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Alternatives Counseling Services - Outpatient

Alternatives Counseling Services - Outpatient

  • Riverhead, NY
  • Accredited
  • Drug Detox
  • Outpatient

Alternatives Counseling Services - Riverhead, located in Riverhead, New York, is a non-profit outpatient treatment provider specializing in substance abuse disorders, mental health issues, and co-occurring disorders. They offer a variety of counseling services for individuals, groups, families, and couples.

Their mission is to provide high-quality, solution-focused counseling and coaching services that help clients harness their strengths. Recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and licensed by the State of New York, their commitment to excellence is noteworthy.

  • Specializes in treating drug and alcohol addiction, mental health issues, and gambling disorders.
  • Offers cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma-related counseling, and motivational interviewing.
  • Provides specialized programs for young adults and DUI/DWI clients.
  • Utilizes medically assisted treatment for those who need it.

Treating a range of addictions and mental health issues, their services benefit both transitional age young adults and DUI/DWI clients.

  • 2+ Accreditations
  • SAMHSA Listed
  • 5 Conditions Treated
  • Insurance Accepted
  • 4 Levels of Care
  • Speaks English, Polish, Spanish
  • 18 Therapies & Programs
  • Multiple Locations


State License


Conditions and Issues Treated

Substance Abuse + Addiction Treatment

Substance abuse is the excessive use of any type of drug. This includes alcohol, medications and illegal drugs. Substance abuse is treated with a combination of physical and mental treatments. Alternatives Counseling Services - Outpatient patients detox and follow up with therapies that target the underlying cause of the addiction.

Opioid + Opiate Addiction Treatment

Opioid addiction is one of New York‘s most prominent forms of addiction. Drugs, including heroin, oxycontin, and fentanyl, are the most common. To relieve pain, or ease other ailments, they are professionally prescribed, but they are often abused because they and the feelings they give are addictive.

Addiction is treated by detoxifying the body, so the medications’ chemicals are no longer impacting the individual. Alternatives Counseling Services - Outpatient offers therapies to correct behavior and target the root of the problem are supplemented during and throughout treatment.

Levels of Care

This center offers a variety of custom treatment tailored to individual recovery. Currently available are Aftercare Support, Detox, Drug Rehab, Outpatient, with additional therapies available as listed below.

Detox treatment begins when the patient leaves their surroundings of family and friends, which is usually when they are most vulnerable. Being in a safe environment surrounded by medical professionals provides them with the safety net many of them need to get over their addiction. With kind and caring staff members, patients can feel relaxed, and they will need to start by admitting that they have a problem in order to get better.

If a person goes through detox treatment, they will understand their addiction better, and they won’t want to relapse and lose all the benefits of sobriety. They can see the effects of using drugs and how it makes them feel, which will make them want to quit their addiction.

Drug detox is vital to the recovery process, and it ensures that a patient will be in a safe environment during their withdrawal.

Outpatient rehabilitation is a treatment that exists if a patient is not checking into Alternatives Counseling Services - Outpatient long term. In addition to helping them recover, the patient attends regular therapy sessions and detox and participates in other therapies. However, this is all primarily done from home. As a follow-up to inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment is usually recommended.

After rehabilitation, it helps people return to their everyday lives. It may also be an alternative to inpatient care in some situations. If they cannot leave their jobs, children, or don’t have the money for inpatient care, people can choose this method. Inpatient therapy, however, is the best method and most suggested level of treatment offered by Alternatives Counseling Services - Outpatient in recovering from addiction.

Aftercare Support at Alternatives Counseling Services - Outpatient, in short, is the support provided to a patient after they have finished treatment. It allows them to adjust to everyday life. It may entail setting them up and enrolling them in services such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) inside a halfway house. Career coaching may also be offered to patients to help them get back into the New York workforce.

Alternatives Counseling Services - Outpatient‘s Therapies & Programs

Addiction in Riverhead, New York can occur due to a wide variety of reasons. Understanding your addiction and the best methods for maintaining sobriety involves learning about yourself. Alternatives Counseling Services - Outpatient treatment programs include individual therapy for the greatest chances of success.

