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Mount St. Mary's Hospital
5300 Military Road
Lewiston, NY 14092
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Pathways - Buffalo
158 Holden Street
Buffalo, NY 14214
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Pathways - Rochester
435 E. Henrietta Road
Rochester, NY 14620
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St. Vincent Health Center
1500 Broadway Street
Buffalo, NY 14212
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STAR - Amherst
3730 Sheridan Drive
Williamsville, NY 14221
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STAR St. Vincent's - Buffalo
1595 Bailey Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14212
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Addiction to alcohol or drugs is a chronic brain disease. Although a person may voluntary choose to use drugs or alcohol at first, changes in the brain over time make it more difficult to resist the urge to use. 

Drug addiction is similar to other reoccurring diseases, such as asthma or heart disease, in that it can be managed successfully with treatment. Even if you have relapsed, continuing treatment or seeking an alternative treatment can put you back in control. 

Iti s never too late to get help. We offer a compassionate, non-judgmental approach that is sensitive to your needs for privacy and confidentiality.

Alcohol Addiction

Alcoholism is a long-term disease, not a lack of willpower. It has known symptoms and is influenced by your genes and your environment.

Are You Addicted to Alcohol?

You might be dependent on alcohol if:

  • You cannot quit drinking or control how much you drink.
  • You drink in the morning, often being drunk fo rlong periods of time.
  • You drink alone.
  • You need to drink more to get the same effect.
  • You feel guilty after drinking.
  • You have withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking. These include feeling sick to your stomach, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety.
  • You spend a lot of time drinking and have given up other activities so you can drink.
  • You have tried to quit drinking or to cut back the amount you drink but haven't been able to.
  • You hide your drinking.
  • You don't remember what you did while you were drinking.
  • You worry that you won't get enough alcohol for an evening or weekend.

Treatment Options

Treatment depends on how severe your addiction is. Some people are able to recover by seeing a counselor, while others need medical treatment and require a stay in a hospital or treatment center.  

Our STAR locations offer outpatient drug and alcohol counseling.

Mount St. Mary's Hospital offers inpatient treatment for alcohol addiction. The average length of stay is 19 days but varies depending on insurance. You will receive 24-hour service and be able to remove yourself from negative environments and friends. This can be the key to recovery, as it allows you to remove yourself from triggers, while you learn to live without alcohol. Around-the-clock therapy and medical support can help you to focus on your recovery. Call (716) 298-2115 for more information.

Prescription Drug Addiction

Some prescription drugs can be addictive, especially if they're taken in a manner other than prescribed or by people without a prescription. 

Commonly abused drugs include:

  • Pain relievers
  • Tranquilizers and sedatives
  • Stimulants

Are You Addicted to a Prescription Drug?

You may be addicted if you:

  • Take higher doses than prescribed
  • Have excessive mood swings
  • Sleep more or less than usual
  • Experience poor decision-making
  • Seek prescriptions from more than one doctor
  • Seek out additional prescriptions, sometimes by "losing" prescriptions 

Treatment Options

Your treatment should take into account the type of drug that you're using and your individual needs. 

Our STAR locations offer outpatient drug and alcohol counseling.

Mount St. Mary's Hospital offers inpatient treatment for drug or addiction. The average length of stay is 19 days but varies depending on insurance. You will receive 24-hour service and be able to remove yourself from negative environments and friends. This can be the key to recovery, as it allows you to remove yourself from triggers, while you learn to live without drugs. Around-the-clock therapy and medical support can help you to focus on your recovery. Call (716) 298-2115 for more information.

Heroin Addiction

There are two basic forms of heroin abuse treatment: outpatient and inpatient.

Pathways offers outpatient methadone treatment. Patients addicted to heroin or prescription drugs receive a liquid dose of methadone, a synthetic opiate that controls withdrawal symptoms. The methadone is taken on-site. 

Mount St. Mary's Hospital offers inpatient treatment for heroin addiction. The average length of stay is 19 days but varies depending on insurance. You will receive 24-hour service and be able to remove yourself from negative environments and friends. This can be the key to recovery, as it allows you to remove yourself from triggers, while you learn to live without heroin. Around-the-clock therapy and medical support can help you to focus on your recovery. Call (716) 298-2115 for more information.