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Introducing the Peer Alliance Recovery Center (PARC)

One of New York’s newest Recovery Community & Outreach Centers (RCOCs) is the Peer Alliance Recovery Center (PARC) located in Jamaica, Queens. Since first opening its doors in April of this year, the Center (a program of Samaritan Daytop Village) has been offering free workshops and group sessions, social and recreational activities, vocational assistance and…

Pathways of Recovery – Faith-Based

Faith-based recovery can be traced back to early Native American tribes, the Washingtonian Movement, the Oxford Group, and Alcoholics Anonymous; all of which included some degree of spiritual principles. Many individuals in active addiction have little or no faith in the possibility of recovery or any concept of a higher power. In fact, they don’t…

Policy Corner: Treatment on Demand

More than 20 million people are dependent on alcohol and / or drugs, yet only one in ten is accessing treatment. Oftentimes, individuals desperate for treatment have to wait days, weeks, and even months for help. The consequences are often dire when the window of opportunity is missed. Delays can endanger the chances that a…

Recovery Needs Survey

In 2016, FOR-NY created a state-wide survey that was distributed to individuals and families living in recovery from addiction, families who lost a loved one to addiction, and people who have otherwise been impacted by addition. Almost 1700 people across New York participated in FOR-NY’s first recovery needs assessment. Over the last few months, we…

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Peer Mentoring in Correctional Facilities: An Interview with Michelle Raysor

Connecting for Purpose, that’s the name of the organization founded by this month’s featured Recovery Coach, Michelle Raysor, CARC, MA, CRC, CASAC, LMHC.  Connecting, for purpose, is what Recovery Coaching is all about!  It was a pleasure connecting with Ms. Raysor, about her life and her life’s calling, which is to work with incarcerated and…

FOR-NY Presents Community Asset Mapping Training

FOR-NY launched its first Community Asset Mapping – Recovery Community Organization Training on June 29th at the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services in New York City.   Hosted by the Alumni Association of NY, more than 50 people representing all five boroughs attended this new three-hour training. WHAT IS COMMUNITY ASSET MAPPING? Community Asset Mapping…

Introducing FOR-NY’s RCO Toolkit

Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs) are independent, nonprofit organizations led by local recovery allies. Allies may be people in long-term recovery, their families and friends, recovery-focused professionals, or simply concerned citizens with an interest in providing support. Ultimately, RCOs create a culture that supports and sustains recovery for individuals and their families. While there are more…

Families in Recovery – Nicole A

In 2009, my only son graduated high school with a 3.8 GPA and an academic scholarship to the university of his choice. By the spring of 2010, it was clear that he had “gone astray.”  Our straight “A” student had suddenly lost his scholarship and was headed back home to attend community college. I tried…

Introducing Family to Family Recovery Resource Guide

In response to requests for help from families across New York State struggling with a loved one’s addiction, FOR-NY, with support from the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS OASAS), has created the Family to Family Recovery Resource Guide. This comprehensive, downloadable, free guide is based on feedback provided by…

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NYS Recovery Conference – Program Updates

This year’s NYS Recovery Conference – Recovery across a Lifetime is only seventy five days away and we’ve got an outstanding program planned for you! The day and a half event will include inspiring speakers, twenty five professional workshops across five time slots, live music, performance art, screening of the documentary “Erasing the Stigma,” networking…

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