Horizons Clubhouse for teens in recovery or at risk for addiction opens in Massena
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 5:28 pm

MASSENA -- Horizons Clubhouse, which is aimed at combating adolescent substance use disorder, is now open in Massena.

Operated by Seaway Valley Council for Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention, the facility will provide a chance for young people ages 12 to 17 in recovery or at risk for addiction to develop social skills that promote long-term health, wellness and a drug-free lifestyle.

The clubhouse is funded through a $250,000 grant from OASAS.

Horizons provides a “community-based, non-clinical setting for promoting long-term recovery through skill building, recreation, education, wellness, evidence-based prevention programs and other social activities. Clubhouse participants will also work with and support each other to achieve personal and recovery-specific goals,” a news release from OASAS says.

Horizons is at 56-58 Main St. It will be open Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., with extended hours until 8:30 p.m. on select evenings. The clubhouse will also be open on weekends.

“Substance abuse has become a real challenge for people of all ages in all segments of our society,” Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-Rome, said in a prepared statement from OASAS. “But now teenagers and young adults in St. Lawrence County who may be facing addiction will have a safe and nurturing atmosphere in which they can recover. I am hopeful that those who need it will take advantage of this valuable resource.”

"Substance abuse is a serious issue in our community, and we know children are just as susceptible as adults,” Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne, D-Theresa, said in a prepared statement from OASAS. “I am grateful for the Governor's focus on supporting our youth that are at risk by providing services that promote recovery, sobriety and prevention. So many young people in our region are suffering due to the addictions of their caregivers. This clubhouse is crucial to provide the environment they need to break free from the grip substance abuse is having on their lives."

New Yorkers struggling with an addiction, or whose loved ones are struggling, can find help and hope by calling the state’s toll-free, 24-hour, 7-day-a-week HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or by texting HOPENY (Short Code 467369).

Available addiction treatment including crisis/detox, inpatient, community residence, or outpatient care can be found using the new and improved NYS OASAS Treatment Availability Dashboard at FindAddictionTreatment.ny.gov or through the Access Treatment page on the NYS OASAS website. Visit the #CombatAddiction website at oasas.ny.gov/CombatAddiction to learn more about how you can help to #CombatAddiction in your community.

Visit www.combatheroin.ny.gov for more information on addressing heroin and prescription opioid abuse, including a Kitchen Table Tool Kit to help start the conversation about the warning signs of addiction and where to get help. For tools to use in talking to a young person about preventing alcohol or drug use, visit the State’s Talk2Prevent website.