The Mental Health Clinic provides evaluation, psychotherapy and medication treatment for individuals struggling with Mental Health issues. The clinic is staffed by Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, and Board Certified Psychiatrists. They have been providing services since 2005. They are centrally located in downtown Rochester.
Assessment, daytime & evening treatment for chemical dependency; specialized tracks for populations with criminal justice and co-occurring mental health issues; integrated trauma treatment. Treatment provided to individuals 18 years and older and their families affected by drug and/or alcohol use or dependency; separate programs provided for men, women and Spanish speaking groups.
School-based free counseling currently available at five schools for youth whose family environment, behavior and/or psychosocial development place them at higher risk for alcohol and substance abuse. Parents and/or siblings of these students may also be included in program depending on their involvement in these at risk behaviors. The program currently serves children and adolescents in the Rochester City School District, the Hilton School District and Bishop Kearney.
The Restart Outpatient department has been involved with case management in the court system since its inception in the early 1970s. Restart has been a provider of case management services since the development of the Rochester City Drug Court and assists individuals to successfully engage in treatment.
Healthy Sisters' Soup & Bean Works has been helping women in recovery gain work experience to enter the workforce. The women in the program lovingly package bean soup mixes, rice mixes, dip mixes, coffee, and other items for Healthy Sisters. While enrolled, program participants also attend workshops, and get one-on-one resume and interview assistance. Their sole purpose is to provide a nurturing work environment for women who come from backgrounds of chronic unemployment, poverty or displacement, which helps them to develop the soft skills and self-confidence they need to secure lasting employment.
Restart’s Outpatient Gambling Treatment Services are designed to enable and support individualized recovery from gambling addiction or a gambling and substance use problem. The program offers resources to: Establish and maintain abstinence from gambling Create a support system that reinforces a gambling-free lifestyle Develop new problem-solving and coping skills Engage in healthy communication and functioning within the family Integrate Mental Health Treatment and Medication support as needed
Restart’s Outpatient Gambling Treatment Services are designed to enable and support individualized recovery from gambling addiction or a gambling and substance use problem. The program will offer resources to: Establish and maintain abstinence from gambling Create a support system that reinforces a gambling-free lifestyle Develop new problem-solving and coping skills Engage in healthy communication and functioning within the family Integrate Mental Health Treatment and Medication support as needed
Catholic Family Center partners with people – especially the vulnerable and those facing poverty – to help them achieve their full human potential. A division of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester, CFC offers compassionate and comprehensive services to families and individuals in need across all stages of life, regardless of religion.


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The program serves Latino clients 18 years of age or older and their families who are addressing issues related to chemical dependency, chemical abuse or co-occurring mental health problems. The program serves a diverse clientele including individuals who are monolingual in Spanish or minimally bilingual in addition to those with full bilingual capability. The program offers many activities to support the cultural values of the various Latino populations served while also addressing the challenges in addressing their addiction in the context of their own communities and families. The program also serves clients with co-occurring disorders in Spanish through specialized group services at both the clinic and rehab levels.


The Chemical Dependency Prevention serving children and adolescents in the Rochester City School District, the Hilton School District and Bishop Kearney is offered free of charge to eligible participants. The Restart Outpatient Drug Court Case Management is offered at no cost to the individuals.
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Detox Services:

Medication-Assisted Treatment:

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of medications along with counseling and therapy to treat substance abuse. MAT is mainly used to treat opioid addictions (i.e. heroin and/or prescription drugs like OxyContin or Vicodin). Medications like buprenorphine are used in MAT to help normalize brain chemistry, block the effects of alcohol and/or opioids, relieve cravings, and stabilize body functions, making sobriety easier to maintain. All medications used are approved by the FDA, and every MAT program is tailored to the patient’s specific needs.

Buprenorphine Detox:

Buprenorphine (brand name Subutex, among others) is an opioid medication used to treat opioid addiction. Buprenorphine can prevent or significantly reduce withdrawal symptoms, making it easier to get and stay off opioids. Sometimes used alongside naloxone, dosage depends on the severity of each case. Many people stay on buprenorphine long-term, although some gradually reduce the dosage to come off it.

Psychotropic Medication:

Psychotropic medications (aka psychodynamic medication) are any medicines used specifically to affect and/or alter a patient's mind, emotions, and behaviors. Such psychiatric medicines are often used to change chemical levels in the brain that impact a person's mood and behavior. These medications include mood stabilizers, antidepressants, anti-ADHD drugs, and anti-anxiety medications.

Level of Care:

Holistic Treatment:

Rather than focusing solely on addiction, holistic treatment facilities treat patients in terms of their whole being. Holistic treatment is about more than just addiction and sobriety – it addresses the person’s life in its entirety, including career, physical, familial, and spiritual aspects.


Restart Outpatient Clinic offers evaluation and treatment to clients with a history of substance use problems. Restart is committed to providing the highest quality of care to all individuals seeking outpatient chemical dependency service and provides services in a holistic manner, addressing all of the life issues that impact on the recovery of our clients. Restart Outpatient Rehabilitation offers evaluation and treatment to clients with a chronic history of substance use problems and struggling with some key life skills, serious health conditions, and lacking adequate social support.

Individualized Treatment:

Certain drug and alcohol rehabs have standard treatment regimes they expect all patients to follow. Others offer individualized treatment, meaning they tailor treatment to a person's specific background and needs. For example, a rehab facility may adjust a treatment program to take into account the type of drug or addiction from which the person suffers, their age, medical condition(s), religious beliefs, or lifestyle.


