Providing outpatient chemical dependency services located in Ithaca, New York, we are a team of unique professionals dedicated to providing holistic recovery services that recognize and value the innate dignity of each person. Our services are defined by the values of individual empowerment, knowledge, caring, and the potential of each individual to effectively collaborate in his or her ongoing recovery. We measure ourselves by our ability to assist individuals to experience a life free from the harmful effects of substances and to unleash their own potential.
Our clinic provides timely and holistic services that respect the biological, psychological, social and spiritual nature of addiction and its impact on our clients, their families, and the community. Through a full continuum of care that is designed to embrace the transformative process of recovery, we stand with our clients providing the right tools and supports to assist them on this difficult journey they have found the courage to begin.
Our primary addiction services include: chemical dependency evaluation, groups, individual sessions, medical assessment, Suboxone, Buprenorphine and Naltrexone medication management, and case management services including referrals to vocational, educational, psychological and medical supports. These services were developed to assist clients in bridging the gap from active addiction into ongoing recovery.
We work to provide services that embrace individual differences and help clients develop a better appreciation and respect for themselves. We honor the unique challenges and strengths that individuals have when they decide to seek treatment. CARS chemical dependency treatment focuses on the brain disease model. Research shows that the limbic system is the central brain area compromised in function during active substance use and in early recovery from substance use. A person’s ability to regulate emotions can be impaired by substance abuse; therefore, we work to educate clients in understanding that recovery is enhanced by learning skills to avoid extremes of emotions and emotional reactivity, and skills to manage stress.
Our outpatient program is open from 9 am – 8 pm M-F, with both day and evening services offered, most major insurances including Medicaid are accepted and a sliding fee scale is offered for self-pay clients. We serve clients age 13 and older.
In closing, I want to thank you for your kind attention and interest in getting to know us and our services. Our focus has been and will always be on our enduring purpose statement. “We believe in the capacity of people to transform themselves.”
William J. (Bill) Rusen, LMSW
Chief Executive Officer