I recognized that I need help with an addiction to drugs or alcohol and have been evaluated for inpatient treatment. How can St. Joseph’s help me get the care I need?
At our 67-bed coeducational Inpatient facility in Saranac Lake, clients generally reside with us for 90 days, an extended stay that is longer than most treatment facilities. Experience proves that a lengthened, holistic approach to chemical dependency treatment is very effective in attaining and maintaining sobriety. Our comprehensive program focuses on client-centered care that addresses the specific needs of each client.
Our Integrated Holistic Approach to Treatment
Beginning with a thorough assessment, individuals move through a time-tested process of education, individual therapy and group counseling. St. Joseph’s unique mountain setting inspires reflective thought and introspection. The physical environment of our treatment center complements the therapeutic process, easing the mind and elevating the individual above the addiction. St. Joseph’s Inpatient services include:
Nursing/medical, bio-psycho-social, psychiatric evaluations and medication monitoring.
Substance use disorders, chemical dependency, pharmacological aspects of addiction, self-esteem, health/tobacco, HIV/AIDS, emotions, relationships/love, relapse prevention, etc.
Nutrition, family relationships, STDs, nicotine dependence, educational videos, trauma and abuse.
Women’s groups, men’s anger management, conflict resolution, assertiveness training, life skills, grief, transition/treatment to aftercare, spirituality, GED classes, job readiness, mindfulness-based relapse prevention.
Pastoral Care Services:
Individual sessions, spirituality, grief issues, resentments to forgiveness, prayer & meditation.
Yoga, Tai Chi, aerobics, arts & crafts and hiking.
St. Joseph’s integrated approach to addiction treatment addresses all aspects of personal recovery. We offer individualized lengths-of-stay, extensive family services, mental health services for co-occurring disorders, spirituality, recreation therapy, a statewide supportive fellowship network, specialized services for women, and treatment approaches focusing on the needs of clients involved in the legal system.
Adirondack Therapeutic Recreational Activities:
Therapeutic recreation is an important element of our treatment approach. We encourage each individual to take advantage of the facility’s pristine mountain environment through a variety of outside activities including nature walks, hiking, volleyball, and many other recreational opportunities.
St. Joseph’s philosophy is that recreational pursuits build stamina, confidence and mental and physical strength. The activities serve to inspire creativity, encourage problem solving and promote team building—skills that translate into other aspects of personal rehabilitation.
Intensive Spiritual Program:
We believe that an affirming relationship with self, others and a higher power of one’s personal understanding is critical to successfully recovering from the disease of addiction. At St. Joseph’s, spirituality has an important place in everyone’s recovery program, no matter whether one is a believer in a god, is an atheist, or agnostic. Accordingly, residents are assisted in developing a spiritual recovery program through supportive relationships and through fellowship with one another.
From the onset of treatment, St. Joseph’s works with each individual to establish goals and to create an action plan for continuing recovery. Residents must be open to aftercare planning, which may include a stay of three (3) months in a Guest House or 6 – 12 months or more in a community residence or other alcohol and drug-free residence upon successful completion of St. Joseph’s inpatient program. The individual’s referring source may be actively involved in the Aftercare Planning process.
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After over a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, more than 300,000 veterans have been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, which is often accompanied by depression, substance abuse, and other anxiety disorders.
To address this challenge St. Joseph’s applied in 2008 to the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) to fund the construction of a long-term residence for veterans and, importantly, their families, suffering from both addiction and post traumatic stress disorder.
The resulting 25-bed facility, built on the grounds of our Glenwood campus, is named in memory of St. Joseph’s former Medical Director and past Commander of the 376th Combat Support Hospital, Col. C. David Merkel, M.D.
In addition to our main Inpatient campus in Saranac Lake, we operate outpatient services which are located in Franklin and Essex Counties:
91 Woodruff Street, Saranac Lake, NY 12983
Phone: 518-891-5353 / Fax: 518-891-7361
458 East Main Street, Malone, NY 12953
Phone: 518-483-6566 / Fax: 518-481-4213
Court Street, Elizabethtown, NY 12932
Phone: 518-873-9144 / Fax: 518-873-9158
50 Montcalm Street, Ticonderoga, NY 12883
1703 Front Street
Keeseville, NY 12944
Phone: 518-834-5550 / Fax: 518-834-5557
100 County Rt. 43, Massena, NY
To include inpatient treatment for adolescents and their families, particularly in light of growing heroin and opioid abuse among this population, St. Joseph’s recently formed an affiliation with Rose Hill, an adolescent treatment center in Massena, NY.
Rose Hill began operations in 1988 specifically for the treatment of adolescents in northern St. Lawrence County and today serves male and female clients between the ages of 12 and 20.
Since becoming a part of St. Joseph’s in 2015, Rose Hill has received approval from the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) to expand its approved number of beds from 14 to 21. This approval significantly decreases the waiting time for teens and young adults with heroin and opioid addiction in particular to be admitted to Rose Hill.
St. Joseph’s Supportive Living Program, Joseph’s House, is located in Poughkeepsie, and our aftercare facilities are in the communities of Poughkeepsie, and Schenectady.
As housing with supportive services is integral to sustained recovery, St. Joseph’s is establishing an 18-unit apartment house with support services in Malone, NY for 20 adults and ten children who are homeless or who are at high risk of becoming homeless and who are in recovery from addiction. This program will be the first of its kind in Franklin County. This $5.56 million initiative will be funded by the New York State Homeless Housing and Assistance Corporation. North Country Community College and Franklin County Department of Social Services will partner with St. Joseph’s on this important new venture.
St. Joseph’s is proud to offer the only residential family program of its kind in New York State. Each resident of our inpatient facility participates in a four day session designed to address the difficulties that often arise in families when addiction is present.
Residents are given the opportunity to invite loved ones to attend their session at our inpatient facility. Those who attend will experience an intensive therapeutic intervention aimed at healing the damage caused by the addiction. It is the hope of the Family Department that each participant of the sessions leaves with an increased understanding of chemical dependency, as well as, the steps necessary to achieve recovery both as a family and individually.
St. Joseph’s also provides treatment for incarcerated individuals through our Jail Program which we operate in Essex and Franklin Counties.