Inpatient Rehabilitation Substance Use Disorder Services

counselor and patient therapy during inpatient care

St. Lawrence Health System's team consists of multidisciplinary staff members that includes a Psychiatrist, Physician Assistants, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, CASACs, and RNs. They work together to provide top-notch substance use disorder care, which includes group and individual counseling and educational sessions. Our 17-bed inpatient unit provides a medically monitored 24-hour structured care setting with a person-centered, individualized plan that is customized to the needs and recovery goals of each patient.

Depending on your individual medical needs, your structured program may include group and individual counseling; family counseling and education; trauma group therapy; occupational and recreational therapy; aftercare planning; self-help meetings; health education; smoking/tobacco quit help; gambling addiction assessment and counseling; and pet therapy.

Inpatient Treatment Services We Offer:

  • Substance use counseling (individual, group)
  • Psychoeducational groups
  • Mental health counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Medical treatment
  • Expressive therapy
  • Recreational therapy
  • MAT

Medical Leadership:
Miriam Asar, MD, Psychiatrist

Intake/Admission Instructions:

You can be referred to our program by healthcare agencies, legal agencies, the Department of Social Services, outpatient services (such as a physician's office), and mental health agencies. You can also refer yourself, or friends and family can refer you to us.

Please call ahead to determine availability and to complete a preadmission screening. For referrals from a detoxification unit or other medical setting, the following will be requested:

  1. Physician's history and physical report
  2. Psychosocial history
  3. Labs, X-ray, and EKG reports
  4. Medication records
  5. Discharge summary
  6. Disclosure

Upon admission, you will receive a patient handbook that explains accommodations, personal items, and policies in more detail.

What Can I Bring To Inpatient Rehab?

The safety of our patients is our priority and is important for everyone at the facility. Learn more about the guidelines for what personal items are permitted and what is not. 

What to bring for your inpatient stay.

Fees for services:

Medicaid and most private insurances are accepted. (Insurance needs to be open/active prior to admission.)

Hours of Admission:

Referrals can be accepted Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admissions are typically scheduled Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 pm.

Criteria for Admission:

A diagnosis of chemical dependence and an inability to abstain without care in a structured setting; or a lack of appropriate outpatient services to meet the individual's needs; or a lack of an appropriate living environment from which to receive services.


Generally, readmissions are not accepted within a year of discharge.

Refusing Admission:

Our program adheres to the highest medical quality standards. The unit Director and Medical Director have the right to refuse admission based on medical reasons or for the safety, security, and well-being of staff and other patients. You may be refused to the unit if you have a medical or psychiatric condition requiring a higher level of care (acute or tertiary care) than we are equipped to provide. Admission may also be refused if you are a mentally ill, chemical-abusing (MICA-classified) patient who is deemed to be not well-stabilized on medications. 

Early Discharge:

Administrative or early discharge will take effect at the discretion of the unit Director and Medical Director for fraternization; acute medical/psychiatric illness requiring a higher level of care; inability to respond to the treatment services provided; behavior that is disruptive to the treatment progress of other patients or a group of patients; non-compliance with program rules.

Continuing Care/Aftercare:

Discharge planning for you focuses on referrals for outpatient treatment or in some cases, community residential living.

Pet Therapy:

Interacting with furry friends can enhance your quality of life through visual, physical, tactile, emotional, and social stimulation, and can provide a "home-like" atmosphere.

Therapy animals include residing cats and residing/visiting dogs. Several resident pets came to us from the Potsdam Animal Shelter. These pets now enjoy loving attention from staff and patients, and live useful and productive lives. Pet therapy provided through shelter adoption has proven to be a win/win situation for animals and humans in need of comfort, structure, and care.

Family Information:

Telephone calls are allowed from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm only during free time. Calls are limited to 10 minutes and are not intended to be made on a daily basis.

All mail may be sent to: 50 Leroy Street, Potsdam, NY 13676.

Additional Information:

You may also be interested in additional St. Lawrence Health System Substance Use Disorder Services, which include Outpatient Substance Use Disorder Services, Intensive Outpatient Services, and Inpatient Detoxification Services.

 If you have any other questions, please feel free to call (315) 261-5954.

Inpatient Services

20 Cottage Street
Potsdam, NY 13676
Phone: (315) 261-5954
Fax: (315) 261-6422

What does quality healthcare mean to you?

To most patients and their families, it means adherence to the most rigorous, medically and scientifically verified standards available. We measure our processes against these standards, and we are dedicated to continuous improvement.

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