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Addiction & Substance Use Rehabilitation

Alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs can severely affect your health — causing organ failure, cancer, and a host of other medical conditions. Addiction to those substances is a chronic disease.

Substance use disorders is the clinical term for addiction to alcohol or drugs, which causes significant impairment. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 20 million Americans have substance use disorder.

NewYork-Presbyterian offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs for those afflicted by substance use disorders. Our multidisciplinary care team integrates a variety of treatment approaches according to individual need. We are dedicated to partnering with you, your family and support network to educate and assist in developing the skills necessary to treat addiction.

Our Approach to Addiction & Recovery

Our rehabilitation services include daytime and evening outpatient programs as well as comprehensive inpatient programs. Our programs are licensed by The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) as a Medically Supervised Ambulatory Substance Abuse Treatment Program.

STARS. The Substance Treatment and Research Service of Columbia University (STARS) at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia provides free and confidential treatment of substance use to those who participate in the STARS clinical trials. Cutting-edge approaches to treating addiction to marijuana, benzodiazepines, cocaine, heroin, or narcotic painkillers are available in a supportive, professional environment.

Smithers Center. The Smithers Family Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia provides substance use treatment to adults aged 18 years and older with co-occurring mental health conditions. Our experts offer a combination of individual, group, and medical therapy tailored to individual needs.

Midtown Center. NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell’s Midtown Center for Treatment and Research is a comprehensive not-for-profit outpatient program for the evaluation and treatment of chemically dependent individuals and their significant others.

Inpatient Rehabilitation. NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Division provides intensive inpatient rehabilitation treatment for alcohol and substance use, with or without additional psychiatric disorders. Its individualized treatment plans are designed to promote abstinence and recovery.

Advanced Clinical Care

Addiction is a disease. Repeated exposure to drugs and alcohol changes brain functions. It is common to be attracted to addictive substances long after recovery. At NewYork-Presbyterian, we provide personalized treatment that focuses on long-term strategies for reducing relapse and improving quality of life.

Our team performs a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation. Based on the information gathered during the assessment, we create an individualized treatment plan, which may include:

  • Individual, group, and family counseling
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Medication management

We also offer specialized group counseling, which focuses on specific themes, such as education on addiction, motivational interviewing, medical consequences, relapse prevention, 12-step program, gender-specific issues, dual diagnosis, discharge planning, pharmacology, and health issues.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

The National Institutes of Health estimates about 8 million Americans living with substance use disorder have one or more co-occurring psychiatric disorder, such as depression or anxiety. Having two illnesses at the same time —known as “comorbidity” — can make treating each disorder more challenging. The clinicians at NewYork-Presbyterian have expertise in the treatment of co-occurring disorders, offering programs to address the substance use disorder as well as other mental health challenges.

Specialty populations

Medical illnesses, common in late-life make treating a substance use problem challenging. At NewYork-Presbyterian, our geriatric psychiatrists and other specialized mental health care professionals offer experience and compassion. Using cognitive-based therapy, motivational interviewing, and other techniques help our older patients achieve abstinence and sustain recovery.

Collaborative Care Team

Our multidisciplinary treatment teams include:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Internists
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Psychologists
  • Pharmacists
  • Social workers (LCSW, LMSW)
  • Registered nurses
  • Registered dietitians
  • Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors (CASACs)
  • Psychosocial rehabilitation specialists

Appointments & Referrals

For more than 10 years, U.S. News & World Report has ranked NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital among the top five hospitals for psychiatry in the United States. This distinction is based on our reputation as leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric conditions and our dedication to providing high-quality care to patients with the most challenging disorders in our communities, clinics, inpatient units and day hospital programs.

If you think that you or a loved one might benefit from the psychiatric services offered at NewYork-Presbyterian, get in touch with us.

  • Search for a specialist in your area through our convenient physician directory.
  • Chat live with a clinical advisor.
  • Get an expert second opinion.
  • Call 877-NYP-WELL, and a friendly representative will help you find the right specialist, right now.

Refer a patient

At NewYork-Presbyterian, we treat a diverse patient population Clinicians in private practice or at other hospitals are welcome to refer their patients to NewYork-Presbyterian. Please call 888 694-5700 to arrange a referral or contact our Referral Development Coordinator at 914 997-5788.

Schedule an appointment today

For more information on our behavioral health services or to schedule a consultation, please call:

Inpatient Addiction & Substance Use Program

21 Bloomingdale Road White Plains, NY 10605

Payne Whitney Clinic Outpatient Service

525 East 68th Street New York, NY 10065

ColumbiaDoctors: The Smithers Family Center

51 West 51st Street New York, NY 10019

STARS of Columbia University

3 Columbus Circle, Suite 1408 New York, NY 10019

Midtown Center for Treatment and Research

56 West 45th Street New York, NY 10036