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Substance Abuse Treatment

More than a third of BRC's clients have a history of drug or alcohol addiction, and BRC offers detox, rehab, and harm reduction services that help thousands find and sustain sobriety. BRC's two addiction treatment programs, licensed by NY State and located at our West 25th Street location, meet the recovery needs of over 2,600 men and women each year.


BRC was founded by a group of recovering alcoholics seeking to improve their living conditions. We know well that substance abuse is one of the most common and most challenging barriers to health and housing stability.


BRC's in- and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs address the complex needs of homeless people with substance abuse disorders and advanced chemical addiction. And throughout all our programs, we help our clients find, enroll and succeed in substance abuse programs so they can achieve their highest level of recovery.

While we encourage our clients to address substance abuse issues and pursue sobriety, we also recognize not all clients share this goal and that, even for those who do, the road to recovery is not always linear. As such, BRC programs universally adopt harm reduction practices such as offering relapse prevention services and linking to syringe exchange or buprenoprhine or methadone maintenance care.

Crisis Center

BRC’s Chemical Dependency Crisis Center (CDCC) provides 32 beds of supportive treatment for substance abuse for homeless men and women. All our activities are aimed at preparing clients to re-enter the community with the supports in place to aid their recovery.


Services include:

  • Medically supervised detoxification 

  • Medication assisted treatment  

  • Individual and group counseling utilizing evidence based practices 

  • Medical and psychiatric support 

  • Didactic health and substance abuse education

  • Therapeutic activities 


BRC understands that one important piece in solving homelessness puzzle is to provide state-of-the art care in substance abuse recovery and prevention for our clients. The Chemical Dependency Crisis Center (CDCC) is BRC's front door to thousands of homeless men and women who come to us each year seeking health and self-sufficiency. The 32-bed program provides detoxification, medical and supportive services that help those with chemical addiction safely withdraw from substance use and take the next step toward long-term stability. 

Fred Cooper Substance Abuse Service Center (SASC)


In addition to detox, BRC offers outpatient substance abuse treatment at the Fred Cooper Substance Abuse Service Center (SASC). One of a number of BRC’s low-threshold programs, SASC provides the setting and support necessary for chronic substance abusers with poor treatment histories and often dually diagnosed mental health disorders to work toward long-term sobriety and stability.

Addiction Physician of the Year (2014)


In recognition of BRC's excellence, and the professional staff who help make that possible, in 2014 BRC's chief medical officer, Dr. Angela Kedzior, was named by Governor Andrew Cuomo as New York State's addiction physician of the year.

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