SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Local leaders joined officials from ACR Health in Syracuse to introduce a new program.
ACR is traditionally known for its work to educate and serve those with HIV/AIDS, but the organization also works with people who suffer from other chronic diseases.
One of the organization's new programs aims to bring people with substance abuse and mental health problems together. Leaders hope to use a group setting to allow the patients to learn from each other.
The program will focus specifically on nutrition to help control the disease they are suffering from.
"I just simply did it because I don't want to be on medicine, any more medicine than I have to be. If I have the oppurtinity to change a little something in myself so I don't have to be on another pill, please give me that opportunity to change," said Brian Cowden, who is living with HIV.
Cowden has been living with HIV for more than 30 years. He said prior to making nutritional changes, he suffered from night sweats, migraines and other ailments.