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Midtown Center for Treatment and Research

About Us

The 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. The program is licensed by the New York State Office of Addiction Supports and Services (NYS OASAS) as an Article 822, Medically-Supervised Ambulatory Substance Abuse Treatment Program (SATP).

As faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College, a world-renowned academic and research institution, staff take part in and are exposed to cutting edge research exploring the mechanisms and treatment of substance abuse. Clinical team members reflect a variety of rich and diverse academic backgrounds from the fields of medicine, psychology, social work and counseling with special interest and certification in the field of alcoholism and substance abuse.

Mission

Our mission is to inspire individuals to explore and identify their own motivation for recovery.

Through a commitment to the growth process, we hope to guide individuals toward lasting change. Our program provides an integrated wellness approach to addiction, focusing on addressing and improving all aspects of an individual’s social, psychological and interpersonal functioning.

Services

Intake and Treatment Evaluation

Includes an initial evaluation session, followed by a medical and psychiatric evaluation by a member of Midtown Center's medical staff.

Individualized Treatment Planning

Tailored to the individual’s needs that include a blend of group and individual therapy modalities. Treatment aims to foster peer support and empathy while addressing the individual’s unique life issues in one-on-one therapy sessions.

Group Psychotherapy

Our core treatment approach. It includes all aspects of the recovery process including both didactic/education and emotional support, facilitated by a licensed clinician. Participants in a group treatment milieu for substance use disorders exhibit more improvement on typical outcome measures and group engagement aids in the development of a strong, sober recovery network.

Individual Psychotherapy

Includes a wide range of therapeutic interventions addressing the cognitive-emotional underpinnings of addiction. We employ Cognitive-Behavioral therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Mindfulness, Trauma-focused therapy with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Neurofeedback, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) as indicated.

Medication-Assisted Treatment to support recovery
  • Opiates: Suboxone and other medications.
  • Alcohol: Naltrexone and Antabuse.
  • Cigarettes and Nicotine Vaping: Chantix and other medications.
  • Ambulatory Detoxification.
Psychiatric Evaluation, Psychopharmacologic Management and Treatment

Mental health disorders can contribute to substance use and Substance Use Disorders (SUDs). Studies at the National Institute of Mental Health have found that people with a mental disorder, such as anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), may use drugs or alcohol as a form of self-medication. However, although some drugs may temporarily help with some symptoms of mental disorders, they may make the symptoms worse over time. Additionally, brain changes in people with mental disorders may enhance the rewarding effects of substances, making it more likely they will continue to use the substance. Our Addiction Psychiatrists are experts in the treatment of coexisting psychiatric illness. We are also able to confer with existing mental health care providers to support the recovery process without disrupting a continuity of care.

DWI Screening, Assessment, and Treatment Services

Available for those referred through the court system as a result of a driving while intoxicated (DWI) arrest. We communicate with the courts after a completed screening/evaluation. If a substance use disorder is determined, we offer a 90-day treatment program that complies with NYS OASAS/DMV-specific standards.

Group Therapy Offerings

Recovery and Relapse Prevention: we offer daily Recovery and Relapse Prevention groups that explore how addiction affects body chemistry and behavior. These sessions serve to identify the cues, triggers and compulsions in the addiction dynamic, while developing coping strategies to manage cravings and urges to use.

Anger Management Group: to identify cues and triggers, underlying emotional states, learn and practice coping skills, and to recognize the early, physiological warning signs of a stress reaction.

Gender-specific Men’s and Women’s groups: focus on the issues men and women face in recovery in a unique group forum. They address trauma, healthy relationships, boundaries, respect and self-esteem.

The Executive/Impaired Professionals' Group: offered after working hours.

Dual-Diagnosis Group: where individuals with co-occurring substance abuse and psychiatric diagnoses come together to discuss the interplay between addiction and mental health.

Crystal Methamphetamine (CM) Group: tailored to address the link between CM use and unsafe sexual practices among gay and bisexual men in an open and non-judgmental environment.

Liver Transplantation Support Group: provides support for individuals both pre- and post-transplant, as they share the unique challenges in their recoveries from both SUDs and major, life-altering health issues.

Midtown Center for Treatment and Research

Financial Information

The following payment options are accepted:

  • Aetna
  • BlueCross and BlueShield
  • Empire BlueCross
  • In-Network with most Medicaid HMOs
  • Medicaid
  • Qualified Out-Of-Network Benefit Plans accepted

Office Hours

Monday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Location

The Midtown Center for Treatment and Research
56 West 45th Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10036
(212) 764-5178

Public Health Programs

Ann B. Beeder, M.D., Chief

Gerard Ilaria, Administrator
641 Lexington Avenue, Floor 25
Tel: (212) 746-5917
gilaria@med.cornell.edu

Mailing Address

Weill Cornell Medical College
Division of Public Health Programs
1163 York Avenue
New York, NY 10065

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