The Long Beach Medical Center Detoxification Program
The use and abuse of alcohol and/or other chemicals can disrupt a person’s life in many ways. Loss of employment, breakup of marriages and families, loss of self-esteem, and even loss of life can result from the continued abuse of substances without proper treatment.
However, with detoxification and an ongoing desire to remain free of the burden of substance abuse, many individuals can resume and maintain healthy lifestyles.
The Long Beach Medical Center Detoxification Program offers treatment to individuals age 18 and above who are chemically dependent or are suffering from the effects of drugs, alcohol, or acute withdrawal symptoms. Our services promote recovery and rehabilitation through a safe and therapeutic environment.
Referral services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and are offered without regard to color, race, religion, disability, marital status, national origin, sex, or socio-economic standard.
The Long Beach Medical Center Detoxification Program views addiction as a primary, progressive, but treatable disease that affects not only the individuals who are chemically dependent, but also their families and significant others, as well as the communities in which they live.
As with other illnesses, addiction requires specialized and individualized intervention and treatment. Our treatment plan is multidisciplinary and addresses each area of the patient’s life: physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual.
Our program recognizes chemical addiction as a chronic disease, prone to relapse, which requires long-term involvement with continuing care and self-help programs in order to maintain abstinence and effect the lifestyle changes necessary for on-going recovery.
Our treatment programs include:
● Comprehensive bio-psycho-social assessment
● Comprehensive evaluation of physical & mental health needs
● Stabilization of withdrawal syndrome
● Minimization of the multiple impacts of withdrawal
● Therapeutic environment
● Provision of education, individual and group counseling, and family/significant
other intervention, education, and referral
● Aftercare referral for the maintenance of abstinence and to promote recovery
Our treatment service begins with a medically supervised inpatient hospital stay, which typically lasts 3 to 5 days. Upon admission, initial assessments of the patient’s fundamental needs are accomplished. These assessments include a medical history, physical, complete laboratory workup, and a nursing assessment.
Each patient is assigned a counselor, who will coordinate a comprehensive treatment plan that encompasses individual and group therapies, 12-step program components, relapse prevention education, and family counseling.
When the patient is stable to leave the hospital, he or she will be referred to appropriate aftercare programs. The goal of these programs is to blend support and education regarding chemical dependency with a relapse prevention plan.
Among these aftercare programs, Long Beach Medical Center offers licensed and credentialed outpatient alcohol and chemical dependency programs through FACTS (family alcohol and chemical-substance treatment services) and our Methadone Maintenance Program.
Our Treatment Team
Our staff includes physicians, registered nurses, certified counselors and social workers who are specially trained in drug, alcohol or acute withdrawal symptoms. Led by Sydney Hughes, MD, who serves as Medical Director of the Detoxification Unit and is board-certified in addiction treatment, our staff provides 24-hour hospital services to monitor and ensure a safe withdrawal from alcohol and/or drugs.
Sydney Hughes, M.D., Medical Director
Irene Linzer, RN, Nurse Manager
Accreditation and Licensure
The Long Beach Medical Center Detoxification Program proudly holds licensure, certification and/or accreditation by:
• New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)
• New York State Department of Health;
• Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
• The Joint Commission (TJC)
Fees and Insurance
Long Beach Medical Center accepts Medicaid, Medicare, and most insurance plans. We also offer a sliding scale fee for individuals without insurance. For active and recently returning military members and their families, we are a fully credentialed Department of Defense Tricare provider. If you have questions about your specific insurance coverage, or you do not have insurance coverage, please contact our Billing Clerk at (516) 897-1671.
Confidentiality and Privacy
Your privacy is as important to us as it is to you. Be assured that all services are provided in a respectful manner and in compliance with New York State confidentiality laws.
The Long Beach Medical Center Detoxification Program
455 East Bay Drive
Long Beach, NY 11561
Patient Comments regarding our Detoxification Program...
“One does not think one is in the hospital at LBMC. The quietness, the serenity and the location near the water make a patient feel comfortable. The whole atmosphere is conducive to better health.”
“Long Beach Medical Center staff treated me like a person and made it very easy to set up a day to come to detox.”
“The staff was very friendly. Doctor Hughes was very helpful and the counselors as well.”
“The staff went out of their way to be cooperative and accommodating to our needs. We appreciate the attention we received.”
“The hospital has truly been a blessing for me. I'm nothing but grateful for the way I was treated. The staff overall was wonderful and I thank god for their knowledge.”
“The care I received left me with the impression that LBMC is a first-rate facility.”