Located in an urban stretch of Astoria, Queens just outside of Manhattan, Reality House, Inc. offers both a co-ed outpatient program and transitional care substance abuse treatment for men. In operation since 1967, its new facility was built in 2013 and houses both programs. RHI has specialized treatment groups for veterans and HIV-positive individuals. Its mission is to “assist individuals, families and communities lead productive and positive lifestyles and to achieve higher levels of accomplishments.”
Treatment and Staff
RHI offers both a standard outpatient track and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Clients enrolled in the standard track attend group therapy once or twice a week and have individual therapy as-needed. Clients in the IOP attend group sessions two to three times each week and have individual therapy once or twice weekly. The duration of treatment is progress-based with most clients completing their treatment plan in three to six months.
Groups don’t exceed 15 participants and topics include relapse prevention, the disease model of addiction and general health and wellness. The cornerstone of therapy at RHI is CBT and therapists also use Motivational Interviewing (MI). Groups are led by addiction counselors such as CASACs and Master’s-level therapists including Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHCs) and LCSWs. Residents with co-occurring disorders have access to RHI’s psychiatrist for medication management and can receive treatment for their mental health diagnosis from RHI’s therapists.
RHI encourages clients to use the 12-step framework. While there’s no requirement to attend 12-step meetings, they are strongly encouraged and several are within walking distance of the facility.
RHI has specialized treatment groups for HIV-positive clients including medical management, partner notification and bereavement programs. Specialized services for veterans include identifying traumatic brain injury, identifying Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and accessing veteran benefits and entitlements.
Those who have completed their treatment plan can attend RHI’s weekly relapse prevention group for on-going support. RHI also helps clients navigate the criminal justice system and access legal aid. It’s currently in the process of developing a family program to treat and educate the loved ones of clients.
Reality House, Inc. has been providing New Yorkers with effective substance abuse treatment for nearly 50 years. Its outpatient program offers long-term treatment allowing clients to adjust length and frequency based on individual progress. It has specialized programs for HIV-positive individuals and veterans and decades of experience with the legal and criminal justice services of New York City. Reality House, Inc. might be an especially good choice for those whose lives may be stabilized by accessing low-cost on-going healthcare and legal services.
Reality House, Inc.
8-13 Astoria Blvd
Astoria, NY 11102
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