The First Treatment Center of Its Kind

” I’m going to lead a full, happy, sober life.”


In 2007, Elizabeth Kabler recognized that there were no outpatient treatment programs in the city. To address that need, Elizabeth organized a board of trustees and founded New York Center for Living as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, making it the first adolescent and young adult treatment center of its kind in New York City.

Since then, the exceptional staff and rigorous clinical program of New York Center for Living have been changing lives, one family at a time. The center exists in perpetuity to serve the families of this great city as long as the need exists

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Our Mission

New York Center for Living (NYCFL) is a New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) certified outpatient program.

New York Center for Living is the only program in New York City exclusively dedicated to the treatment of substance use challenges facing adolescents and emergent adults.

At New York Center for Living, we believe early intervention, peer support networks and strong family relationships are integral to a successful treatment outcome. New York Center for Living was founded to fulfill a dire need in New York City and is specifically designed for the needs of this young population, from prevention and early intervention to treatment and aftercare.


New York Center for Living is transforming “recovery” into “self-discovery” specifically designed for adolescents, young adults and families facing challenges with substance use and associated mental health conditions.

Vision Statement

Our vision is to merge informed principles of excellence with developmental theory to shape the future direction of substance use and mental health treatment models that meet the unique needs of adolescents, young adults and their families.

Treatment Goals

At NYCFL healing begins with the family. We embrace your family with our treatment family to offer hope and action steps toward a brighter future.

Our multidisciplinary evaluation and admission processes are based upon the understanding that teens and young adults often present with a confusing array of signs and symptoms that are hard to interpret. Where to begin to seek help to sort through concerns that may be negatively impacting the individual, family, school and/or vocational tract can be overwhelming. From your first phone call to us we are here to guide you to the right level of care to meet your individual needs. If we are not the right fit we remain connected to help you with the appropriate referral.

At NYCFL teens and young adults join with a community of age-appropriate peers to practice making drug-free and healthy choices. Our treatment milieu combines research and compassionate therapeutic skills that target principled decision-making, enhanced emotional regulation, and vocational aspirations, that are pivotal to stable adulthood.

Finally, we believe that your family is our family. Parents, stepparents and significant others are encouraged to be fully involved. Let us be the guides to educate and offer reasoned approaches to deal with your intense feelings of worry that can translate to conflict. Our goal is to restore harmony that can lead to successful launching of your teen or emergent adult.

Dr. Audrey Freshman, PhD, LCSW, CASAC

Chief Executive and Clinical Director
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The Foundation

New York Center for Living is a non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation, established to help the citizens of New York find hope and healing.

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Elizabeth Kabler established an endowment for the foundation, and this recurring gift allows clients to access the highest quality of care at a reduced cost—currently less than half the cost of many other treatment centers. Whether paying for attendance through an insurance policy or self-pay, our clients benefit from the foundation’s fundraising efforts that keep costs down.

Each year, New York Center for Living hosts our annual fundraiser to support our sliding scale fund, which helps to significantly lower the cost of attendance for all New York Center for Living clients.

The long-term goal of New York Center for Living is to broaden the scope of our services by providing further outreach programs and education. Our intent is for all pediatricians to recognize and understand substance use in adolescents, for members of the community to be able to identify these same symptoms and for all who need it to have access to care. You can help us with this effort.

Your gift allows us to support the people and communities we serve, with valuable resources and the highest quality of care at the lowest possible price. Your donation is fully tax deductible and will directly help heal lives while creating better futures for our clients and their families and the community at-large. Please make a donation today.

“New York Center for Living saved my daughter’s life.”


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226 E 52nd Street,
New York, NY 10022.
  (212) 712-8800