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Inpatient Treatment at UHS Binghamton General Hospital

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We are here to help you. Our well-trained team uses a holistic approach for treating substance abuse disorders in our 20-bed inpatient unit in UHS Binghamton General Hospital. When patients arrive, our provider performs an admission history and physical and, as appropriate, manages medical problems and continues home medications. Where indicated, we treat alcohol and opioid withdrawal and start patients with opioid use disorder on Suboxone® (buprenorphine/naloxone).

Individual and group counseling, structured activities, and educational sessions form the backbone of the inpatient experience at our Binghamton addiction and substance abuse clinic. A treatment plan, created by patients and their counselors, addresses potential challenges that lie ahead. Patients are discharged with linkage to resources needed to maintain sobriety including housing, medical and psychiatric care, and further substance use disorder treatment. Upon successful inpatient discharge, patients prescribed Suboxone® (buprenorphine/naloxone) may be admitted to our Medication-Assisted Treatment program (methadone clinic) or our Suboxone® (buprenorphine/naloxone) program.

How Can I Get Help?

Self-Referral

If you are interested in attending our Binghamton addiction and substance abuse clinic inpatient program, you will need to get an assessment first. We are pleased to offer open access for assessments. Come to 10 Mitchell Avenue, Binghamton, NY 13903 for your assessment. You can drop in anytime between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Monday through Friday and 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. No appointment is necessary, but we do ask that you call 607-762-2901 to pre-register. If you have questions about open access times, please call 607-762-2901. Please bring a picture ID and insurance card.

Our team of licensed social workers and Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselors will meet with you to determine if you have a substance use disorder and if inpatient treatment is appropriate for you. If it is not appropriate, we will develop an alternative plan to address your needs.

Outside Substance Use Disorder Facility Referral

Please fax the requested referral information to 607-762-2770. After receiving this paperwork, our staff will contact your program to discuss admission or alternative treatment options, as appropriate.

About Our Program

Length of Stay

The New Horizons inpatient program is a variable length of stay program, with most patients averaging 14 days in treatment. However, additional treatment time may be approved based on your needs.

Special Populations

We accept pregnant women with substance use disorders and partner with local OB/GYN providers to ensure that they receive prenatal care during their treatment. Pregnant women with opioid use disorder are given priority for admission to the Medication-Assisted Treatment program (methadone clinic) and are offered enrollment in our comprehensive pregnancy program.

Insurance Accepted

We accept most forms of insurance, including Medicaid and Medicare at our Binghamton addiction clinic. Please note that prior authorization for inpatient treatment may be required. If you have questions regarding insurance coverage, please contact our assessment team at 607-762-2901.

Treatment Program

Our program offers both individual and group counseling. Therapy, activity, and education groups provide an intense and comprehensive experience. Patients learn about the disease of addiction, relapse prevention, and how to restructure their lives around positive patterns and activities.

Interested patients may attend the Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings offered at Binghamton General Hospital.

Therapy Groups

Our therapy groups employ cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing to teach recovery skills to patients with substance use disorders. Patients learn about the interaction between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and are given tools to address negative thinking. Discussion topics include the relapse process, stress management, forming healthy relationships, setting boundaries, building a sober support system, and coping with anger, frustration, resentment, and loss.

Activity Groups

Our activity groups offer a "hands-on" approach to recovery and sober recreation. They include both structured activities and unstructured opportunities for creative expression and relaxation. Patients may engage in exercise, coloring, crafting, writing, and games.

Education Groups

Our daily cognitive behavioral education groups encourage patients to practice changing their thoughts and behaviors in a safe environment. This evidence-based curriculum includes managing cravings and negative emotions; assertive communication; and problem solving, coping, and refusal skills.

Other educational groups are provided on a rotating basis and address physical and psychosocial wellness. Topics include HIV, hepatitis, sexually transmitted infections, tobacco cessation, managing pain without opioids, post-acute withdrawal, healthy eating, mindfulness, stress management, and the relationship between substance use and mental health. Patients are also given opioid overdose prevention, recognition, and response education and are linked to naloxone.

Medication For Addiction Treatment

Patients at risk for alcohol and opioid withdrawal are monitored and treated with medication as needed. Patients with opioid use disorder are offered a Suboxone® (buprenorphine/naloxone) taper or are started on that medication for maintenance. Patients interested in Suboxone® (buprenorphine/naloxone) maintenance are assessed for eligibility for our Medication-Assisted Treatment program (methadone clinic) and our Suboxone® (buprenorphine/naloxone) programs. Where appropriate, patients are admitted to either program upon successful inpatient discharge.

