Kids Escaping Drugs Dedicates Renovated Gymnasium
West Seneca, NY: On Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 4:30pm Kids Escaping Drugs will be hosting a re-dedication ceremony on the Renaissance Campus for their updated gymnasium and recreation facility sponsored by Mader Construction. The much needed renovation included the donation of products and services for a brand new gymnasium floor with custom games lines, updated wall padding, installation of acoustic tiles, wall paint, an insulated doorway, and more. Mader Construction chose to spearhead this project after two of their foreman lost children to overdoses within the past year. The new gymnasium will be dedicated by Kids Escaping Drugs and Mader Construction in memory of Jesse Weiner and Kelsey Russell. Prior to the Mader Construction project, the previous gymnasium had received few updates since its original construction in 1987. The floor had begun peeling and deteriorating due to its advanced age and significant wear, which ultimately created a safety hazard for the adolescent patients during their recreational programming. With the condition of the floor, athletic activities were severely limited and at times, impermissible especially during the summer months when heat and humidity caused the surface to become extremely slippery. Physical activity and exercise are incredibly important components of the recovery process and for maintaining health after treatment. While there are countless benefits associated with exercise, some of the positive effects for those in recovery include stress relief, increased positivity, improved self-confidence, and enhanced feelings of well-being. The Renaissance Campus is a 62 bed treatment facility serving male and female adolescents struggling with substance abuse and the disease of addiction from across Western New York and beyond. The Renaissance Campus continuously strives to provide a safe and supportive environment for patients that utilizes both evidence-based practices and an individualistic approach. While in treatment, patients have full access to a wide range of programming which has been specially developed to nurture an atmosphere of recovery and prepare each individual to re-enter the community with the tools needed to live a substance free lifestyle. In addition to recreational activities, the Renaissance Campus also provides family programming, art and music therapy, and group sessions. Patients are able to continue their education while in treatment or prepare for the TASC exam. Mental health professionals assist with treatment of co-occurring disorders and medical staff are always available. Kids Escaping Drugs is a nonprofit organization located in West Seneca, New York, which actively provides the resources necessary to educate the community on the serious substance abuse epidemic that is plaguing Western New York. Through their Face2Face Program, Kids Escaping Drugs proactively works with youth to provide early intervention and education services. In 2017, the Face2Face program reached over 17,000 local adolescents and their families. In addition, Kids Escaping Drugs supports the Renaissance Campus, WNY’s only residential treatment program for teens suffering from substance abuse and addiction.