Chemical Dependency Services

Behavioral Health - ECMC Hospital, Buffalo, NY
Behavioral Health - ECMC Hospital, Buffalo, NY
Behavioral Health - ECMC Hospital, Buffalo, NY

Our Region’s Most Comprehensive Chemical Dependency Treatment

ECMC offers individuals and families the most comprehensive alcohol and drug addiction rehab services available in Western New York, with inpatient and outpatient programs to support patients with their needed level of care. All treatment programs provide state-of-the-art medications to treat addictions, as well as counseling and other support for the best chance of success.

Along with emergency psychiatric care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, ECMC’s behavioral health services are distinguished by:

  • Status as one of the largest chemical dependency treatment centers in the area
  • Status as the largest acute care psychiatric program in our region for adolescents, adults, and seniors
  • Chemical dependency evaluations each day from 8 AM to 2 AM to assess patients, determine the appropriate level of care, and facilitate referral and placement
  • Bilingual counselors to serve our Spanish-speaking population
  • Partnerships in intervention services with:
    • The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center
    • Erie County Department of Social Services
    • Ken-Ton School District
    • Maryvale School

Our alcohol and drug addiction facilities include:

  • Inpatient facilities
    • 18-bed Substance Intervention Program, a medically supervised inpatient detoxification unit for patients dependent on both drugs and alcohol
    • 20-bed Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Program, a residential program for structured rehabilitation treatment
  • Three chemical-dependency outpatient centers (including one for vocational rehab)

All treatment programs at ECMC are certified by the New York State Office of Mental Health, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).

ECMC accepts most insurance, and sliding scale payment rates are also available.

CONDITIONS & DISEASES | Alcohol & Drug Addiction Rehab

The compassionate psychiatry and substance abuse specialists at ECMC work with patients struggling with a variety of substance abuse conditions. On both an inpatient and outpatient basis, our experts treat conditions including:

  • Alcoholism
  • Drug addiction
  • Chronic relapse
  • Drug or alcohol withdrawal
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TREATMENTS & PROCEDURES | Alcohol & Drug Addiction Rehab

At ECMC, we offer specialized alcohol and drug addiction care on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. Some of the services we offer include: 

  • Emergency Department chemical dependency counseling
  • Intensive rehabilitation services for becoming and remaining substance-free
  • Psychiatric assessments and follow up
  • Family counseling and therapy
  • Group counseling
  • Chemical dependency treatment for adolescents
  • Comprehensive suboxone treatment, encompassing counseling and physician visits
  • Counseling for the family and friends of patients

In addition, we offer specialized programs for patients diagnosed with both a mental health issue and addiction:

  • Dually Diagnosed Treatment – this service allows counselors to provide treatment to individuals diagnosed with both a mental illness and chemical dependency
  • Post-Traumatic Syndrome Disorder (PTSD) Treatment – this specialized treatment addresses the needs of patients who struggle with symptoms relating to the dual diagnoses of PTSD and addiction
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Conditions & Diseases

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CONDITIONS & DISEASES | Alcohol & Drug Addiction Rehab

The compassionate psychiatry and substance abuse specialists at ECMC work with patients struggling with a variety of substance abuse conditions. On both an inpatient and outpatient basis, our experts treat conditions including:

  • Alcoholism
  • Drug addiction
  • Chronic relapse
  • Drug or alcohol withdrawal

Treatments & Procedures

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TREATMENTS & PROCEDURES | Alcohol & Drug Addiction Rehab

At ECMC, we offer specialized alcohol and drug addiction care on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. Some of the services we offer include: 

  • Emergency Department chemical dependency counseling
  • Intensive rehabilitation services for becoming and remaining substance-free
  • Psychiatric assessments and follow up
  • Family counseling and therapy
  • Group counseling
  • Chemical dependency treatment for adolescents
  • Comprehensive suboxone treatment, encompassing counseling and physician visits
  • Counseling for the family and friends of patients

In addition, we offer specialized programs for patients diagnosed with both a mental health issue and addiction:

  • Dually Diagnosed Treatment – this service allows counselors to provide treatment to individuals diagnosed with both a mental illness and chemical dependency
  • Post-Traumatic Syndrome Disorder (PTSD) Treatment – this specialized treatment addresses the needs of patients who struggle with symptoms relating to the dual diagnoses of PTSD and addiction

Our Doctors

Meet our dedicated team of doctors and psychiatrists who staff the Regional Behavioral Health Center of Excellence at ECMC and work alongside our staff to deliver patient-centric health care.


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Michael Cummings, MD
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Victoria Brooks, MD
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