CORE Center uses different approach to recovery

October 10, 2017 12:23 PM

The CORE Center in Rochester has a new name, but they still have the same goal: Recovery. The organization has been operating as Rochester Recovery Network since 2009, but they recently changed their name and moved into a new location. 

Last year, 206 people in Monroe County died from drug overdoses. At CORE, counselors are working to decrease that number significant. 

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CORE uses a different approach to recovery allowing people who have already been through recovery to help those who are just beginning. The peer-driven way makes people more comfortable and more likely to come back. 

James Whitney has been clean and sober for two and a half years. He says CORE helps him stay that way.

“I started when I was 15, started experimenting with drugs, moved out of my family's house, dropped out of school, moved in with my brother. It went from basic marijuana and little drinking to hard drugs and heavy drinking,” Whitney said.

Throughout his recovery journey, he says the hardest part has been staying busy. CORE gives people like Whitney a positive, drug-free spot to be. 

Kaci Jones: “Places like this also remind you that you aren’t alone, right?”

Jason Whitney: “That's a fact yeah there's a lot of other people with a lot of other stories, with a lot more clean time, less clean time and we all help each other.”

CORE brings a diverse group together to talk about their recovery journeys, search for jobs and even play a few games. The group is led by recovery coaches like Alton Byrd who overcame addiction too.

“By me having 13 years clean, by me relapsing for 7 years, losing my business and things like that then coming back, I really do understand the challenges,” Byrd said. “We really get to the core issues of what's going on then give you the support and let you know that this too shall pass and being in recovery is the best thing that could ever happen.”

For Jason Whitney, he says the time is now to get clean and CORE can help.

“It's like suicide for any heroin addicts out there right now so I suggest you make the change before it's too late,” Whitney said. 

If you need help, visit the CORE Center. CORE is located at 803 West Avenue in Rochester and is open Monday-Friday from 9:30 to 5:00pm.


Kaci Jones

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