Argus Community (ARU) was founded in New York City’s Bronx borough in 1968. What began as a single substance abuse treatment center has evolved into a program that provides a variety of support services from several facilities in Manhattan and the Bronx. Argus Community offers long-term residential substance abuse and addiction treatment for men at Striver House.
Accommodations and Food
Located in Harlem, Striver House has a 60-bed capacity. Spacious rooms accommodate up to three men. Besides a bed, each resident is equipped with a dresser and a personal locker.
Striver House has an on-site chef who prepares home-cooked cuisine. While vegetarians might not be too happy here, the food has an excellent reputation. Entrees include steak, fish and chicken. The ARU program is located two blocks away from Striver House. IOP clients are served free, nutritious breakfasts and lunches.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment length at Striver House is between 12 and 18 months. Upon intake, men receive complete psychosocial and physical evaluations, as well as TB testing. While dual diagnosis support is not available, referrals are made to outside providers, including Prometheus, a mental health facility that operates under the Argus Community network. Striver House’s services include Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) and monitoring. Residents receive individualized treatment plans.
Using an evidence-based approach, treatment includes group therapy, individual therapy, family counseling and substance abuse education. Residents attend 12-step meetings off the premises. Striver House accepts Medicaid and SSI and offers a sliding fee scale to clients experiencing financial hardship.
Length of treatment in the ARU outpatient program varies per the client’s requirements. Assessment involves three face-to-face intake evaluations that include a bio-psycho-social evaluation, medical history review and a complete physical examination. Clients with co-occurring disorders are referred to outside mental health sources.
Weekly ARU treatment includes eight group sessions and between one and two individual sessions. Group topics include anger management, relapse prevention, Motivational Interviewing (MI), 12-step philosophy and recovery skills. Groups contain 10 to 12 attendees per session. While clients are introduced to the 12 steps, attendance at AA/NA meetings is optional. Out-of-pocket cost for the complete intake package is between $60 and $70. Group therapy costs $9 per session, while individual therapy costs $45 per meeting. Sliding scale fees are available for qualified clients.
Striver House and ARU outpatient staff include 10 certified substance abuse and addiction counselors.
Aftercare is provided free of charge for six months. Clients receive vocational support, job placement services and assistance with parole or probation issues.
The men at Striver House participate in baseball game outings and park events.
Argus Community offers hope and treatment to financially challenged clients who want to shut the door on their dark pasts and build promising bright futures. Striver House has a great reputation in the local community and a lengthy waiting list. Thanks to the family-like ambiance, some residents don’t want to leave even after their 18-month residency is completed.
Argus Community Striver House
760 E 160th St
New York, NY 10456
Argus Community Striver House Cost: $1,005 (30 days). Reach Argus Community Striver House by phone at (718) 401-5726 or by email at [email protected]. Find Argus Community Striver House on Linkedin, Facebook and Google+
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