Founded in 1940, New York City’s Samaritan Village is a multi-borough organization that has helped down-and-out New Yorkers since the mid-20th century recover from substance abuse and poverty. Samaritan Village operates five residential treatment centers throughout the city that cater to male and female veterans, new mothers and people with co-occurring disorders.
Samaritan Village opened its first residential home in 1970 in Queens. Dedicated to treating substance abuse, the facility launched with 12 clients. Samaritan Village has since expanded to two residential facilities for veterans as well as its Young Mothers perinatal substance abuse program.
Accommodations and Food
Accommodations vary from facility to facility, but all house residents live in a dorm-type setting with double-occupancy rooms. Bathrooms are communal and the food is prepared by the residents and served family-style.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment plans at Samaritan Village facilities are highly individualized, and the length of treatment varies from client to client. Samaritan offers a variety of residential detox, non-detox residential and outpatient programs which may be combined with services particular to veterans and young mothers, such as PTSD treatment or childcare.
Residential life takes place in extremely structured and intense environments utilizing community-based recovery programs. Using a combination of peer help, mutual help and self help, the program aims to help residents develop new pro-social attitudes and behaviors. Other specific treatment includes group therapy, individual addiction-focused counseling, mental health services and work skills. In order to prevent relapse, Motivational Interviewing (MI) is used to build a sense of pride and self-esteem so residents don’t end up backsliding.
In the outpatient program, individuals receive one-on-one counseling and group therapy during six months of enrollment.
The Young Mothers program helps mothers with substance abuse problems by allowing their children to live with them as they work on their recovery and parenting skills in a structured and supportive environment. This program offers a multi-faceted treatment approach, just like the other Samaritan Village facilities, providing access to education, employment and vocational services. This facility is staffed by medical professionals, with a focus on prenatal, maternal and pediatric care.
Samaritan Village offers many different economical options for people—like young moms and veterans—in tight spots. With its community-based treatment model, it’s a good place for people who are willing to really work on getting sober.
138-02 Queens Blvd
Briarwood, NY 11435-2647
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