1600 7th Avenue Troy, New York 12180 Office (518)270-2800 Fax (518)270-2723
Hours of Operation: Monday through Thursday 9:00am – 7:00pm
If you are having an emergency please contact 911 or you may contact one of the following; Seton Addiction Services Troy office at 268-5323 or Samaritan 271-3540
Substance Abuse Specialist provides assessments, individual, family and group therapy, Court Ordered evaluations, information, referral and consultation services. These treatment services are provided in our Troy and Rensselaer City Clinic. Psychiatric consultation is available to the team, which is licensed as a Medically Supervised MICA Clinic.
We believe that addiction is a chronic progressive disease that affects the individual and his/her loved ones. Recovery is achieved by abstinence through a regimen of individual and group therapy. We encourage the participation in self-help recovery groups to support long-term abstinence in the ongoing process of recovery.
Services are designed to help individuals and families affected by substance abuse and dependence. Through education and therapy, one is able to recognize and address the physical, psychological, medical, social and vocational effects as the results of substance abuse behaviors.
Rensselaer County has long been an advocate for substance abuse prevention and treatment. There are six programs in the county licensed by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. They are 820 River Street (residential and supportive living), Conifer Park (outpatient), Hudson Mohawk Recovery Center (day treatment and outpatient), Pahl, Inc. (residential), Seton Health Addiction Services (Inpatient) and Unified Services (outpatient).
The Department of Mental Health, Unified Services operates Drug Free clinics in their Troy and Rensselaer Offices providing the following services:
- Individual, Group and Family Therapy
- Groups: Men and Women
- Referrals: To alternate levels of care and other service providers
- Psychiatric Evaluations
- Relapse Prevention
- Treatment for the Dually Diagnosed
- Court Evaluations
Services are available for Rensselaer County residents of all ages. Medicaid and most insurance are accepted. Self-pay is determined by a sliding scale fee based on income.
Appointments can be made Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. by calling (518) 270-2800.
Licensed Programs, FAQ’s, Alerts, Links
Have you ever thought that you or someone you know might have a Chemical Dependency problem? Answer the questions below to find out.
1. Have you ever felt you should Cut Down on you drinking or drug use?
2. Have people annoyed you by criticizing or complaining about your drinking or drug use?
3. Have you ever felt bad or Guilty about your drinking or drug use?
4. Have you ever had a drink or drug in the morning (Eye Opener) to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?
5. Do you use any drugs other than those prescribed by a physician?
6. Has a physician ever told you to cut down or quit use of alcohol or drugs?
7. Has your drinking/drug use caused family problems?
8. When drinking/using drugs have you ever had a memory loss (blackout)?
If you answer "yes" to any of the above questions you may want to consult with an addictions professional listed below.
The New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services have licensed the following programs to provide treatment within Rensselaer County:
820 River Street Corporation
820 River Street
Troy, New York 12180
106-108 Ninth Street
Troy, New York 12180
1801 Sixth Avenue
Troy, New York 12180
Seton Health Addiction Services
1300 Massachusetts Avenue
Troy, New York 12180
Hudson Mohawk Recovery Center
16 First Street
Troy, New York 12180
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1600 Seventh Avenue
Troy, New York 12180
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Frequently Asked Questions…
1. My brother is addicted and refuses treatment what can I do?
Chemical Dependency programs are voluntary. Although people are often mandated to treatment through the courts, parole or probation they can terminate treatment at any time. Of course, they will have to deal with the repercussions of the mandating authority but the treatment agency does not force or hold people in treatment against their will. Significant others of persons with addictions can avail themselves to services as well. There are self-help groups within the community and treatment providers often have therapists with experience in assisting significant others and working with them to motivate the addict to seek help.
2. How do I get into treatment?
Addiction services are divided into levels of care depending on need. In most cases treatment starts at the least evasive level of care. To start you need to contact an area provider. A brief assessment may be made over the phone to determine appropriateness for treatment. An appointment would follow or a referral to a more appropriate level of care. Once an assessment as been completed the provider will make a diagnosis and level of care determination. That provider may determine they can provide a satisfactory level of care or will refer you to a more appropriate level. The level of care is determined by using a medically approved list of criteria and agreed upon by a multi-disciplinary team of qualified health professionals.
