Although New Haven, Connecticut is home to prestigious universities like Yale, certain areas are also host to serious drug abuse problems, poverty and urban blight. South Central Rehabilitation Center is the meeting place of those two worlds. As part of the Cornell Scott Hill Health Center, which started as a non-profit collaboration between the New Haven community and Yale School of Medicine, SCRC aims to provide state-of-the-art and integrated care for those suffering from addiction and co-occurring disorders.
SCRC began as a detox facility in the 1990s but has since expanded its reach and programs to include methadone maintenance, an outpatient program, infectious disease management and psychological treatment. SCRC is one of the few facilities in the nation to combine so many different treatments—it’s a one-stop-shop that takes a holistic and well-rounded approach to addiction.
Treatment and Staff
SCRC embraces a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to treatment, with an overall philosophy of harm-reduction (as opposed to facilities with abstinence-based philosophies). It provides detox with both methadone and Suboxone treatment. There are also psychiatrists on staff for medication management, and MDs to treat primary medical issues.
Detox can host 29 clients at a time, and can handle a full range of substance problems from opiates to methamphetamines to alcohol abuse. The process lasts five to seven days and is medically supervised in a hospital-like setting.
After detox, SCRC clients can move on to the outpatient track. The length of treatment varies according to the needs of the client. Because of their focus on harm reduction, the goal of abstinence isn’t imposed on every client. Instead, SCRC “meets people where they are,” which can sometimes mean only minimizing the harmful effects of drug use.
Techniques commonly employed at SCRC’s outpatient program include CBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI), which are are implemented through group and individual therapy sessions. Group sessions are held daily, and tend to be a mix of outpatients clients and those still in the detox stage. Group sizes can vary from as few as three people a group to as many as 15 or 16.
There are around 85 people on the staff of SCRC including medical providers, LPNs and RNs, medical technicians, a psychiatrist, social workers and licensed Master’s level therapists.
SCRC is one of the few substance abuse programs in the country that offers such an extensive integration of services to those suffering from substance abuse. In particular, their emphasis on managing infectious diseases on top of all the addiction treatment is a particular bonus.
South Central Rehabilitation Center is a good choice for those who have truly hit bottom, though SCRC program director Ben Metcalf claims that the program is versatile enough to help to anyone at any stage of addiction. While those seeking complete abstinence may find themselves at odds with the relatively flexible harm-reduction approach, overall SCRC has a professional staff and comprehensive treatment programs.
South Central Rehabilitation Center
232 Cedar St
New Haven, CT 06519
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