Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH), located on the North Shore of Staten Island, was founded in 1861 as Samuel R. Smith Infirmary, adopting its current name in the 1990s. Within its Center for The Prevention & Treatment of Chemical Dependency, Staten Island University Hospital offers medical detox, outpatient treatment, including a methadone maintenance and a harm reduction program for local residents, as well as an inpatient program for addiction and co-occurring disorders.
Accommodations and Food
The 24-bed inpatient program is a floor above the detox unit in the hospital. It treats men and women in a clinical setting, so rooms are equipped with basic accommodations like hospital beds, TVs and en suite bathrooms. Rooms are shared and all meals are provided in the hospital cafeteria.
Treatment and Staff
If treatment begins with detox, clients remain in this unit for an three to six days. Staff members conduct bio-psycho-social assessments and utilize Motivational Interviewing (MI) to determine whether clients will continue on to treatment at SIUH’s inpatient or outpatient programs.
The residential program is 28 days. It is licensed by the New York State Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services and accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Days begin with an early breakfast followed by intensive individual and group therapy that uses evidence-based practices like CBT and DBT. Group topics include relapse prevention, codependency and life skills. Clients are kept busy until dinner, after which they attend on-site 12-step meetings or enjoy free time.
SIUH also provides dual diagnosis support for chemical dependency and mental health needs. In addition to the array of counselors and techs for the inpatient program, the treatment team for clients with co-occurring disorders includes a medical doctor and registered nurses.
The SIUH team of medical and counseling staff members assist clients based on the criteria of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Most staff members are CASACs; many nurses are credentialed addiction nurses. The Medical Director of Chemical Dependency Services, Dr. Miguel Tirado, is credentialed by The American Society of Addiction Medicine.
Relatives may participate in family groups to work out the challenges they face living with loved ones with addiction issues and to prepare for aftercare. Since a goal of treatment at SIUH is to re-integrate clients with their families, communities and workplaces, a number of vocational education groups are available; including life management workshops, career exploration, resume writing, literacy and GED test preparation. Family groups and vocational education serve as part of the transition from the inpatient to the outpatient programs.
Staten Island University Hospital’s residential program offers detox followed by medically-supervised inpatient treatment for addiction and co-occurring disorders. Its commitment to enriching the lives of its graduates is clear through its numerous vocational and family groups. Staten Island University Hospital is dedicated to making sure clients have the tools they need to succeed in long-term recovery.
Staten Island University Hospital
475 Seaview Ave
Staten Island, NY 10305
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