3. My counselor is a man but I'd feel more comfortable working with a woman, what can I do?
Many people enter treatment accepting what they are given or told. If you have special needs of concerns you can make them known to the provider at the time you call for an appointment or when you meet with the therapist for your initial appointment. Most providers are sensitive to your needs and if they don't agree with you they will explain their reasons.
4. Why should I go to self-help groups?
Recovery is an ongoing process and building a network of community supports through recovery groups [go to links] is the most proven way to maintain long-term abstinence.
5. I can't afford treatment, what can I do?
Contact you local provider and inform them of your situation. Most programs offer a sliding scale fee. Most will also be able to advise you if you're eligible for Medicaid or Child and Family Health plus. New York State [go to Links] also operates several inpatient facilities with adjustable rates.
6. What can I do to prevent my teenager from smoking marijuana?
Encourage your teenager to talk with you, talk about marijuana facts, reasons not to smoke and ways to avoid using marijuana in difficult situations, ask open ended questions, control you own emotions, do not support marijuana or alcohol use, develop family rules about teen drug use and the consequences if they use, connect with other parents (Safe Homes) [link to safe homes], keep track of your child's activities - are they where they said they said they would be?
7. Is it all right to serve or provide alcohol in my house to teenagers?
Drinking under the age of 21 is against the law; drug use is against the law at any age, providing alcohol or drugs to minors is a criminal offense. Parents can be sued for damages and injuries caused by underage individuals they serve. In other words, you may be sued for their actions and accidents. The adult is held responsible, not the underage drinker.
Alerts * Alerts * Alerts * Alerts * Alerts * Alerts * Alerts * Alerts * Alerts * Alerts
Marijuana is the most common illegal drug used by young people in this country. Most people don't understand the dangers of using marijuana. Many young people believe it is OK to use because other kids use or they believe the adults in their lives are using or have used marijuana. The marijuana used today is of high potency, addictive and mind altering. It is at least five times stronger then the marijuana of the 1970's and users are over 100 times more likely to go on to other drugs. Kids will often tell you marijuana is 'natural' and safer than tobacco. Well Hello, tobacco is natural too. Marijuana also has many of the same cancer causing compounds as tobacco, sometimes in even higher concentrations. Kids also take the risk that the marijuana is laced with another more potent drug.
Marijuana's Harmful Effects Include:
- Academic: Short term memory loss, shorter attention span, poor learning ability.
- Cardiovascular: Increased heart rate and blood pressure.
- Immunological: Lower ability to fight off infections.
- Legal: Marijuana possession and use is against the law.
- Neurological: Poor coordination and longer reflex time, inability to tract objects.
- Pulmonary: Similar to tobacco re: airway obstruction, coughing and lung cancer.
- Social: Heavy regular users can become fearful, paranoid and lose sight of goals
METH LAB ALERT
There are actions you can take to prevent methamphetamine from being produced in your neighborhood.
Possible Signs of Methamphetamine labs: A combination of the following may be reason for concern:
- Activity at a house or building that is usually at odd hours or late at night.
- Frequent visitors at all times of the day and night.
- Occupants are not friendly or are guarded about their activities.
- Occupants do not appear to hold jobs, yet seem to have money to pay bills with cash.
- Occupant’s behaviors appear odd or paranoid.
- Occupants suspiciously watch passing cars.
- Windows have blackout drapes that are always drawn closed.
- Security at home that is out of the norm for the neighborhood. Examples may include signs such as “Beware of Dog”, “Private Property”, fences, overgrown shrubs and trees.
- Occupants always go outside of the house to smoke cigarettes.
- There are chemical odors coming from the house, garage, garbage or other buildings on the property.
- Garbage contains numerous bottles and containers for chemicals, cleaners and solvents.
- Garbage may also contain numerous coffee filters, bed sheets or other material stained from filtering chemicals.
- Occupants place garbage in another neighbor’s collection area for pick up.
- Evidence of dead areas in the yard where possible waste has been dumped or buried.
www.ca.org (Cocaine Anonymous)
www.na.org (Narcotics Anonymous)
www.als.edu (Albany Law School Legal Clinic)