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New York Center for LivingThe Basics

The New York Center for Living, first opened in 2009 by Elizabeth Kabler, is a modern, abstinence-based 12-step outpatient program for adolescents and young adults between the ages of 13 to 30. As the first facility of its kind in New York City, theirs is a comprehensive approach that addresses the mental, behavioral and emotional patterns often found in young addicts (though they also offer support for their clients’ families).

Treatment and Staff

Upon arrival at The New York Center for Living, clients must be assessed by both the medical director and a primary therapist in order to get treatment recommendations. There are four different tracks available, all of them outpatient. The first two are intensive, one for those between the ages of 13 and 18 and one for those between 18 and 30; the third is a lighter one-hour-a-week outpatient track, and the fourth is a family track.

The staff is composed of social workers, psychiatrists, MFTs, clinical supervisors, a certified personal trainer, a registered dietician and a credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselor, all with many years of experience between them. Staff are prepared to deal with substance abuse as well as co-occurring disorders like depression and anxiety; clients’ developmental, social and psychological needs are all focused on to create a lasting foundation for recovery.

Both Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) tracks meet for four hours in the evenings, Monday through Friday, with time split between group therapy and individual counseling sessions. Group sessions include CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing (MI), addiction education, relapse prevention topics and family relationship counseling.

For those interested in a lighter time commitment, their third outpatient track requires only seven hours a week of individual, group and family therapy. This is primarily used as a step down for those transitioning from an intensive program, but could also be helpful for people who have established longer periods of sobriety and still want extra support.

The family track serves parents who wish to learn more about addiction, prevention and co-occurring diseases such as ADHD, depression and anxiety. This program allows parents to better understand what their child is going through and how to help them through this challenging time.

Extras 

One strength of The New York Center for Living is that the mind-body connection is not overlooked—clients are provided access to a fully-stocked pantry full of healthy, organic food options to keep their bodies and brains healthy. In the two main programs (outlined below), clients are encouraged to make their own meals in order to improve their life skills and develop a healthy relationship with food; neither caffeine nor refined sugars are allowed. A registered dietician teaches clients about proper nutrition, and also cooks with them once a week.

In order to help lower stress and promote regular exercise, the facility’s resident personal trainer leads group circuit training classes while a certified yoga instructor guides clients through restorative yoga.

In Summary

For families looking for a dynamic outpatient program that supports the needs of young adults, The New York Center for Living presents a thorough, integrated program. Clients will receive necessary life skills in addition to gaining an understanding of why they’ve made poor decisions, and how not to in the future. The added mental health, nutrition, mindfulness and fitness bonuses of this outpatient program make it a stand-out amongst its competitors.

New York Center for Living
1440 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10029

New York Center for Living Cost: $3500 (30 days). Reach New York Center for Living by phone at (212) 712-8800. Find New York Center for Living on Facebook and Twitter

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