Founded in 1971, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center‘s Inpatient Chemical Dependency Program in Suffern, New York offers both detox and residential alcohol and drug treatment programs. This structured program is run by medical professionals in a secure hospital ward where clients are strictly supervised. Using the 12 steps along with evidence-based practices, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center aims to help clients to comfortably withdraw from chemicals and to equip them with tools to manage co-occurring disorders as well as straight sobriety.
Accommodations and Food
The detox unit has six beds, two to a room, available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The inpatient chemical dependency program is a small hospital unit where clients also stay in double-occupancy rooms, each client with his or her own dresser, both sharing an en suite bathroom. There is a large common room for clients who wish to read, play games or socialize with one another.
Meals are prepared in the hospital cafeteria and consist of simple foods like fried chicken, hamburgers or turkey burgers, salad and vegetables. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated for medical needs, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as any allergies or food sensitivities.
Treatment and Staff
In order to be admitted into the chemical dependency unit, clients have to be referred from either the hospital’s emergency room or a medical provider. Those needing detox must first be seen in the ER and be diagnosed in a state of acute physical withdrawal from substances. The detox program lasts approximately four to six days, and then patients are typically referred to the inpatient chemical dependency program, which lasts 21 days.
During detox, clients are given medication to help with withdrawals and they are also evaluated by psychiatrists to see if there is an underlying psychiatric condition that has led to substance abuse. In addition, clients receive an education on addiction and on treatment options that exist in and out of the hospital.
Both detox and inpatient treatment emphasize the 12 steps, and evidence-based practices like CBT and DBT are used to facilitate recovery. Group therapy topics include relapse prevention, co-occurring disorders and anger management. Gender-specific groups are also offered and 12-step meetings are held on-site every day. Individual therapy is scheduled on a per client basis. Each client has his or her own treatment plan that is developed by their specialized team, which consists of a physician, nurse, social worker, drug and alcohol counselor, psychologist and nutritionist. The unit is well-staffed at all times, including overnight, with nurses and physicians available in case of emergencies.
Specialized groups in gambling addiction, nicotine cessation and criminal justice are offered in addition to family support groups. Clients have the option of participating in yoga, and during the spring and summer, garden therapy is offered on hospital grounds.
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center’s detox and inpatient chemical dependency programs could be a good fit for someone in an emergency state needing immediate treatment. This intensive program aims to get clients medically and psychologically stabilized before hopefully continuing on to less intense treatment, be it outpatient therapy or other support groups.
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center
255 Lafayette Ave. (Route 59)
Suffern, NY 10901
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center Cost: $14,700+ (21 days). Reach Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center by phone at (845) 368-5000. Find Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center on Facebook and Google+
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