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Two New Beds Available For Recovering Addicts In Broome County

By Kerry Longobucco.
As the heroin epidemic overwhelms our community, available beds at treatment centers have grown scarce. Because of the growing need, state money is going to add more beds to a local addiction crisis center.

Fairview Recovery Services has housed 18 beds for more than 20 years.
This expansion brings its capacity up to 20.

The facility, located on Court Street in Binghamton, is meant to be a first stop for adult addicts on their journey to sobriety. Typically, people come to Fairview for three to four days to detox, before moving into a long-term treatment program.

Fairview officials say two beds may not seem like much -- but they'll go a long way toward getting more patients into treatment each week.

Staff members say having to put someone on a waiting list, who is desperately in need of treatment, is heartbreaking.

"If they're ready to get help, you want to be able to strike while the iron's hot," Michele Napolitano, executive director of Fairview, said. "You don't want to wait -- sometimes you lose them if you wait. So that's very frustrating,"

This expansion comes on the heels of Governor Andrew Cuomo's announcement that he'll add $2 million in funding for 50 new drug treatment beds, in either the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes, or western New York. Broome County executive Debbie Preston (R) says she and her team will do everything in their power to bring those beds to our region.

The funding for the expansion is coming from the state Office for Alcoholism and Substance Abuse.

If you, or someone you know, is seeking treatment, call Fairview Recovery at 722-4080.