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September 23, 2018

OCO’s Arbor House Helping To Change Lives


FULTON, NY – Recognizing that one has become addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, and realizing that help is needed to overcome that addiction, is a life-changing moment.

However, being able to stay alcohol and drug free is no easy task.

Oswego County Opportunities’ Arbor House Residence provides those recovering from chemical dependence with the supportive environment they need to successfully achieve and maintain their abstinence from drugs and alcohol.

Oswego County Opportunities’ Arbor House Residence provides those recovering from chemical dependence with the supportive environment they need to successfully achieve and maintain their abstinence from drugs and alcohol.

For more than 20 years, Oswego County Opportunities’ Arbor House Community Residence has been helping individuals regain control of their lives by providing them with a supportive living program helps them maintain their goal of abstinence.

Established in 1987, Arbor House Community Residence, administered through OCO, provides a structured, home-like setting for those making the transition to abstinent living.

Referrals for the program come from different venues.

Many of those who stay at Arbor House are referred by agencies that deal with a drug and alcohol dependence such as Farnham, Oswego County Council on Alcoholism, Harbor Lights, and the Oswego County Drug Court.

Referrals also come from in-patient facilities and other sources for individuals that are determined to achieve and maintain their abstinence and recovery goals.

“Arbor House is a supportive environment that helps people sustain their recovery from chemical abuse,” explained senior director of Oswego County Opportunities’ Residential Services Department, Patrick Waite. “The premise of the program is that teamwork is a necessary component in the recovery process. Arbor House offers a community atmosphere that stresses individual as well as group responsibilities. We encourage residents to not only help themselves, but help one another and their community as well.”

In addition to the community residence Arbor House offers an additional component, a Supportive Living Program, designed to promote independent living in a supervised setting.

This program is available to those who have completed the program at Arbor House or another course of treatment and whose services do not require 24-hour on-site staffing.

Residents in each program are assigned a primary counselor who helps them establish a recovery plan that offers treatment as well as vocational training that will provide them with new skills that can help them achieve and maintain their independence.

Waite said that both programs are available with no direct charge to the residents.

“Funding for the programs is provided by the NYS Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse as well as additional funding from the Department of Social Services that supplements the residents’ room and board and provides them with a personal allowance check to help with some of their personal needs,” he said.

Those seeking admission into OCO’s Arbor House Community Residence or Supportive Living Program must meet the following criteria:

  • Be in need of chemical dependence services and demonstrate a commitment to recovery.
  • Be free of serious communicable disease that can be transmitted through ordinary contact.
  • Not be in need of acute care, which cannot be provided in conjunction with residential care
  • Be homeless or have a living environment not conducive to recovery
  • Be in need of outpatient treatment services and/or other support services such as vocational or educational services
  • Be at least 18 years of age.

“Our Arbor House Residence and our Supportive Living Program are remarkable services in that they can truly help someone change their life by providing them with the support and encouragement they need to achieve their goal of staying drug and alcohol free,” added Waite.

For more information, call the program coordinator at 315-564-5506 or Waite at 598-4710.

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