Educational Alliance offers residential treatment and outpatient substance abuse services for residents in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan. Originating in 1889 to help immigrant Jews from Europe, the organization reached out to the community at large. From educational workshops to crime prevention programs, Educational Alliance has been a service provider to the residents of its community in a multitude of ways. In 1968, they opened Pride Site One, a residential substance abuse treatment center for men only. In 1995, Pride Site Two followed, expanding services to include women. In addition, this organization provides outpatient services for men, women and adolescents, right in the heart of New York City.
Accommodations and Food
Pride Site One is a 60-bed all-male residential facility located on 10th Street in the East Village. This six-story building has administrative offices and rooms for outpatient groups on the first floor. The dining room, counseling offices and TV lounge are on the second level, treatment rooms on the third, and floors four through six are where the men live. There are four men to a room and each floor has its own bathroom. Furnishings are simple but comfortable, with twin beds and shared dressers and closets in each room. Meals are served three times a day, prepared by staff with clients assisting.
With the exception of co-ed housing, Pride Site Two on Avenue D is set up the same way. The 100-bed facility is also a six-story walk up with a TV room, counseling offices, dining area and kitchen, in addition to four floors of residences; men on the top two floors and women below.
There are no cell phones, laptops or smoking allowed at either site. Payphone calls can be made after one month in the program. Residents are responsible for cleaning the facility and chores rotate on a weekly basis.
Treatment and Staff
Any resident requiring detox cannot be admitted and must be drug and alcohol free for at least one week prior to admission. The length of the Educational Alliance residential program is anywhere from six months to two years, depending on the client. Days are fairly structured, with breakfast at 7:30 am and a house meeting at 8:30 am. LADCs facilitate all groups and most of them use CBT. Topics include stress management, coping skills, addiction studies and relapse prevention. After lunch at 11:30 am, group and individual sessions continue until 4 pm. There is free time until dinner and then evening groups resume, starting at 6 pm and ending at 9 pm. Though 12-step meetings are not held at the facility, after three months residents may use buddy to attend AA and NA meetings. Pride Site Two offers gender-specific groups for women, with topics including sex education, self-worth and self-esteem, female roles in society, sexual discrimination, trauma groups, and groups for victims of sexual and domestic violence.
Residents with co-occurring disorders who require medication see the house psychiatrist once a month. These clients also have individual therapy twice a week, rather than the average once-per-week protocol.
Along with the psychiatrist, the treatment team consists of LADCs and treatment technicians who are alumni of the house, for a client-to-staff ratio of 10-to-one.
Educational Alliance’s outpatient services are located on the third floor of Pride Site One. After an assessment, clients are assigned a primary counselor, and those people with co-occurring disorders are evaluated by a psychiatrist. The duration of the outpatient program is typically six months but can be as long as 18 months, depending on the individual. Clients come to the center three times a week for group and individual therapy. Groups are 90 minutes and individual therapy is 60 minutes. Group size is limited to 20 and topics include stress management, coping skills, relapse prevention and peer pressure. Services are also provided for adolescents under 18 but a parent or legal guardian must attend the assessment and grant permission in writing. Outpatient hours are 8am to 8pm, Monday through Friday.
For clients in the residential program, Saturday is family education day, beginning with addiction studies at 11 am and followed by visiting. Individual family therapy sessions are scheduled by each caseworker and take place during the week.
Along with being assigned an individual counselor, each residential client also has a caseworker who assists in obtaining Medicaid, food stamps and funds for vocational training and referrals for medical needs. After nine months in residential treatment and possibly earlier, clients are sent to what is known as Vocational Rehabilitation, which provides job search strategies and education.
Educational Alliance has an impressive track record. Through their commitment to helping the residents of lower Manhattan, they have expanded their reach to include extended care substance abuse treatment that involves the whole family. For over 50 years, Educational Alliance has been there for people struggling with addiction in the city, using group therapy, the 12 steps and alumni to make sure clients are supported well into their first year of sobriety. These people are given the tools they need to survive and prosper; not just substance abuse treatment but vocational training and financial assistance. Educational Alliance is truly a valuable community resource.
Pride Site One
371 E 10th St
New York, NY 10019
Pride Site Two
25 Avenue D
New York, NY 10009
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