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Horizons fall 2006
Hak Ko, MD
Residents of Horizon Village now have another opportunity to help turn their
lives around while staying at the Village: a GED program available through
Niagara/Orleans BOCES Continuing Education.
“The GED program, which is funded by Niagara County Social Services, is designed to help
our residents become less dependent on social services and re-enter society as productive
citizens, which is a win-win for everyone,” says Patrick Mackenna, vocational counselor at
Avenue. There were very few people in the
waiting room, regardless of the time of day.
Thorazine, Haldol and Elavil were the most-
According to Wikipedia, more
than 15 million people have
received a GED credential since
for individuals with manic depression.
the program began. One in every
seven Americans with high school
credentials received the GED, as
at a breathtaking pace, including various
well as one in 20 college students.
take the test. Classes are held at Horizon
tropic drugs. Prozac revolutionized treat-
Village and taught by BOCES instructor, Edward Ahrens, who says, “I have been very impressed
by the level of support from the staff. They do whatever they can to assist residents in the
SSRIs and many different classes of anti-
program, and take great pride in seeing each one succeed.”
Jason, a resident in his late 20s, was never motivated to get his diploma, despite encouragement
from his family. He thought it was too late.
with various atypical anti-psychotics.
“I was always good at math, and I want to be
an electrician,” says Jason, who recently
diploma. “Now my goal is to go to college
showing its impact in key statistics. The
at night and eventually start a business
program, always felt guilty that she didn’t
accomplish something positive. “I want to go
into cosmetology or computer programming,”
says Michelle. “And now I’m grateful I have
Ed Ahrens (standing) helps (left to right)
Horizon. I was 39 when I started, but will
Eric McEntire, Maxine Wiley, Carmella Rivera
“At Horizon Village, it’s always about hope
and Tyra Lee study for their GED exams.
years old when I started, will soon start
“The GED program is one more way we can help our residents grow and strengthen so
his first job after graduating from college.
they can make positive changes in their lives.”
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The clinic will be staffed by Rachel Anauo,
its newest clinic in early September.
counselors and a secretary. Anauo has been
Located on Ellicott Street in Batavia, the
“I am very excited about the opportunity
to lead this new program,” says Anauo.
(OASAS) to provide outpatient services for
“I look forward to working closely with the
individuals and families, as well as voca-
Batavia Drug Courts and the community.
tional services, Monday through Friday.
I’ve heard from so many people that there’s
a real need for what we offer, and I’m glad
OASAS indicated there is a great need for
Horizon will be there to give the residents
chemical dependency services in these two
another option for treatment services.”
Horizon for 12 years so I was thrilled to
counties,” says Maria Pasceri, Horizon vice
continue to contribute to this agency.”
Village Recovery Center in Batavia, contact
of the clinical process and participating
consumers. “It’s not about prestige or money
at Horizon, it’s about helping people, and
I find that very gratifying,” says Vicky.
bring families together and greatly assists
in recovery. Vicky says she finds it very
that person possesses, to help him or her
changes to turn their lives around and to
Between 150 and
know that she helped them along the way.
200 million people
toward recovery and to achieve their goals,”
says Vicky. “I do that by encouraging their
worldwide are infected
nearly four years, received her Associate’s
strengths and building on their weaknesses.
with Hepatitis C;
IV drug users and
inhaled drug users are
Vicky said she really loves the fact that
Buffalo State College. She lives in Buffalo
particularly at risk.
that, by the time she got to Horizon, she
was truly ready to conquer her addiction,
Valente, has been just wonderful,” says
with friends. At 18, she began frequenting
bars and getting into “the hard stuff.”
“Vodka was definitely my drink of choice,”
began working, but the drinking continued.
experience and expertise to Horizon.
she wanted to go back to school to become
didn’t work. An outpatient stint after
strategies; developing “wow” benefits
says Marcia. “She’s really done well.”
Sandy graduated from Horizon’s addiction
“I tried to stop drinking, especially when
back with the stipulation that she remain
my godchild was born,” says Sandy. “But
I couldn’t do it. I didn’t want to do it.”
program. She has been sober since 2004.
problems. She lost her job. She attempted
suicide. Friends brought her to the hospital,
lives,” says Arnet. “I wanted to live life
to Horizon and, as Sandy says, “life got a
“The best gift you can give yourself is
recovery,” says Sandy. “Because there is
on the right track, but she also realizes
valuable and critical information regarding
these topics and the services we provide
as well as links to the websites of other
Visit our website often at www.horizon-health.org.
Horizon CEO Anne Constantino (center) received a Lifetime
Achievement Award from the Buffalo Drug Treatment Courts
Alumni Association for her commitment to the treatment of
addiction. Anne is shown here with (left) Hank Pirowski, Project
Director, Buffalo City Court, and the Hon. Robert T. Russell,
Presiding Buffalo Drug and Mental Health Court Judge. Horizon
senior substance and alcohol abuse counselor Vicky Wideman
(see profile in this issue) also received the award for
Outstanding Counselor. The awards were presented in May
at the organization’s annual conference in Buffalo, NY.
Horizon announces officer appointments.
Office, was elected to his first term as
Horizon Health Services Board
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President & CEO . . . . . .Anne Constantino
Horizon Village Board
Medical Director . . . . . . . . . .Hak Ko, M.D.
listing of all board members, please visit
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