2004-03-19 / Community

Far Rockaway Treatment Center Upgrades, Moves

Far Rockaway Treatment Center Upgrades, Moves

The Far Rockaway Treatment Cen ter, a community-based alcohol/chemical dependency program of The Zucker Hillside Hospital, recently moved to expanded quarters at 1600 Central Avenue in Far Rockaway.

Any person whose life has been affected by the disease of alcoholism/chemical dependency and whose psychological condition will not prevent him/her from actively participating in the program may be eligible. Groups are offered in such diverse areas as anger management, parenting skills, domestic violence, health education, self-help, spirituality and creative arts. Two new groups, DWI and a Spanish-speaking program have re cently been added. Parental consent is required for minors.

The move will enable the program’s team of doctors, nurses, social workers, substance abuse counselors and vocational counselors to provide clients with individualized treatment plans in a more spacious, user-friendly setting, according to program director Alberto Barreto, ACSW, CASAC.

"The addiction treatment program at the Far Rockaway Treatment Center relieves the emotional and physical symptoms of chemical dependency," Barreto said. "Our program provides a system of care that assists people who seek sobriety while building new coping skills and self-esteem".

The Far Rockaway Treatment Cen ter is open Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Center offers and Adult Outpatient Rehabili tation Program; an Adult Evening Pro gram; Youth and Family Program; and an Adult MICA (Mental Illness and Chemical Abuse/Dependency) Pro gram, as well as the new DWI and Spanish groups. The specific hours for each program vary.

Medicaid, Medicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and other third party insurance may be accepted. People interested in learning more about the various programs and services offered by the Far Rockaway Treatment Center, 1600 Cen tral Avenue, Far Rockaway, should call (718)-868-1400 ext. 21. No one will be turned away due to an inability to pay. Sliding scale fees enable people to get the help they need regardless of income.

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