HISTORY

Learn about our outpatient recovery center that has served families and individuals since 1976.

1976

THE YEAR FREEDOM
INSTITUTE WAS BORN

21

NUMBER OF
CLINICIANS ON STAFF

1,000+

NUMBER OF
PEOPLE SEEN EACH YEAR

HISTORY play

Freedom Institute was founded in 1976 by Mona Mansell, a recovering alcoholic. Having seen the effects of her alcoholism on her own family, and motivated by a desire to help others become sober, Mona formed one of the country’s first intervention programs, unique in its involvement of family members in the client’s treatment and recovery process. In the early years of Freedom Institute, substance abuse treatment consisted primarily of inpatient programs, and Mona helped hundreds of people find appropriate treatment after intervention, while providing ongoing support to their families.

From the outset, she was determined that Freedom Institute address the needs of the whole family, not just the identified patient. The first family groups started at Freedom Institute in 1999. To this day, the Family Program is central to our mission and we are recognized as the leader at the intersection of family therapy and substance abuse treatment.

Today, Freedom Institute is a state-of-the art outpatient treatment and recovery center that provides a range of innovative, evidenced-based treatment services for adults, young adults, adolescents, and families. Remaining dedicated to our founder’s vision, we are the only center in the country to combine Intensive Outpatient Programming with a family systems approach and offer a higher level of outpatient care tailored to the specific needs of our clients than any other outpatient provider in the New York metropolitan area.