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Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation

St. Lawrence Health Substance Use Disorder Services recognizes that addiction is a chronic disease and provides a continuum of care for individuals with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. Our treatment team prides themselves in offering integrated, holistic, cognitive behavioral therapy, which is both comprehensive and individualized in nature. St. Lawrence Health's team consists of a multidisciplinary team including Psychiatrists, Nurse Practitioner, Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC), Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors (CASAC), and Registered Nurses (RNs).

Our clinicians support our participants by providing individual and group counseling through a trauma-informed lens, as well as psychoeducational group therapy. The treatment program encompasses a holistic approach to recovery, including a diverse range of content to explore, such as emotional, intellectual, psychological, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual. Each clinician has a commitment to helping individuals explore how their lives became unmanageable through substance use. Each patient's unique and individual journey to wellness and recovery will be offered with dignity, compassion, and respect.

Our 17-bed inpatient unit provides a medically monitored 24-hour structured care setting with a person-centered, individualized plan that is customized to meet the needs and recovery goals of each patient.

Depending on your individual medical needs, your structured program may also include family counseling and education; trauma and resiliency therapy; relapse prevention; occupational and recreational therapy; aftercare planning; self-help meetings; health education; smoking/tobacco cessation assistance; gambling addiction assessment and counseling; and pet therapy.

Inpatient Treatment Services We Offer:

  • Substance use disorder counseling (individual, group)
  • Psychoeducational groups
  • Mental health counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Medical treatment
  • Expressive therapy
  • Recreational therapy
  • MAT

Medical Leadership: Miriam Asar, MD, Psychiatrist

Intake/Admission Instructions:

You can be referred to our program by healthcare agencies, legal agencies, the Department of Social Services, outpatient services (such as a physician's office), and mental health agencies. You can also refer yourself, or friends and family can refer you to us.

Please call ahead to determine availability and to complete a preadmission screening. For referrals from a detoxification unit or other medical setting, the following will be requested:

  1. Physician's history and physical report
  2. Psychosocial history
  3. Labs, X-ray, and EKG reports
  4. Medication records
  5. Discharge summary
  6. Disclosure

Upon admission, you will receive a patient handbook that explains accommodations, personal items, and policies in more detail.

Print and complete the Inpatient Rehab Unit Pre-Screening/Referral form.

Review the Inpatient Rehabilitation Participant Handbook.

What can I bring to Inpatient Rehab?

The safety of our patients is our priority and is important for everyone at the facility. Learn more about the guidelines for what personal items are permitted for your inpatient stay, and what is not. 

Service fees

Medicaid and most private insurances are accepted. (Insurance needs to be open/active prior to admission.)

Hours of admission

Referrals can be accepted Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm.
Admissions are typically scheduled Monday through Friday between 8:00am and 12:00pm.

Admission criteria

A diagnosis of chemical dependence and an inability to abstain without care in a structured setting; or a lack of appropriate outpatient services to meet the individual's needs; or a lack of an appropriate living environment from which to receive services.


Generally, readmissions are not accepted within a year of discharge.

Refusing admission

Our program adheres to the highest medical quality standards. The unit Director and Medical Director have the right to refuse admission based on medical reasons or for the safety, security, and well-being of staff and other patients. You may be refused to the unit if you have a medical or psychiatric condition requiring a higher level of care (acute or tertiary care) than we are equipped to provide. Admission may also be refused if you are a mentally ill, chemical-abusing (MICA-classified) patient who is deemed to be not well-stabilized on medications. 

Early discharge

Administrative or early discharge will take effect at the discretion of the unit Director and Medical Director for fraternization; acute medical/psychiatric illness requiring a higher level of care; inability to respond to the treatment services provided; behavior that is disruptive to the treatment progress of other patients or a group of patients; non-compliance with program rules.

Continuing care/aftercare

Discharge planning for you focuses on referrals for outpatient treatment or in some cases, community residential living.

Animal-assisted therapy

Interacting with furry friends can enhance your quality of life through visual, physical, tactile, emotional, and social stimulation, and can provide a "home-like" atmosphere.

Therapy animals include residing cats and residing/visiting dogs. Several resident pets came to us from the Potsdam Animal Shelter. These pets now enjoy loving attention from staff and patients, and live useful and productive lives. Pet therapy provided through shelter adoption has proven to be a win/win situation for animals and humans in need of comfort, structure, and care.

Watch a short video to see one of our Animal Assisted Therapy Canine Good Citizens at work. 

Family information

Telephone calls are allowed from 7:00am to 10:00pm only during free time. Calls are limited to 10 minutes and are not intended to be made on a daily basis.

All mail may be sent to:
50 Leroy Street, Potsdam, NY 13676.

Potsdam Inpatient Services
20 Cottage Street, Potsdam, NY 13676
Phone: (315) 261-5954 / Fax: (315) 261-6422

77 West Barney Street
Gouverneur, NY 13642
Phone: (315) 261-5969
Fax: (315) 535-9444

1 Hospital Drive
Massena, NY 13662
Phone: (315) 842-3076
Fax: (315) 769-47562

12 Elm Street
Potsdam, NY 13676
Phone: (315) 353-2572
Fax: (315) 353-2479

77 West Barney Street
Gouverneur, NY 13642 
Phone: (315) 261-6333
Fax: (315) 261-6350

12 Elm Street
Potsdam, NY 13676
Phone: (315) 353-2572
Fax: (315) 353-2479