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CDRC Reopening, Light at the End of the Tunnel

Great News,  it looks like Albany County will be starting their phase 1 re-opening sometime this week.  CDRC however is not a business included in Phase 1.  We are working with state officials to determine which phase we fall into.  Meanwhile, we are putting together protocols for re-opening CDRC aimed at keeping everyone who volunteers or attends meetings at our facility as safe as possible under the guidelines provided by the state.  We will publish them prior to our reopening.  We will also give you ample notice when we will be opening.  

If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments please feel free to call or email me and I will do my best to answer them promptly.  While we will be allowed to re-open soon it is essential that all of us continue to follow the guidelines that the state has put forth.  Wear a mask while out in public.  Practice 6’ social distancing.  Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face.  

Now that we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, lets all of us stay safe and help others to do the same.

Barry Levine
Capital District Recovery Center
(518) 369-4852

Looking forward to Better Days and New Beginnings

Temporarily closing our doors was incredibly difficult!
The building is empty and the phones are silent!

  • Miss being able to see and greet all of you with a smile and a hug.
  • Miss the face to face meetings.
  • Miss the newcomer being able to come to their first meeting and get support, ask for a sponsor and get phone numbers.
  • Miss the laughter and conversation before and after meetings.
  • In the interim, consider attending meetings online and making more phone calls.  If you need to reach CDRC, please call 518-487-4617. Calls are being answered remotely.

The decision to close TEMPORARILY was made in part to help control the spread of the Coronavirus under the guidance and mandate of the State and Federal Government and public health officials.  We want to be part of the SOLUTION.

Rest assured we will be here and we will reopen when the social distancing mandate has been lifted.  In the interim we have had CDRC professionally cleaned and sanitized in line with the DOH and CDC standards.  When we reopen, we will welcome everyone back into a safe and clean facility.

In monitoring the COVID-19 situation daily it has become very obvious that the pandemic has worsened.  By self-quarantining and following the state mandates to stay home we will all get through this.

We have a responsibility to stay safe for ourselves, our families, our friends and our community.

Please share this with your group, other meetings and anyone interested in recovery.

See some COVID-19 resources.  

Stayed tuned for continued updates.

Stay Safe!

Capital District Recovery Center


In support of the governments efforts to slow down the spread of the COVID 19 coronavirus, and to ensure the safety of our members and volunteers, meetings at CDRC will be suspended effective Monday, March 16, 2020 at 8:30 pm until April 1st when we will reassess the situation.

If you have questions or comments, please email us at Or call us at 518 487-4617.

CDRC needs you – volunteer

CDRC now hosts 230 recovery meetings a month from 16 different 12 Step Fellowships!

Due to our rapid growth, we need more volunteers. You can only keep what you have by giving it away…

  • Are you good with computer?
    • CDRC needs you!
  • Are you good with Microsoft office?
    • CDRC needs you!
  • Are you good at administration?
    • CDRC needs you!
  • Are you good at making fliers and posters?
    • CDRC needs you!
  • Are you good at social media?
    • CDRC needs you!

Volunteer applications can be found at

Or Email us at:

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

Take a virtual tour

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 is #GivingTuesdayNow?

  • #GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 – in addition to the regularly scheduled Dec 1, 2020 #GivingTuesday – as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.
  • #GivingTuesdayNow is an opportunity for people around the world to stand together in unity–to use their individual power of generosity to remain connected and heal.
  • People can show their generosity in a variety of ways during #GivingTuesdayNow–whether it’s helping a neighbor, advocating for an issue, sharing a skill, or giving to causes, every act of generosity counts.
  • At a time when we are all experiencing the pandemic, generosity is what brings people of all races, faiths, and political views together across the globe. Generosity gives everyone the power to make a positive change in the lives of others and is a fundamental value anyone can act on.
  • #GivingTuesdayNow emphasizes opportunities to give back to communities and causes in safe ways that allow for social connection and kindness even while practicing physical distancing. 
  • We all have gifts to give, and with social media, online giving, delivery, mail, and phones, there are limitless ways to use your generosity to support others.  

Video Message to CDRC Family

Video Message to CDRC Family

Hi, I’m Barry Levine and I’m the president of the Capital District Recovery Center also known as CDRC.

I want to talk to you about the COVID-19 crisis and how it affects CDRC and our community of groups.

Most important, we are holding all the group time slots and meeting rooms as they were when we had to temporarily close. No meeting will be displaced.
We miss you all and are looking forward to the day we can re-open our doors

Since we have been closed, we have had the facility thoroughly disinfected and sanitized, every surface, door knob every table and chair. We’re putting in new procedures to maintain that same level of safety once we re-open.

As of today, the NYS Pause Act is in place until May 15th. I am watching the Governor’s update daily so we can be prepared to open when it is appropriate. We will continue to share information as we get it.

If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns, you can always reach us at 518 487-4617, on our website at, or on FaceBook at capital district recovery center.

These are really crazy times and we must all work together to address this crisis. Our actions today affect everyone we come in contact with. CDRC is committed to you and we ask that you all stay safe, vigilant and strong during this crisis.

And remember, as the saying goes,


COVID-19 Resources

Virtual “Room” Meetings by phone or ZOOM

National Resources

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Federal hotline offering referrals to local treatment and support services.
  • Narcotics Anonymous Meetings worldwide for people struggling with drugs. Directory of online meetings, using Zoom, Skype and other platforms.
  • SMART Recovery Abstinence-based international organization that uses a cognitive behavioral therapy tool kit. Has a directory of online meetings.
  • AA-Alcoholics Anonymous The worldwide 12-step abstinence program has extensive online resources.
  • Recovery Dharma This organization uses Buddhist practices and principles to support individuals in recovery. Directory of daily online meditations and meetings.
  • Women for Sobriety Dedicated to helping women recover from substance use disorders, with online gatherings.
  • LifeRing Organization focusing on practical, secular support, with online meetings.
  • Cocaine Anonymous Online International group offering online support through email and voice-only conference calls.
  • In the Rooms Clearinghouse of 30 online meetings offering supports with a variety of approaches to different substance use disorders.

There are many free apps available. Here are just a few:

  • Connections Evidence-based, multipurpose app to help track sobriety and connect with supportive peers and Addiction Policy Forum counselors.
  • I Am Sober Popular, well-regarded app for planning and maintaining recovery.
  • SoberGrid Large online sober-support community and peer counseling.

For Those Who Support People in Recovery

  • Nar-Anon Global support network for those affected by someone else’s addiction. Live chat and forum available.
  • Al-Anon Using a 12-step focus, this organization offers online and phone meetings for those whose friends and relatives struggle with alcohol use disorder, among other substances.
  • Families Anonymous Offers online 12-step meetings for family and friends with a loved one struggling with drugs, alcohol and related behavioral problems.
  • SMART Recovery Friends and Family This secular, cognitive behavioral-based program offers online meetings for families and friends of someone recovering from substance abuse.

Additional Resources

Albany Department of Mental Health COVID-19 Support Line
(518) 269-6634
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
7 days/week