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“Self Discovery, Making the Right Choices, Feeling Good”

Who We Are

In 2007, Elizabeth Kabler recognized that there were no outpatient treatment programs focused on adolescents and young adults in the city. To address that need, Mrs. Kabler organized a board of trustees and founded New York Center for Living as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, making it the first adolescent and young adult treatment center of its kind in New York City.

Since then, the exceptional staff and rigorous clinical program of New York Center for Living have been changing lives, one family at a time. Thanks to the generosity of Mrs. Kabler, the center exists in perpetuity to serve the families of this great city as long as the need exists.

Founded in 2007

The New York Center for Living was created on the belief that every individual struggling with a substance use disorder, mental health disorder, or alcohol use disorder should have the right to seek effective treatment. Through our foundation, fundraising and donations, we are able to offer clients high-quality care at a fraction of the price of similar treatment centers. As mentioned, we treat each client on a case-by-case basis, and will create a recovery plan tailored to their needs – which includes a price they can afford.

Our Unique Approach

Our unique approach puts the family at the epicenter of the recovery nucleus. We understand that by supporting families, encouraging participation and re-discovering the natural and unbreakable connection between them and their loved one, we are creating a much more secure foundation for sustainable, long-term recovery.

Positive Family Participation

We have found that the most consistent formula for positive family participation throughout the treatment process takes place via our educational workshops. Substance abuse in young adults and adolescents can cause extreme behavioral shifts, and parents may have experienced their children distancing themselves from the rest of the family. At the New York Center for Living, we seek to restore harmony among families and help to better the lines of communication in the family home.

Our Vision

At New York Center for Living (NYCFL) our vision is to shape the future direction of substance abuse and mental health treatment to meet the unique developmental needs of adolescents, young adults and their families.

We understand that younger people are exposed to biological, social and psychological demands that may not be in sync with traditional models of adult “recovery.” At NYCFL our teens and young adults are engaged in a process of ‘self-discovery.’ Cultivating this natural state of growth, we use a family-based model of treatment to offer a wide array of experiential and therapeutic methods that provide the foundational skills for a future of principled and healthy adult living.

NYCFL aims to craft lifestyle choices rooted in principled decision-making that promote the health and well-being of adolescents in partnership with their families, schools and communities.

Our Purpose

The New York Center for Living is dedicated to making a tangible impact on society and its views towards issues of adolescent substance abuse and mental health. Recognizing the stigmatization of substance use and mental health conditions that is faced by young adults and adolescents, as well as their families, the New York Center for Living is committed to ending the stigma through education, treatment, and prevention. All too often, this stigmatization is internalized by those affected by it, and it can serve as a barrier to people seeking the help that they deserve.

Through a series of initiatives including community outreach programs and free education sessions for families, the New York Center for Living invests time into educating the community and serving as a mentor to spearhead discussions on difficult topics. We believe that one of the best ways we can raise awareness is by providing a platform for members of the community to share their stories, opinions, and concerns on the nature of substance abuse and mental health treatment.

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