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In 1984 Dr. David M. Ockert PhD, founded the Parallax Center in New York City, a private, state-licensed outpatient detox and chemical dependency treatment center. Parallax was the first stand-alone outpatient substance abuse treatment center on the East coast.

Ockert, a graduate of the Columbia University School of Social Work, is an advocate of medication-based chemical dependency treatment. With this in mind, Parallax’s approach is not based in abstinence. It centers around the idea that certain medications, particularly antidepressant medications, greatly improve withdrawal symptoms and reduce the depression, anxiety and stress associated with detox. Parallax offers outpatient detox, group therapy and aftercare to adults over the age of 12.

Treatment and Staff

Treatment begins with a day-long intake session that consists of a group interview conducted by a panel of counselors. After a physical evaluation, clients are given the counselors’ recommendations. The Parallax Center bases most of its treatment around the prescription and monitoring of medications. The duration of treatment depends on the individual.

The program is not 12-step-oriented, instead focusing on using pharmacology to address addiction. Patients see therapists once a week, and also have the option of attending weekly group therapy sessions—including a men’s group, women’s group, and a Saturday morning group session for patients who cannot attend during the week. They use CBT and DBT methods during group sessions.

With 16 licensed social workers and mental health counselors on staff, Parallax serves about 20 patients at a time. Its dual diagnosis treatment is provided by two doctors and multiple registered nurses. Parallax believes that addiction is regularly tied to co-occurring disorders, and makes an effort to treat these disorders from the onset.


The Parallax Center has an aftercare program, which includes individual counseling and group meetings that take place three times a week. Therapy in aftercare aims to assist clients identifying environmental and emotional stressors, with a focus on relapse prevention.

Parallax is also an active research facility in partnership with Columbia University, conducting regular studies on addiction. The program takes a firm stance on the idea that properly prescribed medications can lead to sobriety, and regularly participates in research to learn more about how medications can alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal.

In Summary

The Parallax Center’s outpatient programs are a departure from the traditional abstinence-based recovery model. Those with co-occurring disorders are likely to feel comfortable in a program that believes wholeheartedly in the necessity of medication in recovery. On the other hand, those who want to detox from all mind or mood-altering drugs should look elsewhere for treatment.

Parallax Center Location

145 E 32nd St ,Fl 6
New York, NY 10016

Parallax Center Cost

Co-pay or $500 per day for detoxification program. Reach the Parallax Center at (212) 779-9207 or by email at

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