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Services

** All services listed are available at all Beacon Center locations, unless otherwise noted

Confidentiality
All patient records are strictly confidential, and protected under HIPAA and 42 CFR Part 2.


Medication Supported Recovery Program

This program has been designed to aid in successful recovery of substance use disorder through evidence-based counseling along with medication management overseen by a clinic physician. The program focuses on the use of medication and patient centered counseling provided in a judgment-free environment, allowing the patient to make and maintain long-term behavioral changes without suffering major withdrawal symptoms or further medical consequences. All individuals will be assessed under the direct supervision of a physician, and be subject to medication management by both the physician and treatment team. Beacon Center staff will work to ensure patient safety, appropriate medication use, maintenance of an appropriate level of care for each individual, and to help patients manage their triggers, cravings, and relapse prevention. Medications typically prescribed are Buprenorphine (Suboxone ®) for Opioid Use Disorder, Vivitrol® (in a one time monthly injection) for Opioid Use Disorder and/or Alcohol Use Disorder and Naltrexone (Revia®) for Alcohol Use Disorder.


Compass Program
The Compass Program is specifically designed for adults in need of simultaneous treatment for both substance use and mental health disorders. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), approximately 8.9 million adults have co-occurring disorders, and only 7.4 percent of individuals receive treatment for both substance use and mental health disorders. Research also indicates that compared to persons without co-occurring disorders, individuals with co-occurring disorders are more likely to be hospitalized, homeless, incarcerated, or infected with infectious diseases. The Compass Program addresses the obstacles encountered on the path to recovery from addiction and related mental health issues. While engaged in Beacon Center's Compass Program, clients will learn how their mental health and substance addiction interact through two evidence-based treatment phases. These phases will educate patients on how substance use can change emotions, behaviors, thinking, and perception, and can trigger, mask, or mimic mental health symptoms.

Intensive Outpatient (Utica Office Only)
In keeping with Beacon Center's philosophy that treatment should be conducted at the level that is least intrusive, yet still effective, in the lives of the patients, the Alternative to Inpatient Program is for those who require more intensive therapy to achieve a stable abstinence than is found in a traditional outpatient program, meeting for one individual and five group-therapy sessions per week. At the same time, this program allows patients to remain at home with their families and to maintain their employment. The patient will attain and accept abstinence as a condition of continued treatment and will agree to consider entering a higher level of care if unable to remain abstinent from all mood-altering substances while in this program. Goals of this program are that the patient will: understand the impact that alcohol and/or other drug use has had on his or her life and on family members; break through any denial of the substance abuse; recognize defense mechanisms that are used; and learn new ways to cope with daily problems without the use of mood-altering substances. The patient will identify relapse triggers in his or her life and will begin to identify and to appropriately express feelings in all situations without the use of alcohol or other drugs. The patient will explore and practice ways to improve self esteem, and any remaining unresolved issues will be identified to prevent relapse.

Outpatient Counseling
A thorough evaluation is performed on all incoming patients to determine whether or not alcohol or substance-abuse treatment is indicated. This examines a patient's alcohol and other drug use, if any, in addition to social and occupational functioning, physical health and medical history, legal status and history, and mental status and psycho-social history. Random urine toxicology samples are taken to reveal the current presence of any mood-altering substances or their metabolites in the body. Chain-of-custody tests may also be conducted upon request, and Alco-Sensor tests are performed on every patient to detect B.A.C. levels. Hair testing, which can reveal a patient's pattern of illicit drug use up to ninety days prior to the harvesting of the hair sample, is available.

If a patient does not provide us with the results of a recent physical examination, a comprehensive nursing assessment, performed by a registered nurse, is part of the evaluation process. A complete medical history is obtained, as well as a family history of alcohol and/or substance abuse. Vital signs are also taken. If any health needs are identified, the patient will be referred for appropriate follow up.

Other aspects of the evaluation process include contacting and obtaining information from various collateral sources. Detailed reports are prepared upon request with a valid consent form in place, as required by Federal law. Once the evaluation is completed, the patient may not be in need of services, or, if treatment is recommended, the level of care that is most appropriate for the patient will be determined.


Adolescent / Young Adult Programs
When it is time for extra help with a teen's alcohol or other drug problem, it is time for our Young Adult Program. The teen years are often filled with risk-taking behavior and peer pressure to make choices that may lead to alcohol and other drug use. This program helps young adults to learn about their alcohol or other drug use, how to have lifestyles that are free from all mood-altering substances, how to deal with peer pressure and improve self esteem, and how to have fun without the use of alcohol or other drugs. Family involvement is very strongly encouraged in this program, which also helps families to become knowledgeable about alcohol and other drug use, how to effectively deal with their family member's chemical abuse, and how to stay together as a family. This program features individual therapy once a week, group-therapy sessions twice weekly, and Family Day once a month.

Women's Program / Men's Program
The Men's and Women's Programs afford participants a safe environment in which to share about their concerns and about the unique influences in their lives. The way in which gender affects patients' societal functioning is explored in these groups.

Beacon Center recognizes that chemically dependent women have special issues and needs that must be resolved to promote recovery. The multiple issues that chemically dependent women face include issues of sexuality, such as rape, childhood sexual abuse, prostitution, and abortion. As a result of these issues, Beacon Center's Women's Program is geared toward helping women develop their self esteem as well as their assertiveness skills. It creates a therapeutic milieu that is sensitive to women's needs and concerns while providing a supportive environment just for women.

The men's program is designed to meet the special needs of some male patients. It provides a safe environment for exploring male issues, attitudes, and values. Topics of discussion include relationships, domestic violence, and expressing and handling the patients' emotions. The goal is to provide assistance and support that will lead to life-long recovery and healthier relationship with others.

Other Specialized Services (Location availablility varies by need)
Beacon Center continually monitors evolving trends and develops specialized services to meet the changing population's needs.

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