MANLIUS, N.Y. (NCC News) – People received free resources to help fight opioid addiction for attending a Central New York nonprofit organization’s event on Thursday night.
Road2RecoveryCNY held their October Family Recovery Program from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Center of Grace Wellness Studio in Manlius. A Zoom meeting was made available for people that could not attend the event in-person.
The organization had volunteers called navigators lead the discussion seminar. Navigators are parents who have helped their children recover from addiction in the past.
Attendees learned about opioid addiction, the different resources that are available and how to cope. Navigator Anne Glenny said families should attend support groups.
“We just have found that if candidates family members are knowledgeable on addiction and supportive, then they do much better in their treatment,” Glenny said.
Local support groups, articles, books and Narcan training opportunities were provided to the people who took part in the event.
The volunteer nonprofit organization has received a total of $459,000 in donations towards helping people receive treatment. 22 people have successfully graduated from the program since 2018, which was when this organization was introduced to Central New York.
“All of our donations, 100%, go towards helping individuals seek long-term recovery from their addiction,” Glenny said.
The program sends young adults to recovery facilities in states outside of New York. People in the program undergo 90 days of residential inpatient rehab, which is followed by another 90 days of sober living and coaching. Glenny said that the COVID-19 pandemic has made completing this process more challenging.
“All of those supports just stopped because of COVID. So, it has been difficult for them, it has been difficult for us,” Glenny said. “It has definitely affected our fundraising as well, but we’re doing what we can.”
Road2RecoveryCNY holds their free Family Recovery Programs four times each year. This year, they have had meetings in January, April, July, and October.
The next free Family Recovery Program is estimated to take place sometime in January 2021.