New facility offers help and hope to young addicts

Dec 2, 2016

A new place for young adults who are in recovery from addiction to drugs or alcohol is now open near U.B's South Campus in Buffalo. 

Local dignitaries gathered Thursday for the opening of the Young Adult Recovery Clubhouse.
Credit Chris Caya/wbfo news

A ribbon for the facility, considered the first of its kind in Western New York, took place on Thursday.

"It's something that's very unique that wasn't around when I got sober," said Robert Morrow, program manager at
the  Young Adult Recovery Clubhouse. Morrow is 25 and says he stopped using drugs and alcohol nearly 5-years ago.

The clubhouse, which has been set up in a former church on Englewood near Main Street, is meant to help fill the gap in addiction treatment and prevention. According to Morrow, 18-to-21-year-olds will be able to hang out without drugs or alcohol and play board games, foosball,; or play music and make artwork.

One young man, a 19-year-old named Eric who has been sober about 18 months, says he plans to become a member. Eric says he never thought he'd be sharing his story about being a heroin addict.

"When I was fourteen, behind the movie theater, had my first drink, smoked my first joint," Eric recalled. 

"Then a few years later, who ever thought I'd be a prisoner to myself, in my room, not being able to stop doing drugs."    

Morrow says the clubhouse will provide lots of peer support.  

"After going through this whole process myself, I am so much freer, happier and driven than I ever was while I was using. And there were many points where I didn't think I was going to make it. But I was able to get through it because of the people around me and because of my faith."  
The clubhouse at 66 Englewood Avenue will also offer self-improvement workshops, education services and meals every day of the week.