Substance Use

About This Service

GMHC provides nonjudgmental substance use services as part of our comprehensive strategy to support people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Our services are designed to help guide you through safer and better managed use of substances and/or supporting abstinence from drugs or alcohol. We can also help you understand your relationship to alcohol and substances, and how to reduce personal harm.

What We Offer

GMHC staff are trained mental health and substance use professionals. We offer have a range of substance use programs including:

Women Empowering Women

Women Empowering Women provides individual and group counseling support for woman-identified clients who have histories of substance use and mental health issues, incarceration, sex work and unstable housing. We focus on issues such as cravings, triggers, relapse prevention, harm reduction strategies, coping with living with HIV/AIDS, maintaining sobriety, and others.


ReCharge is a sex-positive, safer-space to learn about safer crystal meth use for gay and bisexual men, and transgender women. Using a harm reduction approach to treatment and through both individual and group counseling, ReCharge works to aid individuals in reducing and eliminating the negative consequences of chronic or problematic crystal meth use.


We can refer clients to medical providers who can explore how medications can be used to support you in achieving your goals alcohol and substance use goals.

Opioid Overdose Prevention Program

We are committed to combatting the opioid epidemic in New York and lead a registered Opioid Overdose Prevention Program under the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Our staff are certified to provide training to GMHC staff, clients, and community members on recognizing signs of opioid overdose and in the use of Narcan (Naloxone) to reverse overdose. These training programs are open to anyone interested in learning how to recognize and reverse opioid overdoses. Participants receive a free Overdose Prevention Kit containing two doses of intranasal Naloxone. Our staff also train individuals in the community, both on site at GMHC and off-site at various locations throughout the city.

Syringe Access Program

We can provide access to unused syringes via a voucher system. Individuals in need of syringes, for a variety of reasons (e.g. intravenous drug use, hormone therapy, diabetes, etc.) are provided with a voucher they can use to redeem 10 unused, clean syringes at two Manhattan Duane Reade locations.

Medication Assisted Treatment Program

We can support those who wish to quit using alcohol and/or opioids using medication assistance. Psychiatric staff can evaluate and prescribe approved medications that are widely used to support sobriety from alcohol and opioid use. Our support includes helping monitor medication adherence and supporting goals around sobriety.

Substance Use

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Although most of our services are designed to serve the needs of people who have tested positive for HIV, we also provide many services to those who are HIV-negative.

No. Those who have tested antibody positive for HIV will be asked to complete a GMHC agency intake to be screened for the array of services that we provide at GMHC. People who are HIV-negative will not be eligible for agency membership, but may still be eligible for some of our substance use services. A harm reduction counselor will conduct a screening to determine eligibility for enrollment.

The first step is to meet with an intake specialist. Walk-in appointments are available Tuesday-Thursday, 9:30 am-4:30 pm. Monday and Friday hours are by appointment only. You can make an appointment by calling 212-367-1057 or emailing

Yes, our services have different eligibility requirements. An intake specialist can help you understand requirements for our different services.

Currently all of our programs are grant-funded and no insurance is required for enrollment and participation.


Email or Ph. 212-367-1109.