When the Brien Center suspended its addiction day treatment program this year, its leaders pledged to "shift gears" and create new programs.

The Berkshire Eagle reports now, they have followed through, launching an "Early Recovery Group" that meets three days a week.

The group is open to any Brien Center client and aimed not only at those new to recovery but to those who have an interest in getting sober.

And unlike the day treatment program that was suspended due to low enrollment, attendance in the new group is not mandatory.

But people who are presently high or intoxicated may not participate.

The Brien Center will bill insurances for the treatment, and it also works with the Department of Public Health so that "payment should not be a barrier."