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Outpatient Services

St. Lawrence Health System offers Outpatient (OP) Substance Use Disorder Services at Canton-Potsdam Hospital as well as Gouverneur Hospital to provide continuing care and structure for those who are reintegrating back into their communities but are still in need of addiction recovery treatment. Outpatient Programs and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) are person-centered recovery plans that are customized based on an individual's specific needs.

Individuals admitted to IOP have been deemed in need of intensive treatment beyond that of traditional non-intensive outpatient treatment. This is based on a substantial risk of the patient's relapse, as evidenced by failure to abstain from use in prior treatment settings, history, and/or a moderate to severe dependence condition.  

View and/or print the Outpatient Substance Use Disorder Services Patient Handbook.

Outpatient Services

Potsdam
(Intake staff phone - select option 1)
12 Elm Street, Potsdam , NY 13676
Phone: (315) 353-2572
Fax: (315) 353-2479
Monday-Thursday, 8:00AM - 7:00PM
Friday, 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Gouverneur 
77 West Barney Street, Gouverneur , NY 13642
Phone: (315) 261-6333
Fax: (315) 261-6350
Monday - Thursday, 8:30AM - 5:00PM (evening hours by appointment)
Friday, 8:00AM - 4:00PM

What is the Goal of our Outpatient Programs?

Our goal is to assist those who are focused on returning to work, rebuilding their family, and forming healthy environments and relationships.

An Outpatient program ensures that everyone has the opportunity to create the life they want to live, but still provides a safe place and additional guidance in their recovery.

At this stage of treatment, patients have demonstrated/proven that they are committed to their treatment plans and are motivated to live a healthier, happier life - which is not defined by addiction.

Services Offered:

Substance Use Disorder Evaluations

A face-to-face pre-admission service to determine the nature and extent of his/her abuse, misuse and/or addiction to alcohol and/or other substances. Information collected as well as a toxicology screening is reviewed by the multi-disciplinary team to determine recommendations. Evaluations are scheduled for 90 minutes. Treatment recommendations are reviewed in person at a follow up appointment.

Maternal Wrapround Program (M-WRAP)

M-WRAP provides comprehensive care coordination, and recovery support services to pregnant and postpartum (up to six months after the birth event) women with a substance use disorder. View the M-WRAP brochure for more information.      

Impaired Driver Screening, Assessment, and Treatment

Canton Potsdam Hospital is authorized by OASAS to provide screening, assessment and treatment for the impaired driver offender. Driver ID and violation documents are needed for the assessment. Brief Intervention: 1-3 face-to-face sessions between a person in recovery and a clinical staff member when at risk behavior is identified, however the person in recovery does not meet criteria for admission. This consists of education and motivational interviewing.

Individual Counseling

One-on-one counseling provides a safe therapeutic environment to process addiction and build a life in recovery. These sessions aim to assist an individual in achieving treatment objectives relating to substance problems, ramifications, attitudes, feelings, and alternative solutions. Each person in recovery is assigned a primary counselor who provides this service. Typically 1:1 sessions are scheduled as 60 minute weekly appointments. Gambling Counseling: We have a staff member certified in counseling for gambling addiction.

Intensive Outpatient

This program is temporarily on hold due to COVID-19; please see the Group Counseling options.

Individuals admitted to IOP have been deemed in need of intensive treatment beyond that of traditional non-intensive Outpatient based on substantial risk of relapse as evidenced by failure to abstain from use in prior treatment settings, history, and/or moderate to severe dependence condition.

Aftercare Planning

The potential options for discharge and aftercare planning are based on individual need. One may be discharged from IOP to non-intensive Outpatient services, a higher level of care rehab, residential, or an alternative referral source (mental health). 

Continuing Care

This is a voluntary program for Persons in Recovery who have met their treatment goals and are being discharged successfully from active Outpatient treatment. The goal of the program is to maintain treatment gains and empower Persons in Recovery in early recovery or through transitions. Persons in Recovery in this program will have access to counseling and group services as needed and requested maximum of once per month. Participation in continuing care is confidential. If a person in recovery relapses, they will be removed from continuing care, re-evaluated and recommended to the appropriate level of care.

Family Counseling

This service utilizes special sessions with individuals and their family members and/or significant others under the guidance of a counselor to address family and relationship issues related to alcohol and other drug abuse and or dependence for the purpose of promoting recovery from addiction.

Animal Assisted Therapy

Employee-owned canines will be available on a voluntary and therapeutic basis for those who wish to participate in the program.

Sessions can be enhanced through visual, physical, tactile, emotional and social stimulation. Restrictions: allergies, fear of animals, aggressive behavior, open sores, or exposed areas of skin, infection, or immunoglobulin deficiencies.

Medication Assisted Treatment

This clinic can evaluate for and refer to a prescriber when appropriate. Medicated assisted treatment is the use of certain medications to assist with cravings, withdrawal symptoms and recovery from addiction. There are specific admission and retention requirements for this program.

Group Counseling

Group counseling provides an opportunity to receive genuine support, honest feedback, and useful alternative from peers. This clinic offers a variety of 1 hour themed groups that supplement 1:1 counseling. Regular topics include: Emotional Management, Roots of Addiction, Wellness in Recovery, Relapse Prevention, Coping skills and Family Life.

Review the current list of group counseling services under the Group Therapy heading.

Other groups may emerge to meet a person in recovery needs. Group counseling utilizes evidence-based materials to provide psychoeducation, skill-building, and support. Additional Information: You may also be interested in Canton-Potsdam Hospital's other behavioral health and chemical dependency services, including inpatient detoxification, which is now offered at Gouverneur Hospital.

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

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

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