Customized individual therapy is counseling involving you and your counselor at Alternatives Counseling Services - Outpatient. This builds a personal and trusting relationship so you can truly be yourself and express any emotions as you feel them. Individual therapy leads to greater peace and understanding about your triggers for addiction and coping strategies to prevent relapse.

Substance abuse does a number on an individual’s relationship with other people, particularly in marriage. Spousal relationships bear the brunt of alcohol and drug dependence. Therefore, it becomes critical to submit the relationship to couples therapy to prevent straining it further. Most programs only zero in on the individual with substance addiction without factoring in the importance of the other half’s emotional support.

However, some facilities, like Alternatives Counseling Services - Outpatient in Riverhead, New York, offer couples therapy options to manage intimate partnerships amid the recovery process. Other couples-focused treatment plans can provide the patient and their partner tools to get things back to normal, support each other, and the patient’s sobriety.
Addiction is a family disease. Family therapy aims to heal and rebalance unhealthy roles and habits. Healing any family trauma and dysfunctional communications is important, and Alternatives Counseling Services - Outpatient understands this. Family sessions are meant to bring New York families closer together and live sober, healthy, lives.

Group Therapy is a type of counseling that occurs between a bunch of strangers. These groups are suitable for patients who are not confined in a treatment facility, but group sessions are also common in inpatient rehab programs. Group therapy is led by a trained individual at Alternatives Counseling Services - Outpatient in Riverhead, NY and consists of members from different stages of recovery.

The goal of group therapy sessions is to foster hope and a sense of belonging, share information, and learn coping mechanisms. It also helps to have people who can relate to what you’re going through. Good behaviors can also be contagious, and participants can learn from one another.

Unresolved trauma is often a key reason why many patients resorted to substance abuse. Trauma could be physical abuse, sexual abuse, war, natural disasters, divorce, accident, loss of a loved one, etc. If trauma is the primary cause of substance abuse, then both issues must be addressed.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an approach and method in psychotherapy. Alternatives Counseling Services - Outpatient asks people to investigate how their thoughts, including habitual, negative, and inaccurate ways of thinking affect behaviors. CBT is based on the idea that rigid, inflexible ways of thinking cause people to have a limited ability to cope with stress

The 12-step program is a part of substance abuse treatment offered at Alternatives Counseling Services - Outpatient. It was initially developed by the founders of Alcoholics anonymous. The program provides the benefit of cognitive restructuring. It refers to the process of change in the negative thoughts that leads to long-term benefits.

Payment Options

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  • Health Insurance
  • Self-Pay / Cash
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Military Insurance
  • IHS/Tribunal/Urban
  • State-Financed
  • Sliding Scale
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    Location & Contact

    Alternatives Counseling Services - Outpatient Location and Directions
    518 E Main St
    Riverhead, NY 11901

    Phone Number
    (631) 283-4440

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    • Gender
      Female, Male
    • Age
      Adults (20+), Children (0-12), Teenagers
    • Modality
      Couples, Family, Group, Individuals

    Alternatives Counseling Center

    Helpful reference information for Alternatives Counseling Services - Outpatient, a drug treatment center in New York located at: 518 E Main St, Riverhead, NY 11901, including phone numbers, official website, and more. Listed briefly is an overview of Levels of Care, Therapies Offered, Issues Treated, and accepted forms of Payment Methods.

    Listed May 26, 2020

    Updated June 24, 2024

    Riverhead, New York Addiction and Treatment

    More than 2 million New Yorkers are currently suffering from some type of substance abuse and many of those are minors. Alcohol abuse, in particular, is prevalent among those underage. As a result of the high prices and regulation of prescription drugs, many New Yorkers turn to heroin instead. This has led to a serious heroin epidemic in the state.

    Suffolk County, NY, a vibrant Long Island community, faces a pressing opioid and fentanyl crisis. In 2020, the county witnessed 70 opioid-related deaths, and by 2022, a staggering 78% of drug overdose deaths were linked to fentanyl. From 2018 to 2022, the drug overdose rate in Suffolk County surged from 25.0 to 33.4 per 100,000 residents, surpassing neighboring Nassau County.

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