A State-of-the-Art Open-Access Detox Center Opens in Ithaca!

Mar 16, 2023 | Insights and Highlights

A new detox treatment center is looking to help those in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes region struggling to get started on their path to recovery. The Alcohol & Drug Council of Tompkins County is opening the doors to its new state-of-the-art Open Access Detox Center in April 2023.

Residents from Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Cortland, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins counties can take advantage of services provided by the Open Access Center. Anyone has 24/7 access to the Walk-In Open Access Program, which the Council says is the first step towards getting help.

Alcohol and Drug Council will be partnering with 44 organizations including the Advocacy Center of Tompkins County, and Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services. The center, Sullivan said, will be able to directly take in patients after visits to the emergency room, and work with local law enforcement to redirect individuals struggling with addiction to the center.

“If you need ICU level care, you’re going to go to the hospital, and if you need rehab you can go to another one of our partners, CARS […] But we didn’t have the detox piece until now,” said John-Paul Mead, the Alcohol and Drug Council’s Medical Director.

“The brand-new facility features a cafeteria, lounges and common rooms designed to be bright, airy, and comfortable. There are plans for a community garden as well”, said Sullivan.

“We really want people to want to be here, and the more you take control away from people the less likely they are to come,” Sullivan said. “And so we are coming from a place of healing and trust and openness, and if policies or our procedures need to change, we’ll change.”

Once open, the Open Access Detox Center will offer counseling, medication-assisted treatment, and other rehabilitative services to help people transition Sullivan said, “The solution to the substance use epidemic that we’re going through now is connections and relationships and knowing that people are not in it alone.”

To Learn More this partner of our SCBHN, visit their site:  Alcohol & Drug Council of Tompkins County – Alcohol & Drug Council of Tompkins County (alcoholdrugcouncil.org)

Source:  ADCTC, Ithaca Voice and WSKG