Addictions Treatment

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Hunterdon Behavioral Health’s Addiction Treatment Services assist individuals and their families who are affected by the use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol, drugs, nicotine, gambling and spending.

Hunterdon Behavioral Health offers assessment, stabilization, treatment and support for individuals and their families who are affected by addictive behavior.

Hunterdon Behavioral Health has a wide range of Addictions Treatment Services.  These include:

  • Outpatient Addictions Counseling Services
  • Inpatient Detoxification
  • AAIP: Acute Addictions Intervention Program
  • Intensive Outpatient Program
  • Alcohol and Substance Abuse Education Program
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Resource Referral Services

Outpatient Addictions Counseling Services

Counseling services offered:

  • Individual counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Urine drug screens
  • Couples counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Substance abuse evaluations

Issues addressed:

  • Adolescent issues
  • Women’s issues
  • Geriatric issues
  • Early sobriety
  • Relapse prevention
  • Long-term recovery
  • Co-dependency
  • COA (Children of Alcoholics/Addicts)
  • ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics/Addicts)
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Relationship issues
  • Family education

Inpatient Detoxification

Hunterdon Behavioral Health offers a three-day medical inpatient detoxification program in our Inpatient Behavioral Health unit.

Inpatient Detoxification includes:

  • Assessment
  • Individual, group and family counseling
  • Education
  • Medical monitoring
  • Aftercare referral

AAIP: Acute Addiction Intervention Program

For individuals who require more intensive substance abuse treatment, Hunterdon Behavioral Health offers AAIP: Acute Addiction Intervention Program.

The AAIP: Acute Addictions Intervention Program…

  • Meets 5 days a week for 3 hours each day
  • Is available as an alternative to inpatient and residential rehabilitation
  • Offers psychiatric treatment for those with a co-existing mental health diagnosis

Intensive Outpatient Program

Sometimes, there is a need for more intensive outpatient treatment.

Our Intensive Outpatient Program …

  • Meets 3 evenings per week for 3 hours each night
  • Offers group therapy as the primary modality in these programs
  • Provides individual and family treatment on an ‘as needed’ basis

Alcohol and Substance Abuse Education Series

Hunterdon Behavioral Health provides information and insight into the diseases of alcoholism and substance abuse, and their effects on the individual and their relationships.

Our Alcohol and Substance Abuse Education Series…

  • Meets every Wednesday for 16 weeks
  • Includes family members at no additional cost
  • Education/Early Intervention Program for adults and adolescents

Topics include:

  • Medical aspects of addiction
  • Family roles
  • Healthy communication
  • Self-esteem
  • Co-dependency

Assessment and Evaluation

Our staff of licensed professionals provides individual needs assessment. In collaboration with human service agencies, the court system and other professionals (physicians, attorneys, school administrators and others), we provide comprehensive abuse evaluations and effective treatment recommendations.

Resource and Referral Services

The Addictions Treatment staff may provide referrals to:

  • Residential addictions programs
  • Linkage to community resources
  • Other Hunterdon Behavioral Health Services
  • Self-help group meetings, including:
    • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
    • Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
    • Al-Anon Family Groups
    • SMART Recovery®

Individuals in our substance abuse services are offered support to:

  • Establish and maintain sobriety
  • Learn and incorporate recovery skills in a healthier lifestyle
  • Develop alternative coping skills and problem solving techniques

The staff also distributes educational materials helpful to the recovery process.

Our Physicians

Hong Chen, MD

Psychiatrist

Everett H. Hill, MD

Psychiatrist

Gem-Estelle M. Lucas, DO

Psychiatrist

Mukesh D. Patel, MD

Psychiatrist

Christine E. Skotzko, MD

Psychiatrist

Mary Ann Foley-Mayer, APN-C

Advanced Practice Nurse

Cynthia J. Tholis, NP-C

Nurse Practitioner

Additional Staff & Specialists

Gary L. Piscitelli, LCSW

Ellen Gantner, Psy.D

Christine Cochrane, MAS, RN C

Albert Bassetti, MA, LPC

Nancy Rumore, MS, LPC

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