Here at the Addiction Medicine Program, it is our mission to provide the highest quality care without judgment, in an atmosphere where people struggling with addiction can receive comprehensive, personalized, and respectful treatment.
The Addiction Medicine Program at Saratoga Community Health Center takes a comprehensive, non-judgmental approach to helping patients and families cope with opioid, alcohol, and benzodiazepine addiction. If you’re struggling with substance abuse—and are ready to commit to trying to quit—our program could help. Our dedicated team of medical, behavioral health, and social work professionals specialize in treating addiction. As a patient, you will be expected to participate in all aspects of our comprehensive program as recommended by the doctor, which may include medication-assisted treatment (MAT), substance abuse counseling and behavioral health counseling. We know that addiction is a disease and that addicts deserve patience and understanding—not criticism or judgment. If you relapse, we will work with you to get you back on track.
We are not a cash-only program. If you are uninsured, don’t let that stop you. At the Community Health Center, we provide healthcare for patients regardless of income. We offer financial assistance and bill on a sliding scale, based on your ability to pay. We accept more health insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, so if you have health insurance, at least some of your treatment costs should be covered. We also help uninsured patients apply for free or low-cost insurance.
Once you decide to get treatment, it’s important to act quickly. We must be confident that you are motivated to quit, so it is up to you—not a doctor or family member—to enroll in the program. Call us at 518-886-5600 to make an appointment. And call now, while you’re motivated.
For patients in crisis, we’ll do whatever we can to see you as soon as possible.
Dr. Joshua Zamer, MD, DABAM, leads our team as medical director of the Addiction Medicine Program at Saratoga Community Health Center. He is board-certified in both family medicine and addiction medicine. He has been practicing addiction medicine since 2001 and has worked in all aspects of treatment, including inpatient and ambulatory detox as well as inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. He believes deeply in the disease model of addiction and strives to treat every patient with compassion and respect.
The Addiction Medicine team includes Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselors (CASACs), a licensed master social worker and registered nurse. The team works closely with a patient’s primary care provider and other specialists, and can seamlessly connect you with other services at Saratoga Community Health Center, including primary care and dental services.
“When you make that decision to quit, we are ready to be there for you, for those next steps and the steps after that. It is a journey you do not have to take alone. Here in our program, you will meet a team willing and able to support you through it all.”
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Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is a very effective addiction treatment method that combines counseling and FDA-approved medications to help people sustain their recovery.
Our compassionate Addiction Medicine team provides individual and group counseling sessions to aid people on the path to recovery. Substance abuse counselors specialize in working with patients who have a chemical dependency on drugs or alcohol.
Behavioral health counseling works with patients on strengthening those behaviors that can best contribute to a successful recovery. We can provide referrals to the Behavioral Health team working within Saratoga Community Health Center. We may also work with the patient’s family to help them understand their support roles.