Sunday, June 24, 2012

CARS: Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services Offers "Treatment on Demand" in Ithaca, NY

"On Demand" kinda says it all, doesn't it? I love my videos and TV on demand so why not other services.

As an Ithaca DWI defense lawyer I am continually on the look out for valuable services that are local. My clients with dependency issues often need resources that are geographically easy to access. Within our 10 miles square locality is often helpful but also merely one consideration. Sometimes a more important aspect of service is the speed at which I can get my clients what they need. If they are in immediate need, waiting is NOT always an option.

1. They may need an immediate chemical assessment/evaluation.
2. They may need to submit to immediate chemical treatment/rehabilitation.
3. They may need a referral into a long term or short term (inpatient or outpatient) program.

This has been a problem within Tompkins County because getting an appointment with local providers was a challenge. Most recently CARS (Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services) has starting offering Same Day- ON DEMAND Services.

This was posted on the door at the Ithaca City Courthouse:

Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services Outpatient Clinic


Same day chemical abuse assessment services as available

CARS Treatment on Demand allows a person to contact CARS and be seen the same day for an appointment for an immediate chemical abuse (drug/alcohol) and Impaired driver assessment

Research (best practices) has proven that that if a person can be seen immediately for chemical treatment services it increases their success rate in beginning and remaining in treatment.

CARS offers dedicated assessment/evaluation at the CARS Outpatient Clinic located at 334 West State Street, Ithaca, NY.


They are offering brief or comprehensive SAME DAY assessments. They are also offering immediate treatment and/or plans of treatment to begin ASAP or persons to be referred for further care based upon need.

They take WALK INS or call 607-273-5500 x 14

Contact Al Alfaro, LMSW, CASAC
Clinical Supervisor

Cell: 607-351-0680

If someone is in need of these types of services it's nice to know they are here locally and readily available. I like that they are extremely service oriented.

My plug: CARS has helped a lot of my clients over the years deal with their addictions. This was even before they became ON DEMAND. For those with some very serious issues I have seen CARS help them help themselves.

My disclaimer: I have met people who did not like CARS. No one place is for everything or everyone, nothing is for everyone. Just as some people living and working in this isolated fish bowl would prefer a more anonymous place to get evaluated and treated. Yes, Ithaca is loved and hated for the same reasons. It is a small town where everyone knows your business.

In the same respect, I am not the right or perfect attorney for everyone. Some people need to find the right fit or a place they feel most comfortable. Do not discount the idea or concept of help wherever it may lie, and remember it can come in many forms or formats.

There are many counselors, programs, and places for people to go seek help. I urge those with problems to not give up on themselves. I believe that working on yourself (and your program of choice) to be healthy is always a lifetime project without end.

Lawrence (Larry) Newman, D.C., Esq.

Doctor of Chiropractic
Attorney and Counselor at Law

504 North Aurora Street
Ithaca, NY 14850