Our nation is in the midst of an addiction crisis. Yet, this has created a unique opportunity for us to serve our community as Jesus would.


Prayer, encouragement, small groups, seminars, recovery life-coaching, and support are offered and linked to treatment provided by healthcare professionals.

Our Mission


Our mission is to help those struggling with addiction or life-controlling problems find compassion, hope, healing, and lifelong recovery, through a collaborative effort that includes a Biblical, Faith-Based Approach.

Our Vision


Our vision is to educate, equip, and engage those willing to work together, to help people and families heal from addiction and life-controlling problems.

A National Emergency


By Darren Caparaso, M.D., Co-Director of Embrace Recovery Buffalo

STUNNING FACT: For the first time in our nation’s history, Fentanyl overdoses have surged to become the #1 cause of death for ages 18-45!

Drug overdose deaths have reached a staggering all-time record high during a 12 month period from May 2020 to April 2021, with over 100,000 people dying of drug overdoses in the United States.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Thankfully, there are life-saving evidence-based treatments that can be implemented to successfully manage conditions such as opioid use disorder and alcohol use disorder.

The last two years have taught us many life lessons and has made us all painfully aware of the ongoing mental health crisis exacerbated by the pandemic. The pandemic continued to fuel our addiction and drug overdose epidemic.

We at ERB strongly believe it is vitally important to have clinical and community care (medicine and ministry) working TOGETHER.

ERB continues to EDUCATE, EQUIP, AND ENGAGE healthcare providers, patients, families and our communities to shed light on this stigma and ignorance which shrouds addiction. Our team is committed to fulfilling our mission to help people get the help they deserve. Addiction care is just as important as any other type of medical care.

Pandemic Collides With Epidemic


The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous effect on our families, communities, and healthcare system.  Those on the frontlines as healthcare workers have especially felt the brunt of it on a daily basis.

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The consequences of this pandemic have had a particularly devastating impact on those suffering from substance and alcohol use disorder.

The intense isolation has exacerbated uncertainty, stress, anxiety, and depression leading to a dramatic increase in drug/alcohol usage and unfortunate relapses for those who were doing well.  These challenges emerge as the public health crisis of addiction collides with the pandemic.

In December 2020, an official Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Alert Network Advisory to medical and public health professionals announced that drug overdose deaths have SOARED TO THE HIGHEST NUMBER EVER recorded in a 12 month period. 

Approximately 81,230 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States in the 12 months ending May 2020, with the largest spike after the COVID-19 public health emergency started from March 2020 to May 2020.

According to a new report from the CDC, approximately 88,000 people died from a drug overdose between August 2019 and August 2020. Erie Country has reported 209 confirmed overdose deaths with 38 pending in 2020 and hundreds of non-fatal overdoses.

Meet Our Co-Directors


Embrace Recovery Buffalo's lead organizers

Darren Caparaso, M.D.

Buffalo Medical Group Family Medicine and Addiction Care

Monica Farrar

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC, CASAC-2, CRC, Life/Recovery Coach

"So if the Son sets you free, you shall be free indeed." -John 8:36

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