Long Island human services agency Family & Children’s Association (FCA), along with HUGS cut the ribbon on the brand new THRIVE Recovery Center in Westhampton Beach on Valentine’s Day.  

THRIVE offers numerous ongoing programs to help individuals and families find, maintain, and strengthen their recovery in a supportive, non-judgmental atmosphere free of charge.

 Staff and volunteers will provide peer-based support, resources and referral services andinteractive educational programs that promote wellness, economic prosperity and civic engagement; and a safe, welcoming haven for substance-free recreational and social activities.

The center is also currently offering virtual programming, including mindfulness meditation and a men’s group.

The THRIVE East End center builds on the success of similar THRIVE centers in Hauppauge and Westbury, offering recovery coaching, peer support groups, workshops, vocational skills, and wellness  and civic engagement programming, along with substance-free recreational events including the Sober Bowl, holiday parties, dances and game nights.

“It is profoundly gratifying to be able to offer the residents of Long Island’s East End critical and life-saving recovery programs through THRIVE,” said Dr. Jeffrey L. Reynolds, President and Chief Executive Officer of FCA. “For years, recovery community leaders fought for a recovery center on Long Island and five years ago a dedicated team working with FCA made that happen in Hauppauge. Three years later we opened a Westbury location. With more than 10,000 people served to date and funding from NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS), we’re now able to open the third THRIVE Recovery Center. The need is real, as is the effectiveness of recovery programs, both along the road to recovery from substance use disorder and in the long term.”    

Joining Dr. Reynolds at the ribbon cutting were FCA managers; THRIVE staff and volunteers; HUGS  (Human Understanding & Growth Services)  Board President Kristen Hanyo, representatives of OASAS; veteran News 12 Anchor Drew Scott, who has become a major  supporter of recovery efforts after losing his grandaughter to addiction; THRIVE consumers and their families, representatives of the Westhampton Chamber of Commerce and Westhampton Free Libraries, and local and county government officials including Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, New York State Senator Anthony Palumbo, and Assembly Member Fred Thiele.

“We help folks who have found a path to recovery maintain that recovery, build their skills and strengthen their wellness,” said Mr. Reynolds. “This is how we work together to end epidemics.”   

THRIVE East End is located at 110 Mill Road, Suites A & B, in Westhampton Beach. 

Regular open hours are Monday and Tuesday from noon to 8 p.m. and Wednesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information visit www.thriveli.org or call 516.939.1743.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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