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St. Peter’s Addiction Recovery Center- Outpatient Rehabilitation

St. Peter’s Addiction Recovery Center- Outpatient Rehabilitation


A division of St. Peter’s Hospital, St. Peter’s Addiction Recovery Center (SPARC) offers a range of treatment services for individuals struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. The outpatient facility in Albany, one of six SPARC clinics in New York, offers treatment services for adults. Medically monitored detoxification is available at St. Peter’s Hospital, though it is not a part of the outpatient program.


Upon admission, all clients receive a psychosocial assessment, the findings of which help determine the most appropriate course of treatment. In addition to individual, group, and family counseling, individualized treatment plans typically include spirituality workshops, 12-step guidance, relapse prevention education, self-esteem and relationship groups, and smoking cessation classes. Clients may receive ongoing evaluations and medication monitoring as needed.

At the conclusion of their treatment, clients undergo a comprehensive discharge planning process. During this time, staff provide recommendations and referrals for continuing care, support groups, and sober housing. Program alumni also have access to SPARC’s active alumni group.


SPARC’s treatment team includes behavioral health counselors, activities therapists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and recreational therapists. The program also has interns and volunteers who have at least one year of sobriety.


The one alum polled by at the time of this review gave the center’s treatment effectiveness five out of five stars and shared mostly positive feedback regarding their experience. This alum submitted four- or five-star ratings for the center’s connectivity, family participation, and affordability, and characterized the staff as “very warm, welcoming, well trained, friendly, non judgemental.”

This alum was less impressed with the facility itself, noting the “dull, lifeless, institutional looking” surroundings. They rated the program’s holistic offerings with a slightly lower rating of three stars.

On Google, two individuals submitted four- and five-star ratings for SPARC but did not provide additional commentary.[1]


When asked how likely they were to recommend the facility to others, the seven friends and family members polled by provided an average rating of 3.86 out of five stars. “Very well maintained and staffed unit. Happy with the results,” one loved one wrote. Loved ones were impressed with the failicty’s family participation policies, which had an average rating of four out of five stars. The facility’s cleanliness and affordability were also rated highly with respective ratings of 3.86 and 3.71 stars.

In particular, the loved ones praised the staff’s attentiveness to the patient’s needs. “The Staff pays close attention to you needs and is willing to go the extra yard to help you when you need it,” one loved one wrote. The staff’s level of training and experience was given an average rating of four stars by the loved ones polled at time of writing.

Loved ones indicated a lack satisfaction with the program’s holistic offerings, which received an average rating of 2.43 stars. Additionally, loved one E.M. was disappointed in the center’s medication management and approach to continuing care. “He only was allowed 3 days and when he left he had to find his own doctor that would continue with the suboxone they started giving him in the clinic. So he left with know follow up!!” they wrote.


According to its website, SPARC accepts Medicaid and most major insurance plans. The facility also offers sliding scale fees for uninsured clients.


Reviews about St. Peter’s Addiction Recovery Center- Outpatient Rehabilitation

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  • Discussions were strengths of the facility but it was short sighted. It was helpfull.