McPike Addiction Treatment Center is a 68-bed residential treatment facility in Utica, New York—a small city on the Mohawk River 45 miles east of Syracuse. McPike is operated by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and is housed on the campus of the Mohawk Valley Psychiatric Center (MVPC).
McPike began offering treatment in 1968 as a unit of the Marcy State Hospital. In 1986 it was moved to its current location and renamed in honor of Margaret and Mickey McPike, a couple on the forefront of residential treatment who treated over 4,000 men and women at their Saratoga County farm between 1958 and 1979.
Accommodations and Food
The campus of the Mohawk Valley Psychiatric Center is located at the foot of the Adirondack Mountains and features several acres of green space for recreational walks and outdoor activities. Residents are housed and treated in large brick Georgian home that features dorm-like accommodations. Clients have one roommate and share large bathrooms among every two or three rooms. Men and women sleep in gender-specific quarters, with one wing for women and two wings for men.
The facility provides common areas for TV and many residents use the house Wii gaming systems for exercise programs. There’s also a basketball court on the grounds. Since the facility is within walking distance to downtown Utica, many residents also take walks to nearby cafes and shops when time permits.
McPike provides a free on-site laundry facility and residents may use unit phones to call home. Residents take all their meals in the MVPC cafeteria and coffee is available throughout the day.
Treatment and Staff
The minimum stay at McPike is 30 days, though residents often stay up to 60 days. After an assessment, clinicians create a customized treatment plan for each client that combines individual and group therapy. Groups are both gender-specific and co-ed and care is taken to determine if a client’s recovery will be better-facilitated by gender-specific treatment. There is also a separate Women’s Program that provides therapy groups, peer discussion groups and classes that address concerns specific to women in recovery.
Groups do not exceed fifteen participants and clinicians use both CBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI) in addition to other evidence-based practices. The treatment team at McPike includes psychologists, physicians and recreational therapists. Clients are encouraged to attend community 12-step meetings which are available several times each day in Utica. McPike hosts two on-site 12-step meetings—one on Thursday evenings and the other on Sunday mornings.
McPike’s Dual Recovery track provides classes and therapy groups for residents with co-occurring disorders. Groups teach clients how to develop coping skills that address their mental health diagnoses. It also offers Dual Recovery Anonymous meetings to help clients apply the 12 step framework to dual diagnosis.
Families are encouraged to visit residents and can schedule appointments throughout the week. All clients have access to smoking cessation programs and co-occurring gambling disorder treatment. Nearing completion of treatment, counselors work closely with each client to make an aftercare plan and refers clients to nearby outpatient programs, halfway houses and sober living facilities.
McPike Addiction Treatment Centers has provided effective residential treatment to the residents of Utica and surrounding areas for over thirty years. With gender-specific group therapy and a dual diagnosis track facilitated by the staff of the Mohawk Valley Psychiatric Center, McPike is well-equipped to address the trauma and mental health issues that lie at the root of many men and women’s struggles with substance abuse.
McPike Addiction Treatment Center Location
1213 Court St
Utica, NY 13502
McPike Addiction Treatment Center Cost
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