For some, starting treatment might be scary and overwhelming, but there are people that can help you through the process. If you'd like to move forward on your own, go ahead to step 2. You can always come back and connect with these resources later.
- Peer navigators are people who have been through this before and can help direct you through the treatment system.
- To talk with peers and other support about how to start treatment options, here are some places to get a conversation started:
- Health Home case managers are available to help manage all your health care needs including getting help for physical and mental illnesses. To apply, you can fill out the form for either Health Homes of Upstate New York or Greater Rochester Health Home Network. Sometimes it can take a few weeks to get into these programs so if you can't wait, be sure to get additional help.
Recovery is a change to improve your health and wellness so you can live your life without being controlled by drugs. What does recovery look like to you? There are many pathways to recovery and it's your choice what your recovery plan looks like. Many people pick a combination of 2 or more of these options.
- Do you think you want a formal treatment program? There are many levels of care and understanding the differences may be helpful in developing a treatment
program that's right for you. Click here to learn about treatment programs.
- To get started in a treatment program, everyone needs a formal evaluation. This gives you and medical providers an idea of where might be a good fit for you to be successful. You can get evaluated at a number of locations listed in the pink "Evaluation Services" row in this provider list. Note that you can walk in to Open Access 24/7 to get evaluated when you are ready.
- Even if you aren't sure this is the option for you, it's a good idea to get evaluated in case you change your mind. Evaluations are usually good for about 6 months.
- Not interested or able to attend a formal treatment program? Click below for some of the other recovery pathways. There are lots of options, remember anything that helps your recovery is real recovery! These are just ideas to get you started.
Are you thinking about medication to help with withdrawal and cravings? MAT (medication assisted treatment) can be prescribed by a doctor in different places.
Here are some examples of what MAT options are out there. Talk to your doctor about the right one for you:
- Naltrexone (Vivtrol, Revia, Depade): doesn't allow a person to feel the high of an opioid
- Methadone (Methadose, Dolophone): prevents withdrawal by making the brain think it is getting the drug
- Buprenorphine (Subutex): reduces cravings
Suboxone, Bunavail, Zubsolv are a special kind of Buprenorphine that also has Naloxone to prevent an overdose
Keep in mind a reoccurrence (also known as a relapse) of use is a symptom of the disease of substance use disorder. Many people have a reoccurrence but it doesn't take away all the hard work you did to get healthy. For every day that you don't use, you are learning tools to help keep recovery going. You can go back and use those tools all the time to maintain your sobriety especially after a reoccurrence.
Don't give up! Long term recovery is possible! For more information and support, use the resources provided on this website.
1Open Access (Open 24/7)
835 West Main Street
Rochester, NY 14611
Open Access is a center that is operational 24 hours, seven days a week, where individuals, including youth, can walk in for a substance use evaluation (the first step in receiving Substance Use services). A level of care would then be determined based on the evaluation, following a person-centered recommendation and connection to appropriate care. This service is able to identify the first available treatment slots in our community and arrange transportation to that site (if needed) to help individuals access services as quickly as possible. Open Access is collaboratively staffed by RecoveryNet New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Certified Treatment Providers.
Offering help and hope 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for alcoholism, drug abuse and problem gambling. All calls are toll-free, anonymous and confidential.
- Masters level clinicians who are professional, well-trained and knowledgeable
- Crisis and motivational interviewing for callers in need
- Referrals to more than 1,500 local prevention and treatment providers
- 48 hours call back to those who wish to be contacted
- Informational materials