Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center helping WNY men combat addiction


NEW AT 4 — THERES ANOTHER EFFORT HERE IN WESTERN NEW YORK TO FIGHT THE GROWING OPIOID EPIDEMIC. THE ADULT REHABILITION CENTER THROUGH THE SALVATION ARMY IS COMPLETELY FREE- AND IS STILL ACCEPTING MORE PEOPLE WHO NEED HELP. NEWS 4’S ANGELA CHRISTOFOROS TALKED TO A LOCAL MAN WHO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE PROGRAM, AND JOINS US NOW WITH HIS STORY. ANGELA. MARISSA THE PEOPLE WHO RUN THE MEN’S PROGRAM TELL ME IT’S LIKE A HIDDEN GEM HERE IN WESTERN NEW YORK. IT’S RUN ALL YEAR LONG 24 HOURS A DAY – AND PEOPLE DON’T NEED INSURANCE TO QUALIFY. MICHAEL ENGLISH SAYS THE PROGRAM HELPED HIM OVERCOME A 2 DECADE LONG ADDICTION – AND GET A NEW LEASE ON LIFE. ((I WAS A LINE COOK AT A MAJOR COLLEGE AND I GOT FIRED FROM THAT JOB AND EVERYTHING WENT DOWNHILL FROM THERE.)) MICHAEL ENGLISH SAYS HE STRUGGLED WITH ADDICTION FOR NEARLY 20 YEARS. ((OPIATES, MARIJUANA, AND ALCOHOL. AND MY EX SHE TRIED TO HELP ME BUT I WOULDN’T LET IT GO.)) HE SAYS THINGS DIDN’T START TO TURN AROUND UNTIL HE CAME TO THE SALVATION ARMY ADULT REHABILITATION CENTER ON MILITARY ROAD IN BUFFALO. ((IF IT WASN’T FOR THE SALVATION ARMY MY LIFE WOULD BE SHOT.)) ((WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO JUST SUFFER FROM ALCOHOLISM, GUYS WHO COME IN THAT’S A MIX OF DRUG USE AND ALCOHOL. SO THE OPIOD EPIDEMIC IS REALLY SOMETHING THAT IS AT THE FOREFRONT OF WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO COMBAT HERE.)) MICHAEL WENT THROUGH AN INTENSIVE DRUG AND ALCOHOL RECOVERY PROGRAM. PARTICIPANTS LIVE ON SITE FOR 6 TO 12 MONTHS. THEY MEET WITH COUNSELORS, TAKE CLASSES, HELP WITH WORK IN THE BUILDING, AND PRAY. ((FOR US WE BELIEVE IN A HOLISTIC APPROACH OF MIND BODY AND SPIRIT. SO THE SALVATION ARMY BEING A CHURCH, THAT FAITH BASED COMPONENT IS A BIG PART OF THAT.)) MICHAEL OFFICIALLY GRADUATED FROM THE PROGRAM IN APRIL – AND HAS BEEN CLEAN AND SOBER FOR ALMOST 1 YEAR. HE’S NOW A FAMILY ASSOCIATE AT ONE OF THE SALVATION ARMY THRIFT STORES. ((FOR THE SICK AND SUFFERING ADDICTS THEY NEED TO GET IN HERE. IF THEY COULD THEY NEED TO FIND A WAY AND GET IN HERE. THE PROGRAM WILL CHANGE THEIR LIVES. BELIEVE ME I’M PROOF.)) THE ADULT REHAB CENTER HAS SPACE FOR 90 PEOPLE AND CURRENTLY HAS 45 BEDS AVAILABLE. MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAM IS ON THE FOUND IT ON 4 SECTION OF OUR WEBSITE, IT WILL ALSO BE POSTED

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