Methadone maintenance treatment program (MMTP)
If you or someone you know has a problem with alcohol or drugs, the Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Chemical Dependency is ready to help. Our facility is one of the largest and most comprehensive treatment centers in the city. Our methadone maintenance treatment program (MMTP) allows you to step down through the detoxification process for breaking the cycle of opioid dependence.
The team at Staten Island University Hospital is passionate about helping patients who are chemically dependent and struggling with addiction. To start, you will be assessed by a multidisciplinary team consisting of medical and counseling staff members. You can then be admitted into an appropriate program using the patient placement criteria of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).
All of our programs include individualized treatment plans. Interventions are designed to match the patient's readiness to change, increasing the potential for a positive response to treatment. Motivational interviewing is used to assist the patient in identifying their strengths and to building hope, even after years of dependency and multiple treatment episodes. Because of the unique challenges faced by opioid users, a methadone maintenance treatment program can be more effective than less specialized addiction counseling services.
Methadone, an opioid, is used to treat pain and reduce withdrawal symptoms in people who are addicted to heroin or other narcotic drugs. It is known to lessen the symptoms without causing the "high" that is associated with drug addiction. With withdrawal subdued, patients can more easily engage in counseling and therapy so that long-term benefits can be attained.
Recovery and rehabilitation
It is important that as a patient's recovery progresses, they resume a productive lifestyle. Staten Island University Hospital has a variety of on-site educational and vocational services. We also offer referrals to assist patients in continuing their education, whether they start a job training program or return to the workforce. Because childcare issues represent a significant barrier for many women, childcare is available at the South campus for our outpatient program participants.
Each of our chemical dependency programs is licensed by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Dr. Miguel Tirado, the medical director of chemical dependency services, is credentialed by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. The majority of the counseling staff members are credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselors (CASAC), and many of the nurses are credentialed in addiction nursing.
Related medical services
A comprehensive range of HIV health services is available, including HIV testing with pre- and post-test counseling, OB/GYN, acupuncture, and mental health counseling for infected and affected individuals. We also offer harm reduction and recovery readiness services. Some of these services are available at off-site locations around Staten Island and in our Brooklyn programs.