Arms Acres, Carmel, New York

lake in Putnam County, NY.
75 Seminary Hill Rd
Carmel, NY, 10512

Overview of Arms Acres

Founded in 1982 by Winifred Arms, and located in the town of Carmel in Putnam County, New York, Arms Acres is a private system of health care which provides treatment for adolescents and adults suffering from substance abuse, chemical dependence, mental health problems, and co-occurring disorders. The center provides a serene environment for individuals looking to recover in the countryside. The facility offers evidence-based, effective forms of treatment to a diverse population and a respectful and caring environment for achieving and maintain sobriety. The center boasts of a multidisciplinary treatment team consisting of nurses, physicians, substance abuse and alcoholism counselors, psychiatrists, family specialists, and social workers. Arms Acres offers outpatient and inpatient services to adolescents and adults battling addiction and mental health disorders. These programs provide family counseling and education that addresses the disease of addiction. The adult rehabilitation program is gender-specific, offering separate treatment tracks for women and men. The facility has outpatient centers in Queens, Carmel, and the Bronx, all of which are open on weekdays and weekends. The center also offers a medically supervised detoxification program for both men and women and provides psychiatric evaluation and medical assessments. The facility offers an all-day family treatment program which was created to help family members and loved ones understand the disease of addiction. Admission at the center can occur every day of the week.

Housing and Food at Arms Acres

The facility is a hospital-like environment and offers separate treatment for adolescents, men, and women. The inpatient treatment lasts for 28 days and clients are provided with an institutional bedroom. The bedrooms are capable of double accommodation and have twin beds and a shared bathroom. Individual and group therapy areas are very close to the bedrooms. Although there are no pay phones at the detox unit, pay phones are provided for clients to use with a phone card. There are no visiting hours and family members are only allowed to visit during the family treatment program. The center is smoke-free. Food at the facility is served in the dining room, cafeteria style. Patients and family members are prohibited from bringing food to the facility as this constitutes a health hazard. The meals served are heavy and a salad bar is made available for clients. A staff dietician is available at the facility and accommodation is made for dietary restrictions.

Treatment Options

Arms Acres offers various therapy options depending on the unique needs of the client. Some of these are:

  • Medical detox
  • Inpatient adult rehabilitation program
  • Outpatient Program

Medical Detox

The center offers a comprehensive detox program which provides medically supervised detox to clients throughout the Northeast. The program is designed for patients experiencing withdrawal symptoms and psychiatric or physical complications in regards to chemical dependence. Education groups, counseling, and crisis stabilization are also available in this program.

Inpatient Adult Rehabilitation

The inpatient adult rehab program offered at Arms Acres is gender-specific and offers an evidence-based curriculum. This includes:

  • Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing

Relapse prevention, art therapy, dual focus groups, and individual treatment planning are a few of the many options available during treatment.

Outpatient Program

The treatment facility offers an intensive outpatient program for adults and adolescents. The program is flexible in content and orientation and provides care for individuals suffering from addiction or substance dependence. Case management, recovery skills, and medication management are a few programs offered.
The following are a list of problems treated at the facility:

  • Alcohol and drug abuse and dependence
  • Co-occurring disorders

Therapy Options at Arms Acres

The facility offers various options of therapy which include:

  • Dual Focus Group
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Group counseling
  • Individual counseling
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Equine therapy
  • Family counseling


Arms Acres cost approximately $11,648 for a 28-day program but the price for treatment varies greatly depending on the type of service being rendered and the program a client is currently registered into. The facility is in-network with most insurance companies including commercial insurance providers, managed care programs, private insurance companies, and Medicaid.
Clients are advised to call the facility during the intake process so that the finance staff will contact the insurance company to discover the benefits covered for such client and the procedure for admission. The facility will provide pre-certification assessments to the insurance company to prove that such a client meets the criteria to need this level of care and gain approval for admission.
After completion of a program, if a client needs an extended level of stay or is interested in staying for an extended period of time but insurance is already exhausted, self-play plans are available. This also applies to clients with no insurance coverage.


The facility is fully accredited by The Joint Commission and also The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).
Associations in which the facility is a member of includes:

  • The Addiction Treatment Providers Association (ATPA)
  • New York State Combat Heroine Addiction

Arms Acres Advantages

The facility allows clients to call their loved ones but at a limited time and for a particular number of minutes or hours. Payphones are at strategic places in the rehab units for the patients to use but are not available at all at in the detox units. Visiting is not allowed at all, family and loved ones are only allowed into the facility for the family therapy program. All packages sent to the facility are thoroughly searched before they are given to the patients and if contraband is found, it will be destroyed.
Smoking is prohibited at the facility and families and loved ones of a patient are not allowed to bring food into the facility during the family treatment program. Barbers and Hairdressers are not available to patients registered at the facility and might be a serious consideration for clients who are looking into gaining treatment at this center. Patients not comfortable with the mode of treatment can leave at any time but are required to find their own transportation.
Recreational and Equine therapy programs such as yoga, horse riding, acupuncture, art therapy, volleyball, swimming, and many more are offered by the facility. Arms Acres is a good choice for clients looking for a strict same-sex mode of treatment.

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