The program offers medication-assisted addiction treatment via methadone, buprenorphine or Vivitrol.
Strong Recovery is in the process of expanding to nearly double the number of patients it can accommodate. A recently issued state notice allows inpatient and residential centers to expand by 10 percent, but only as long as they have space and can do it without extra staff or funding.
And it’s only a six-month measure, with the option of applying for a permanent expansion later.
She’s been fully clean since last September, and she and her mom give joint presentations at local schools on drug addiction.“I don’t question what she did,” Michelle said about the Mc Donald’s incident.
“Jail saved my life.”She used to wonder why she survived and others didn’t, she said, but she came to realize that part of her future purpose was to help others defeat addiction.“What I tell people is, ‘just keep holding on because it does get better,’” she said.“Everyone’s trying to expand in order to meet the demand,” said Patrick Seche of Strong Recovery.
“It’s really an awful, awful drug.”But her body was reliant on the chemical she injected between 10 and 20 times a day.“I love the way it makes me feel, I love the rush of it ... “But when I come down is when I want to die.”She has tried to get away from it — she was clean for a year and a half, from November 2014 to this past April, having gone through local treatment. She traveled to the same Buffalo facility two days in a row recently: She was turned away first because the center had no beds, and again the next day because she wasn’t in a bad enough state of withdrawal to get in ahead of others.
In recent weeks, Ayers went through withdrawal on her own at her father’s house with help from buprenorphine, under the brand name Suboxone, a medication designed to ease withdrawal symptoms. Users who turn to treatment centers for help often get shunted to waiting lists for weeks, and sometimes open slots go first to those mandated through drug court.
She had a list of treatment centers in the Rochester area for him to look through. Treatment programs vary but most inpatient programs are at least two weeks long and involve group and/or individual therapy, and may include medication.
But depending on the treatment center and its licenses, a user may not even get over-the-counter medication like Ibuprofen or Imodium to aid withdrawal.Laurie’s plan was to offer Michelle money and ask her to meet in a Mc Donald’s parking lot.Laurie had police wait nearby, hoping she could coax her daughter into doing something to warrant an arrest, land her in jail and get her off the streets.She eventually ended up involved with a local trafficking ring, sleeping with strangers to get money for heroin.Until the moment one of her traffickers and dealers let her leave to meet her mom at a Mc Donald’s on the promise of money.After the first time she went to inpatient treatment, she wasn’t ready to give up the drug.