The Inpatient Experience

Patients can expect a full day of programming centered around education, activities, and groups. Patients have ample opportunity for self-reflection and physical activity. Meals are selected from a menu.

Sample Daily Schedule

7:00 AM

Wake Up

2:15 PM

Activity Group

7:30 AM

Morning Reflections

4:00 PM

Education Group

8:00 AM

Breakfast

5:15 PM

Dinner

9:00 AM

Community Meeting

6:00 PM

Exercise (optional)

9:30 AM

Therapy Group

7:00 PM

Recovery Activity

10:45 AM

Exercise (optional)

8:00 PM

Daily Review

11:15 AM

Education Group

9:00 PM

Meditation (optional)

12:15 PM

Lunch

10:00 PM

Lights Out

1:15 PM

Education Group

 

 

Visiting Hours

Visitation for adults and children eight years and older is Sunday afternoon from 1:00-3:00 p.m. and includes a mandatory family education program from 1:00-2:00 p.m. followed by visiting time from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Families learn about the disease of addiction, 12-step programming, codependency, and common pitfalls as patients transition back into the community. Families are also given opioid overdose prevention, recognition, and response education, and are linked to naloxone.

For security reasons and to help maintain our patients’ confidentiality, visitors are required to bring photo ID.

If you have children under eight years old, your counselor will work with you to arrange an alternate visiting time.

Phone Time

Open phone times are limited to help you focus on your recovery. Your counselor will arrange phone time outside of scheduled hours, if needed. You will receive a phone schedule and our unit numbers upon admission.

Planning Your Stay

A successful stay takes a little bit of planning. Please consult the list below as you prepare for your visit. We have a washer and dryer available for your use.

What to Bring

Please bring:

Three sets of daily clothing, including:

  • 3 pairs of pants or long shorts
  • 3 short-sleeved shirts (sleeveless shirts cannot be worn alone)
  • 3 long-sleeved shirts
  • Up to five sets of underwear
  • Two sets of sleepwear
  • One pair of outdoor shoes (sneakers, boots, etc.)
  • One pair of flip flops or other shower shoes
  • ID and insurance cards

Optional:

  • Bathrobe
  • Personal hygiene items (cannot contain alcohol)
  • Pillow and blanket
  • Reading materials, puzzle books, coloring supplies, etc.
What Not to Bring

Do not bring:

  • Excess clothing
  • Revealing clothing
  • Clothing that glorifies alcohol or drug use
  • Clothing that cannot be put through the washer or dryer
  • Tobacco products, including e-cigarettes or vape pens
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Items containing alcohol
  • Drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • Cell phones or other electronic devices
  • Food and beverages
  • Perfumes, colognes, or other strongly scented items
  • Electric hair clippers
  • Large amounts of money or other valuables
Questions?

Please contact the UHS New Horizons inpatient staff at 607-762-2255 with questions about what to bring.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the differences between UHS Delaware Valley Hospital’s Addiction Treatment Program and UHS Binghamton General Hospital’s inpatient New Horizons Program?

A: The Addiction Treatment Program’s smaller size may be a more comfortable environment for patients who have anxiety in larger groups. The Addiction Treatment Program also provides more exposure to 12-step programming, for those who are interested, than inpatient New Horizons.

Q. What should I bring with me?

A. Please see our packing list. If you have further questions about what to bring, please call 607-762-2255.

Q. Can I have visitors?

A. Adults and children eight years and older may visit patients in inpatient New Horizons Sunday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. This time includes a family education program from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. followed by visiting time from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Adults and children over 12 may visit patients in the Addiction Treatment Program Sunday morning from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. This time includes a family education program from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and visiting time from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Q. Can I smoke while I’m in treatment?

A. No. Use of any tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, is prohibited. We offer nicotine replacement therapy, if indicated.

Q. Are inpatient New Horizons or the Addiction Treatment Program co-occurring disorders programs?

A. No. However, the educational groups in both facilities address concerns common to mental health and substance use disorder treatment. Both programs ensure linkage to mental health services upon discharge, if needed.

 

Q. I don’t feel comfortable sharing in groups. Do I have to go to groups if I come to inpatient treatment?

A. We want to make sure that you get the most out of your stay, so group attendance is required in both of our inpatient programs. Patients admitted to our inpatient programs also have individual counseling sessions and will not be pressured to disclose things that they are uncomfortable sharing.

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