Founded in 1890, the renowned Beth Israel hospital in New York City was originally established to serve the Jewish immigrant community on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. With a long history as a social service organization and a well-respected medical facility, Beth Israel has operated under the umbrella of the Mount Sinai Health System since 2013. The Stuyvesant Square Chemical Dependency Program at Beth Israel’s Bernstein Pavilion provides inpatient and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) for adults suffering from chemical dependency. Beth Israel also has the largest non-profit methadone clinic in the US, with 18 clinics throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn that offer Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) to opioid addicts.
Accommodations and Food
At Stuyvesant Square, the inpatient program has a 30-bed capacity. Gender-specific rooms are shared and, while it is a hospital environment, the facility has been remodeled and decorated to include every comfort. Residents have private bathrooms in each room and there is a well-appointed lounge with a flat-screen TV and private dining area.
Residents are served three nutritious meals a day from the hospital cafeteria. A registered dietician is available to discuss special meal options with clients who are diabetic or require other special menu items.
Treatment and Staff
Clients receive an initial medical evaluation and interview to determine the appropriate level of care. For those who require psychiatric evaluations, appointments are made, while those seeking psychiatric or medical care are provided with immediate assistance. Detox is available; length of stay varies per resident’s needs, but averages three to five days. Medication to ease withdrawal symptoms is provided and the hospital also offers specialized detox services to pregnant women. Ambulatory detox is available for those who suffer from opiate dependency and who can’t commit to stay overnight. In the ambulatory detox program, Suboxone or methadone is provided and clients are required to check in on a daily basis.
The inpatient program lasts 28 days. Using an evidence-based approach, treatment includes group therapy, family therapy, and individual therapy. Talk therapy is used during discussion and daily self-help groups. Residents attend lectures and multimedia presentations that teach them about substance abuse and the effects of addiction. Group topics include stress management, anger management, relapse prevention and co-dependency and there is dual diagnosis support for those with co-occurring disorders. Twelve-step meetings are not offered at the hospital.
In the IOP program, clients meet with their counselors individually as needed, but group therapy is the primary protocol. Groups meet three times a week for three hours. There is a specialized boomer’s group—for clients ages 50 and over—a Spanish-speaking group, and gender-specific and LGBT groups. IOP also offers lectures that discuss the chemical and behavioral effects of addiction and coping strategies to help clients overcome triggers. Other IOP topics include domestic violence, parenting, family dynamics, anger management, stress management, co-dependency and relapse prevention. The length of the IOP curriculum depends on the client’s needs.
The brief therapy program is an option for mentally and physically stable clients. Weekly treatment includes one individual therapy session for 10 weeks. Topics covered include relapse prevention, coping skills, self-help and using community resources. Clients receive homework assignments.
The methadone maintenance program was established more than 40 years ago and operates a network of 18 outpatient clinics. Clients report Monday through Saturday for medication dosing and check-ins with their counselors.
The staff of Beth Israel includes LCSWs, psychiatrists who specialize in substance abuse, certified addiction counselors, registered nurses and physicians.
DUI screenings, assessments and referrals are provided for those who have been court-ordered to treatment. Random urine testing is performed in all the programs.
Beth Israel’s Stuyvesant Square inpatient program is a hospital-based treatment experience that is ideal for those who need medical detox or combined psychiatric and medical care for co-occurring disorders. The methadone program is well-established and offers many convenient dosing locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. However, those seeking a 12-step approach may not find Beth Israel’s programs to be the right fit.
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