Outpatient rehab facility opens in Purchase, focus on mental health and substance treatment

Release Recovery is a safe space for those struggling with mental health disorders and substance abuse.

Emily Young

Mar 20, 2024, 9:25 PM

Updated 125 days ago

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"The Bachelorette" season 16 winner Zach Clark and his organization Release Recovery have two sober homes in Yorktown. Today, they opened their first-ever outpatient facility at Purchase Professional Park.
It's a resource they say is very needed in this community.
"We saw a lot of people leaving the state to go get care or services - Pennsylvania, Connecticut - so what we said was why are we not offering these services here? When you look at the map, in Westchester County alone there are some really good providers, but there's just not enough," said Clark, CEO of Release Recovery.
Release Recovery is a safe space for those struggling with mental health disorders and substance abuse.
"It's not the stereotypical person with a brown paper bag living under the bridge," says Dr. Michael McCormick, chief medical officer. "It [addiction] affects everyone, it crosses all boundaries. Everyone has either had it in their family or it's affected someone they knew."
It's an intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization program that includes group therapy and one-on-one sessions.
"It's not as much about the substances and alcohol as you would think. It's more about life, and it's about how it affected them and their mental health - and we work on all of that," says McCormick
It's also about family support.
"The people most often left behind are the families, so we pay a lot of attention to them. They are in weekly sessions with our clinicians and the patients," said Clark.
They want people to know it might feel like a hopeless situation but that there is a better way to live.
"When you're in the throes of addiction and you're sitting around each day doing heroin and drinking every day like I was, there's no hope," says Clark. "Getting sober doesn't suck, it's not a punishment and that's something we try to pass on to our clients and our patients."


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