Activists supporting more funding for drug treatment programs held a Recovery Day rally in Albany today.
Some people who couldn’t make the trip, honored the day here in Binghamton.
Voices Recovery Center, at 340 Prospect Street in the city’s First Ward, held a news conference to discuss the importance of state funding and thank local and state leaders who have fought for it.
Two peer counselors, including Dustin Hirthler, discussed their own personal journeys from addiction to sobriety.
30-year-old Hirthler of Vestal began drinking when he was 15 and became a hard core alcoholic in his early 20s.
Sober for six months, Hirthler says a place like Voices gives people hope.
“They’ve given me a chance to give back to the recovery community. I attend ACBC and I spend a lot of time going to meetings but I want to know how I can help other people and show them that no matter how far down you are, there’s always an option, there’s always things that you can do,” he said.
“Isolating is the worst thing to do. So our goal is to connect people seeking recoveries with others in recovery and feeling like they can be a part of a community,” said Center Director Gary Hartford.
Voices Recovery Center is operated by Fairview Recovery Services.
It offers a safe and welcoming, non-clinical setting that can help refer addicts to treatment centers.
It provides group therapy such as AA and 12 step along with yoga, music and group outings.
For more information, go to https://FRSInc.org.