After helping their son Justin overcome his addiction, Tim and Darlene Endy have made it their mission to help other recovering addicts afford treatment.

Six months ago, Darlene and Tim created Road2RecoveryCNY, a non-profit group that pays for long-term treatment using only donations, that most insurance wouldn’t cover.

“What we do is help fund long-term treatment for people who are struggling with opioid addiction who can not afford it themselves,” said Darlene Endy, President of Road2RecoveryCNY.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 72,000 Americans died from a drug overdose in 2017.

“I struggled with drugs as soon as I started using them,” said Justin Endy, “I started with smoking and drinking, then psychedelics, but everything escalated pretty quickly and in the end being an IV heroin user for three years and then IV cocaine that’s what brought me to my knees the quickest.”

After trying five different treatment options, Justin his parents found a long-term treatment center in Austin, Texas that utilized a 12 Steps program that finally worked.

The Endy’s are now trying to replicate that success by paying for treatment for other recovering addicts. So far Road2RecoveryCNY has helped 11 individuals in total.

Justin added, “my folks are my heroes, you know they helped save my life never gave up on me and the fact that they’re willing to donate time and money to help others.”

To raise money for future candidates Road2RecoveryCNY is hosting an art raffle fundraiser on November 10th from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Spark Contemporary Art Center on East Fayette Street.

More information can be found here.