The First Presbyterian Church founded the Rescue Mission of Utica in the 1890s to help rehabilitate the growing alcoholic population of Utica, New York. Located 90 miles northwest of Albany, Utica is situated at the foot of the Adirondack Mountains and has struggled economically since the decline of manufacturing in the last half of the last century. Nearly one-third of its residents live below the poverty line.
For the last 20 years, the Rescue Mission has operated two substance abuse treatment programs. Its Addictions Crisis Center provides detox and inpatient treatment to men and women with the aim of helping them locate long-term treatment. Its Parker House Residential Aftercare Program is a long-term faith-based residential program for men. The Rescue Mission also operates an emergency shelter—a residential facility for those struggling with mental illness and a Learning Center, which helps residents with vocational training and job search skills.
Accommodations and Food
The Addictions Crisis Center has 20 beds in a dorm-like atmosphere. Both men and women are admitted and they reside in separate gender-specific sections of the facility. There is a TV room for recreation, and the Rescue Mission’s campus cafeteria provides all meals. Cell phones and personal computers are not permitted. Clients in need of clothing and hygiene products are given assistance by the organization. On-site laundry facilities are also available for client use.
Treatment and Staff
Those admitted to the center are typically in need of medical detox and they must be open to abstinence-based treatment. Detoxing clients are medically monitored and screened for mental health disorders.
Once clients are stabilized, they can attend group therapy and psychoeducation classes. Groups use CBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI) to help clients identify triggers and learn coping skills. Classes include education on the disease of addiction, STD/HIV prevention and preparing for long-term treatment. If clients wish, they can also receive Christian spiritual counseling to assist their spiritual recovery. Those in need of dual diagnosis support receive referrals to nearby mental health clinics.
The center’s intention is to prepare clients for long-term treatment. To that end, the treatment team helps each individual locate residential treatment or outpatient treatment (whichever is the highest level of care needed and available) to begin as soon as they are able to leave. The Rescue Mission also offers employment and vocational training services to interested residents in its Learning Center.
The Rescue Mission of Utica has been providing the residents of upstate New York with effective substance abuse, mental health treatment and emergency services for over 100 years. Its Addictions Crisis Center offers medically-supervised detox alongside treatment groups and aftercare planning, giving those in the throes of addiction a safe place to stabilize their health and receive guidance to plan their next stage of recovery.
Rescue Mission of Utica
Addictions Crisis Center
210 Lansing St
Utica, NY 13501
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