Hazelden To Open Innovative Tribeca Residence in Affiliation with Columbia Psychiatry for College Students in Recovery from Addiction

Mar 16, 2011, 09:15 ET from Hazelden

CENTER CITY, Minn., March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hazelden, one of the world's largest and most respected private, nonprofit alcohol and drug addiction treatment centers, announced today that it will open a first-of-its-kind collegiate recovery residence called Tribeca Twelve in New York City's Tribeca neighborhood.

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The innovative recovery program, scheduled to open this summer at 283 West Broadway, will offer young adults in recovery from addiction an independent living environment with fully integrated support services, access to many recreational activities and special events. Hazelden's Tribeca Twelve collegiate recovery residence is ideal for young adults attending college or planning to return to college, and looking for an exciting and welcoming place to live, develop healthy friendships and achieve success. Experts at Columbia's College Student Program, a unique intervention program for college-age individuals with psychiatric disorders, will provide access to supportive treatment services.  

"We are proud and excited to bring Hazelden's renowned recovery resources to college students in this whole new way," said Mark G. Mishek, president and CEO of Hazelden. "Young adults who are committed to their recovery and to their college education will have the safe, supportive, and healing environment they need to build their new life free from addiction."

The program will be open to men and women, age 18 to 29, who are participating in or have completed an addiction treatment program, are committed to their sobriety, and are either attending college or planning to return to college. The program will be available to all colleges and universities in New York City.  

Housed in a completely renovated 1910 building, the Hazelden program will accommodate 30 residents, with six men or six women on each of the five floors. Distinctive programming features include:

  • dedicated recovery coaches to provide individual coaching, education, academic liaison services, special events and activities, and structured monitoring
  • individualized recovery care plans designed to support the young adults' sobriety, academic programming, and work life
  • coordination of care with independent treatment providers
  • peer support and activities to address concerns and celebrate successes
  • drug testing to detect possible relapse and allow for early intervention to restore sobriety or transfer to a higher level of care
  • special programs and services to support lifelong recovery

"The biggest thing students will gain from this program is that we're not putting them in a bubble," adds Mishek. "The recovery house is located right in the heart of Tribeca, and the goal is teaching young adults how to live a lifestyle of recovery."

Affiliation with Columbia University's Department of Psychiatry

A unique affiliation between Hazelden and Columbia University's Department of Psychiatry will open new doors for young adults who have complex co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders, such as depression or bipolar disorder. Columbia University's highly regarded College Student Program has provided specialized outpatient treatment for addiction and mental health disorders since 1983. The affiliation with Hazelden's new collegiate recovery program creates a seamless continuum of clinical treatment for Columbia's College Student Program by providing a recovery housing component.  

"The availability of a safe, supportive sober living environment will be an ideal fit for many of the young adults in our College Student Program," says Jon Morgenstern, director of addiction treatment, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University.

The affiliation will also provide Columbia University's renowned clinical care to Hazelden's young adult population in need of highly specialized mental health services; not only to those residents of Hazelden's recovery house needing services but also those who receive outpatient addiction treatment at Hazelden's Chelsea location, says Mark Sheets, Hazelden's executive director of regional and recovery services.

"Hazelden is deeply committed to helping more people find freedom from addiction, and our new collegiate recovery program opens the door to that new life for young adults," says Sheets.

Subhead: The best of both worlds

Hazelden's collegiate recovery residence brings the best of clinical care and recovery support to young adults committed to their sobriety. Programming is designed with on-site resources and help to reduce the risk of relapse and support a recovery lifestyle filled with camaraderie, fun and success. Specifically, the facility will feature:

  • 2,200 square-foot furnished units with full kitchen, dining room, large living room with fireplace, separate study, two full bathrooms and in-unit laundry
  • easy access to public transportation for convenient travel to most major colleges and universities in New York City
  • separate community space and roof top deck
  • secured key card access to the building and each student floor
  • on-site Twelve Step meetings and alumni activities
  • a confidential social networking site for residents to stay connected with family and friends

About Hazelden

Hazelden, a national nonprofit organization founded in 1949, helps people reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction. Built on decades of knowledge and experience, Hazelden offers a comprehensive approach to addiction that addresses the full range of patient, family, and professional needs, including substance abuse treatment and continuing care for youth and adults, research, higher education, public education and advocacy, and publishing. It currently has facilities in Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois, New York and Florida. Learn more at www.hazelden.org

Hazelden has provided addiction treatment programs and services in Manhattan since 1991. Programming and services available at Hazelden's Chelsea clinic, located at 332 8th Avenue, include outpatient addiction treatment for adults, alcohol and other drug use assessment, a program for family and friends, and recovery support services and resources.

About Columbia University's Department of Psychiatry

The Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University is preeminent among academic medical institutions in psychiatric research, education and clinical care.  The College Student Program is a specially designed outpatient program for young adults who are struggling with addiction or mental health problems. The College Student Program provides a supportive atmosphere and state-of-the art treatment geared to enabling young adults to transition out of crisis and return to their academic pursuits. The College Student Program is unique in the New York City area in its expertise in treating mental health problems that often co-occur with addiction, such as eating disorders, depression, attention deficit disorder and bipolar disorder. The program is located on the Upper East Side in Manhattan and offers a flexible day and evening schedule.

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