Addiction Services

Flushing Hospital's Department of Psychiatry includes an Addiction Services Division that provides comprehensive assessments and treatment of alcohol and chemical dependence through its inpatient Chemical Dependence Unit and its outpatient Reflections Program. Both programs are licensed by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and are staffed by a multidisciplinary team of professionals skilled in the treatment of addiction.

Chemical Dependence Unit

The Chemical Dependence Unit is a 30-bed, medically managed, detoxification unit that offers safe withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs. Culturally-sensitive treatment is provided by a dedicated and caring staff that consists of physicians, physicians' assistants, specially trained nurses, credentialed alcoholism and substance abuse counselors, creative arts therapists, clinical social workers and psychiatric consultants.

The goal of the unit is to offer physical and emotional stabilization for our patients so they can start the recovery process. Educational group settings help patients learn about addiction, while creative arts groups help patients understand, express and control their emotions. Also, self-help groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), host meetings on the unit to familiarize patients with the support services available to them post-discharge.

Patients are admitted 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The length of stay is usually between three and seven days. Discharge plans are based on the individual needs of the patient. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 718-670-5540 or 718-670-5693.

Reflections Outpatient Program

The Reflections outpatient program is a chemical dependence outpatient service that uses a culturally sensitive holistic model in treating addiction by addressing the impact it has on patients' lives, as well as the lives of their families and loved ones.

An abstinence-based approach is used to encourage participation in a 12-step program and other sources of sober support. Groups concentrate on areas such as relapse prevention, stress management, motivation and fun in recovery. There are both male and female groups, and a group for patients' significant others. Individual and family counseling is also available.


Meditation, relaxation exercises, and other arousal reducing techniques are a major component of treatment. These approaches help patients center themselves and build coping skills so they can better reflect and focus on their goals. Our staff psychiatrists evaluate patients and provide medication management. Patients may be self-referred, referred by their families, or mandated into treatment by their employers or the criminal justice system. Understanding that there are many roads to treatment, we try to develop motivation for recovery and ensure that all of our patients are treated with dignity and respect.

The program is open for day and evening sessions and accepts many insurance plans, as well as Medicaid and Medicare. There is also a sliding scale for self-pay patients. Those requesting services are first screened over the telephone and an in-person evaluation is scheduled as soon as possible.

For more information or to schedule an evaluation, please call 718-670-5078.