Read the latest news, success stories, and exciting changes happening at CARS
The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.
“Hello my name is Mike. I was a resident at CARS residential treatment program some time ago. I wanted to take a minute of your time to share my story and my thoughts with you because I know a lot of people are suffering out there.
I am pleased to inform you, as community partners, that Eleni Murdough, MS, CASAC-2, has been named Outpatient Program Director at CARS’ Outpatient Center in Ithaca. Eleni assumed her new role, transitioning from her previous position as Assistant Clinical Supervisor at CARS’ Residential Addiction Recovery Center in Trumansburg, on Tuesday, January 21st. A brief bio from Eleni appears below:
We have made it our goal to say “YES” to your referral as quickly as possible. In order to do this we have made some changes to our referral process.We are now able to receive referrals in the following ways:
Over the past few months, the CARS Recreation Therapy Department has been working on increasing leisure skills and community connections with our clients.
The style of yoga that I teach is called Kundalini Yoga. Though this style of yoga has been practiced for hundreds of years, it was brought to American from India in 1969 by a man named Yogi Bhajan.
A Letter from Nancy Zahler, Coordinator of the Ulysses Christmas Bureau:Dear Bill, on behalf of the volunteers who organize the Ulysses Christmas Bureau to enable neigh- bors to help neighbors, I wanted to extend our appreciation to you and the residents who provided such wonderful help this holiday season.
“Recreation therapy is new to the CARS community this year. While CARS has had recreation for a very long time, therapeutic recreation is fun with a purpose. Clients will learn valuable skills during leisure activities - which include increasing self-esteem, decision making, impulse control, following step-by-step instructions, and maintaining healthy relationships with peers and staff.
Nicole (l) and Crystal share their work from “The Masks” project which is part of CARS’ Art Therapy program. In sharing their thoughts about the impact of art therapy on their recovery, Nicole said, “It made me, me.”