South Oaks Hospital was founded in 1881 by a group of seven men who wanted to create a “home hotel” for “nervous invalids” in Amityville, on Long Island in New York. The small hotel has since developed into a well-regarded mental health and substance abuse hospital. In 1970, they opened a special outpatient unit for those seeking treatment from drug addiction. Since then, the hospital has undergone many more renovations and changes, and has also added more treatment modalities.
Treatment and Staff
South Oaks Hospital offers both outpatient and intensive outpatient (IOP) chemical dependency programs. The standard outpatient track is designed for addicted clients who are still capable of functioning in the community, whether at work, school or among their families. Outpatient treatment sessions are available six days a week, during the days and evenings.
For those who have more acute cases of addiction and can no longer function on a day-to-day basis, IOP is available in both daytime and evening sessions. Clients typically attend the three-hour sessions three to five times a week. All clients in IOP have a primary counselor with whom they work one-on-one.
South Oaks Hospital starts out with a comprehensive intake assessment that determines the course of the individualized treatment. Both the outpatient and IOP programs offer group and individual therapy and use multiple therapeutic approaches that address not only addiction but also co-occurring disorders. They include motivational interviewing, CBT, DBT and pet therapy. Counselors address communication skills, coping skills, anger management, stress management, medication management and education, and relapse prevention. There is a strong emphasis on 12-step involvement, and clients are referred to local chapters within the community.
Each client gets access to a treatment team of board-certified psychiatrists, social workers, substance abuse counselors and addiction specialists. In addition, nurses, nurse practitioners and pharmacists are also on the premises. The broad professional background of the staff allows them to combine advanced medical techniques with evidence-based practices.
South Oaks Hospital also provides support for family members of clients through family conferences—with client consent— that encourage open communication in a safe setting. Education is another resource for those attending the South Oaks programs, with classes about specific diagnoses available to both family members and clients. Finally, vocational services are also offered.
There is also an impaired driver program for those with DUI records. Patients who participate in the program have all of their treatment records electronically delivered to the DMV and other governmental agencies to show their recovery progress.
South Oaks Hospital has a long history of caring for those with substance abuse disorders and dual diagnoses. They offer comprehensive treatment at an affordable cost and accept most insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid. With a specialized medical staff as well as substantial family support, South Oaks is a worthy option for anyone seeking treatment for addiction or co-occurring disorders at a reasonable price in the New York area.
South Oaks Hospital
400 Sunrise Hwy
Amityville, NY 11701
South Oaks Hospital Outpatient Cost: $3,200 (30 days, most insurance accepted). Reach South Oaks Hospital by phone at (631) 608-5028. Find South Oaks Hospital on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google+
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