Nassau University Medical Center was founded in 1935 as Meadowbrook Hospital, on Long Island, New York. Today, the 1,200 bed public healthcare facility has been renamed and operates an entire mental health and addiction unit that is dedicated to treating patients with addiction and co-occurring disorders. Nassau University Medical Center addresses substance abuse in a multidisciplinary approach, utilizing many different treatment models and services in its detox program and the 28-day residential chemical dependency rehabilitation unit.
Accommodation and Food
The detox and 30-bed chemical dependency programs are closed units in a hospital setting, with two patients to a room. These typically furnished hospital units are also very structured and clients only leave the premises when supervised by staff members. The food is prepared by the hospital cafeteria; classic American style meals with beef or chicken in addition to other, more adventurous specials. Dietary accommodations can be made for health restrictions, food allergies or vegetarian needs, but the hospital cannot accommodate gluten-free or vegan requests.
Treatment and Staff
The chemical dependency detox unit at Nassau University Medical Center offers a medically managed detox for clients withdrawing from alcohol, opiates and other addictive drugs. As mentioned, this is a closed unit on the hospital’s 10th floor. All detox patients are educated about addiction and informed that detox should only be the first step—the staff encourages all clients to get help elsewhere to maintain abstinence. Typically, detox lasts five days, but exact length of treatment is based on each client’s individual needs.
The Chemical Dependency Rehabilitation Unit is a 28-day program with a multi-pronged approach. One of the main therapeutic modalities is CBT, used in combination with addiction counseling and education, comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and family education and support. Group therapy includes process groups, nutritional counseling, on-site 12-step meetings, relapse prevention and recreational therapy. Individual therapy happens at least once a week, while clients needing dual diagnosis support also see a psychiatrist. The intent is for each client to understand fully the impact of alcohol and drug addictition on their lives and to gain an understanding and awareness for the personal psychosocial reasons they turn to substance abuse in the first place.
Both units are staffed 24 hours a day with psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed social workers, registered nurses, credentialed addiction counselors, nutritionists and even clergy members; in the evenings nurses supervise the units. A medical evaluation is given to each patient, and medical specialists can be seen if needed.
With a nod to aftercare, it is a priority at Nassau University for staff members to organize continuing treatment and give patients referrals for other support services once they leave the hospital. This could include outpatient services, sober living and information about community support meetings.
Nassau University Medical Center is a medically-driven chemical rehabilitation center in a hospital setting, which has a lot to offer, given it’s a public hospital. This could be an ideal facility for anyone without insurance in Long Island needing medical detox, or anyone with dual diagnosis or a serious medical issue. By focusing on psychological and spiritual tools in addition to psychiatric treatment, Nassau University Medical Center has created an appealing and affordable treatment option.
Nassau University Medical Center
201 Hempstead Turnpike
East Meadow, NY 11554
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