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September 14, 2019 – First annual Bowling for Recovery in memory of Marcus Kaplan

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 4 PM – 7 PM
Place: Spare Time Entertainment

1668 Route 9, Clifton Park, New York 12065
Hosted by Capital District Recovery Center – CDRC

This fundraising event is a family fun event. There will be LASER TAG and quite a few arcade games included as well as bowling, pizza and a soda.

The proceeds from this event will contribute to our goal of expanding our current facility and increasing the variety of our services for recovering individuals and organizations throughout the Capital District. 

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September 12, 2019 – Write Your Recovery – at The Capital District Recovery Center

Thursday September 12 6 to 8pm

Join us for this one-night workshop on using writing in recovery. We’ll experiment with the many ways that we can use writing for personal growth, fun and creativity. Of, course we use writing when we do step work, and many people in recovery want to learn more about journaling, creative writing, poetry, fiction or memoir. 

In this workshop we’ll try a sampling of writing exercises and techniques. We’ll also talk about how to start your writing project, and how to keep going. You’ll learn, you’ll laugh and you’ll write.

This is a workshop for women and men from all twelve-step programs.

Workshop fee includes materials: $20.00

To register: Please email Diane at:

Diane Cameron is an award-winning writer and teacher. She writes about the history and politics of addiction and mental illness, and she is a columnist for the Albany Times Union and other newspapers across the United States. Diane is the author of three books: Out of the Woods—a guide to long-term recovery; Looking for Signs—a collection of essays, and Never Leave Your Dead, about military trauma. Diane is passionate about recovery and about helping new writers get started.

Circle of Community


We are all longing to go home to some place
we have never been—a place half-remembered and half-envisioned
we can only catch glimpses of from time to time.
Somewhere, there are people to whom we can speak with passion
without having the words catch in our throats.
Somewhere a circle of hands
will open to receive us, eyes will light up as we enter,
voices will celebrate with us whenever we come into our own power.
Community means strength
that joins our strength to do the work that needs to be done.
Arms to hold us when we falter.
A circle of healing.
A circle of friends.
Someplace where we can be free.

by Starhawk

CDRC Speakers Bureau

The Capital District Recovery Center has access to many qualified, carefully vetted, inspirational and informative speakers on a number of issues relating to addiction and recovery. Interested community groups, churches, schools,work places and other groups can avail themselves of these speakers— free of charge—by calling the CDRC and asking to be connected to the Speakers Bureau coordinator, Lawrence Zimmerman. We will attempt to match a qualified speaker with the needs of each particular group.Speakers can be available on a variety of topics such as:

  • Addiction is a disease that is progressive and, if left untreated, can be fatal.
  • Getting sober and staying sober
  • Couples in Recovery
  • Spiritual aspects of recovery
  • Simple steps to help you stay straight and sober
  • Addiction affects not just the addict but also his or her family, workplace and community.
  • How addiction affects brain chemistry.
  • Recognizing and dealing with depression.
  • Important steps in suicide prevention.
  • Seniors in recovery.

If your group has a particular topic you would like to hear about, please contact the Speakers Bureau Coordinator at the CDRC and we will attempt to meet the needs of your group.


Albany recovery center opens for people battling addiction – Times Union

It wasn’t easy for Barry Levine to find a home for the Capital District Recovery Center, a nonprofit he started in 2015 to help people in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction.

When he did find possible sites, he recalled getting quotes for above-market rents or, in the case of one building with multiple tenants, an owner who told him it would be hard to fill future vacancies if “you people are here.”

Read more Albany Times Union

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CDRC serves as the first one of its kind recovery center serving the Capital Region of New York State to assist people in maintaining addiction free lifestyles.

What we offer

  • A welcoming environment
    • CDRC is the only recovery meeting center in the Capital Region that supports people to maintain an addiction free lifestyle. With meeting rooms of various sizes, CDRC provides a safe and supportive environment devoted too addiction recovery activities.
  • Space for all types of 12 step and recovery focused meetings.
  • Space for recovery workshops and trainings.
  • Office space for wellness and recovery services.


FAQ: Can anyone attend a meeting?

Meetings are classified as open or closed. Anyone may attend an open meeting. A closed meeting is open only to members of the fellowship, or, in the case of newcomers to A.A. or N.A., anyone who wants to stop drinking or using other drugs. Those who  are not members or potential members of the fellowship but would like to attend an A.A. or N.A. meeting can ask the meeting coordinator for direction to an appropriate open meeting.