Earlier this month, Governor Cuomo presided over the grand opening of a first-of-its-kind facility on Long Island. The Center for Transformation, Healing, Recovery, Inspiration, Validation and Empowerment (THRIVE) is a community and outreach center for Long Islanders who have been plagued by drug addiction. It will be operated by a group of non-profit organizations, including the Family and Children’s Association. Officials, prevention advocates and community leaders, alike are hoping that the center will be the first of many and that it can help LI residents struggling with addiction access the resources they need to successfully embark on a journey of long-term recovery.
THRIVE is slated to provide a variety of valuable resources, including programs on education and vocational matters, health and wellness topics, and workshops on parenting and stress management. It will also offer training sessions for those interested in becoming Certified Peer Recovery Advocates. In an effort to maximize scope and outreach, the facility will be made available to other recovery organizations for the purposes of deeper collaboration on prevention and anti-substance abuse education. Stakeholders are hoping that THRIVE will give recovering addicts the leg up they need to start rebuilding their lives and families as they continue their post-treatment programs and focus on their sobriety.
Much like the rest of the country, New York’s addiction treatment apparatus has been unable to keep pace with the unprecedented levels of addiction consuming its population. Patients often have to wait days, if not weeks, to get treatment; and that’s only half the battle. Once they actually manage to find help and complete a program, they find themselves with little resources or means to start repairing the lifestyle fallout of their substance abuse. Facilities like THRIVE are very much hoping to reverse this trend by offering those in need with comprehensive assistance on the backend of recovery.