The Knox Recovery Center has closed, though people seeking services once available at the center can still call in for help.

The center opened in August at 16 School St. in downtown Rockland on the initiative of the Knox County Recovery Coalition to offer access to recovery resources and community support for addiction sufferers. The coalition had planned to staff the center with recovery coaches, who develop relationships with clients in recovery and help them through the process with advice and support.

Erin Hustus, a recovery coach who worked at the center, said the building did not meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards, which made the center ineligible for grant funding. The center closed its doors Nov. 9.

Volunteers who had staffed the center, which shared space with the Dancing Elephant Yoga Studio, are currently looking for a new location.

“We really don’t know what the center will look like. It may be a traveling center,” Hustus said, adding that a traveling team of volunteers could work well, given the transportation difficulties for many of those seeking addiction recovery services.

Wherever the center decides to relocate, Hustus said, it likely will not find a permanent new home until after more recovery coaches are trained in January. “We don’t want to have to move again,” she said.

Those who want to sign up with a recovery coach or seek more information on ways to escape addiction can still call 558-3525 and receive the same services that had been offered at the recovery center.

Reporter Dan Otis Smith can be reached at 594-4401 x123 or by email at