12-step programs are addiction recovery models based on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). A number of substance abuse programs (including some drug and alcohol rehab centers) use the 12 steps as a basis for treatment. Beginning steps involve admitting powerlessness over the addiction and creating a spiritual basis for recovery. Middle steps including making direct amends to those who've been hurt by the addiction, and the final step is to assist others in addiction recovery in the same way. 12-Step offshoots including Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA), Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) and Gamblers Anonymous (GA).

Aftercare Support:

Completing a drug or alcohol rehab program shouldn't spell the end of substance abuse treatment. Aftercare involves making a sustainable plan for recovery, including ongoing support. This can include sober living arrangements like halfway houses, career counseling, and setting a patient up with community programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

Treatment Focus:

Opioid Addiction:

Opioid rehabs specialize in supporting those recovering from opioid addiction. They treat those suffering from addiction to illegal opioids like heroin, as well as prescription drugs like oxycodone. These centers typically combine both physical as well as mental and emotional support to help stop addiction. Physical support often includes medical detox and subsequent medical support (including medication), and mental support includes in-depth therapy to address the underlying causes of addiction.


The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence. Those with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success is measured by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, better health, and improved social functioning. Recovery and Maintenance are usually based on 12 step programs and AA meetings.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse:

A combined mental health and substance abuse rehab has the staff and resources available to handle individuals with both mental health and substance abuse issues. It can be challenging to determine where a specific symptom stems from (a mental health issue or an issue related to substance abuse), so mental health and substance abuse professionals are helpful in detangling symptoms and keeping treatment on track.

Dual Diagnosis:

For over 15 years, Restart has provided specialized treatment services for clients with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. The Program continues to provide services to clients with co-occurring mental health and chemical dependency disorders in both English and Spanish in a specialized integrated group setting. The clinical teams assist clients to manage their dual disorders through the support of an integrated team of staff from the mental health clinic and the chemical dependency clinic. Information related to addiction, relapse prevention, medication management and recovery from chemical dependency and mental health disorders is shared in group and individual settings. Program is staffed by clinicians with background in mental health and chemical dependency and utilizes case management support to assist clients with concrete basic needs whenever necessary. The Recovery Connection program provides intensive case management and outreach to clients with chemical dependency or co-occurring mental health disorders that have significant and high use of costly and intensive inpatient services.

Therapy Programs:

Recreational Therapy:

Recreational therapy (aka therapeutic recreation) uses creative and fun activities to help with addiction recovery. Recreational therapists lead patients in entertaining and engaging activities like sports or games; art (drawing, painting, sculpture); drama, music, and dance; and/or community outings (field trips) to improve patients' physical, social, and emotional well-being.

Family Therapy:

Research clearly demonstrates that recovery is far more successful and sustainable when loved ones like family members participate in rehab and substance abuse treatment. Genetic factors may be at play when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction, as well as mental health issues. Family dynamics often play a critical role in addiction triggers, and if properly educated, family members can be a strong source of support when it comes to rehabilitation.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy modality that focuses on the relationship between one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is used to establish and allow for healthy responses to thoughts and feelings (instead of unhealthy responses, like using drugs or alcohol). CBT has been proven effective for recovering addicts of all kinds, and is used to strengthen a patient's own self-awareness and ability to self-regulate. CBT allows individuals to monitor their own emotional state, become more adept at communicating with others, and manage stress without needing to engage in substance abuse.

Individual Therapy:

In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Therapy is a pivotal part of effective substance abuse treatment, as it often covers root causes of addiction, including challenges faced by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life.

Trauma Therapy:

Trauma therapy addresses traumatic incidents from a client's past that are likely affecting their present-day experience. Trauma is often one of the primary triggers and potential causes of addiction, and can stem from child sexual abuse, domestic violence, having a parent with a mental illness, losing one or both parents at a young age, teenage or adult sexual assault, or any number of other factors. The purpose of trauma therapy is to allow a patient to process trauma and move through and past it, with the help of trained and compassionate mental health professionals.

Group Therapy:

Group therapy is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one). There are a number of different group therapy modalities, including support groups, experiential therapy, psycho-education, and more. Group therapy involves treatment as well as processing interaction between group members.

Couples Therapy:

Whether a marriage or other committed relationship, an intimate partnership is one of the most important aspects of a person's life. Drug and alcohol addiction affects both members of a couple in deep and meaningful ways, as does rehab and recovery. Couples therapy and other couples-focused treatment programs are significant parts of exploring triggers of addiction, as well as learning how to build healthy patterns to support ongoing sobriety.

Experiential Therapy:

Experiential therapy is a form of therapy in which clients are encouraged to surface and work through subconscious issues by engaging in real-time experiences. Experiential therapy departs from traditional talk therapy by involving the body, and having clients engage in activities, movements, and physical and emotional expression. This can involve role-play or using props (which can include other people). Experiential therapy can help people process trauma, memories, and emotion quickly, deeply, and in a lasting fashion, leading to substantial and impactful healing.

Motivational Interviewing:

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a clinical approach to helping people with substance abuse issues and other conditions shift behavior in positive ways. It is more goal-oriented than traditional psychotherapy, as MI counselors directly attempt to get clients to consider making behavioral change (rather than wait for them to come to conclusions themselves). Its primary purpose is to resolve ambivalence and help clients become able to make healthy choices freely.

Life Skills:

Life skills trainings involve all the skills a person must have in order to function successfully in the world. These include time management, career guidance, money management, and effective communication. Truly successful addiction recovery is based on the ability to not only live substance-free, but to thrive. Life skills teaches the practical necessities of functioning in society, which sets clients up for success in life, and therefore sobriety.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy:

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is a way of getting nicotine into the bloodstream without smoking. It uses products that supply low doses of nicotine to help people stop smoking. The goal of therapy is to cut down on cravings for nicotine and ease the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.


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Last Updated: 05/14/2018