On Friday May 29th, Spectrum Health Systems played host to more than one hundred friends, family, colleagues and alumni, along with state and local officials for the Grand Opening of the newly constructed Charles J. Faris Recovery Center.  The 100-bed, 40,000 square foot facility set atop a hill overlooking Spectrum’s Treatment Campus in Westborough, Massachusetts will replace Spectrum’s existing 80-bed residential program where President and CEO Chuck Faris began his career with Spectrum as a counselor in 1971.

Designed by DiMella Schaffer of Boston, MA and built by Cutler Associates of Worcester, MA, the Faris Recovery Center is a state-of-the-art facility intended to provide the highest quality of addiction treatment in a dignified environment that supports recovery. Guests who toured the building were able to explore the spacious group meeting spaces, media center, fitness area and professional kitchen and dining areas.  The living spaces were also open to guests who were eager to see the dorm-like bedrooms, individual bathroom/shower facilities and kitchenettes.  The day was capped with a reception which included a lunch catered by Peppers Fine Catering of Northborough.

The crowd gathered outside the facility to hear State Senator Jennifer Flanagan, chair of the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and newly elected State Representative Hannah Kane discuss the importance of facilities like the Faris Recovery Center in combating the state’s opioid epidemic.  Alumni were invited to speak about their positive experiences in receiving residential treatment at Spectrum.  Led by Spectrum Board Chair David Grenier, the dedication ceremony paid tribute to Mr. Faris’s 44 years with Spectrum, and the impact he’s had on the addiction treatment industry in that time.  “Chuck has been an inspiration to many of us, colleagues and clients alike,” said Mr. Grenier. “Having Chuck’s name adorn this building is a testament to his commitment to those seeking recovery from the disease of addiction.” 

In addition to the Charles J. Faris Recovery Center, Spectrum’s Westborough Treatment Campus includes Acute Detoxification Services, Transitional Support Services and Young Adult Residential Treatment, as well as the New England Recovery Center™ which is scheduled to open June 9th, 2015.

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