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Female Addicts to Have More Opportunity for Help

By Jason Weinstein.
Women struggling with addiction in our area will soon have a greater chance of finding help.

Fairview Recovery Services in Binghamton is building a $3.6 facility that will have 18 beds - 16 for recovering female addicts and two for their children. The center will serve clients from Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, and Tioga counties. The new facility will replace a 12-bed building Fairview has for recovering female addicts. Fairview will look to re-purpose that building.

"We need these kinds of programs so that women who have addiction issues are more likely to seek out treatment without fear of losing their children," said Sean Byrne, Executive Deputy Comissioner of the State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (OASIS).

"We see more and more women coming to treatment. One of the barriers that keeps women from wanting to come to treatment is that they have to sometimes leave their children. Or if they're pregnant they might give birth while they're here. In the past, until we get this new house, we've never been able to serve women with their children," said Michele Napolitano, Executive Director of Fairview Recovery Services.

The new building should be open in May of 2016. Napolitano says about 60 percent of people who enter Fairview are addicted to heroin or opioids. She says the numbers are the same between men and women but that the group is getting younger.