Rockville Centre | Long Island Addiction Resources

Rockville Centre, New York

When thinking of the America’s War on Drug’s it is easy to imagine exotic locations such as Middle Eastern opium fields, South American cartels cooking drugs in the jungle, or gang violence in distance city. One may not think this several billion dollar conflict has touched small town America. The truth is the drug problem has reached epidemic levels and the East Coast and the surrounding suburbs have become the new battleground for addiction in America. With major cities comes major activity within their harbors, legally and illegally. Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York all are hotspots for the import of illegal drugs.

It is estimated that half a million Americans are addicted to heroin alone. The targets of these underground operations are suburban youth with means to acquire money. However, it is not always the thrill seeking youth that succumbs to the horrors of addiction. Many addicts begin in as innocent a place as the doctor’s office. They seek treatment for chronic pain or experience an injury which requires a prescribed pain medication. Whether the medication becomes to expensive or they are not properly weaned off, a health care provider or the health care system itself somehow fails them. Usually they have no other options but too resort to the open air drug markets. These markets are locations where any buyer can easily purchase illegal drugs. The drugs, being cheaper and more readily available then prescription medication, become the patient’s primary source of medicine. A patient seeking help that quickly, becomes the addict on the street looking to score.

However, not all addicts turn to the street to buy their product. Of those who capitalize on the addiction epidemic sweeping the United States, Medical Doctors are not to be excluded. Just a 45 minute trip on the Southern State Parkway from Rockville Centre to Long Island is all one would have had to travel to reach Noel Blackman, and 68 year old doctor who was arrested in February of 2016 for conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone, a powerful painkiller in the same opioid family as heroin and morphine. After members of the community reported seeing people waiting outside his practice at strange hours of the night, an investigation began on exactly what was the cause. Noel Blackman had disturbed 365,000 oxycodone pills in 2015 alone. Cases like this illustrate many routes an addict can go through to obtain their drug of choice.

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With the drug problem becoming more and more severe, one method of combating overdoses is through the drug Narcan. This anti-opiate drug quickly reverses the effects drugs like heroin and OxyContin and brings the addict back into consciousness. The Board of Education on Long Island has quickly green lighted a policy which would make Narcan available in administration buildings and especially public schools. All nurses and some teachers have or are being trained to administer Narcan.

Drugs are not the exclusive cause of addiction. Alcohol seems to float under the radar more than hard drugs because of its legal status to those of age, its availability, and effective marketing on television and billboards. But in the United States, every day, 30 people will die from an automobile accident due to alcohol. That’s one person about every 50 seconds. The yearly cost of these occurrences is almost 60 billion dollars. In Rockville Centre in a five day stretch from late January into early February of 2016 the Nassau Police arrested 12 people at one time for driving while intoxicated. In the State of New York, the first DWI can mean a fine up to $1000, a maximum jail sentence of 1 year and/or 6 months of a suspended driving license.

It doesn’t matter the drug or drink, addiction is a depilating disease that affects not only the addict but the loved ones, friends, and the community. The days are over when one can accurately imagine a War on Drugs occurring in a faraway place. The front lines of this War are now in small town America. Those affected are no longer heard from by being read out of a paper but are friends, family members or perhaps even yourself. Now more than ever are there ample supplies of resources available to help yourself or your loved one. Contact us immediately for a free advisory session to find the best drug treatment option for you as quickly as possible.

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ROCKVILLE CENTRE WE CAN DO IT

Tuesdays From 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Meeting Type C = Closed Discussion meeting

Step 1st & Open Anniv. Last Tuesday

Address:
Shiloh Baptist Church 96 N Centre Ave, Rockville Centre, NY 11570

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ROCKVILLE CENTRE SENIORS FOR SOBRIETY

Mondays From 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Meeting Type OD = Open Discussion meeting

Focus is on Seniors in sobriety. All are welcome.

Address:
Mercy Medical Center 1000 N Village Ave, Rockville Centre, NY 11571

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ROCKVILLE CENTRE MEETING

Mondays From 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Meeting Type B = Beginners meeting

Thursdays From 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Meeting Type S = Step meeting

Anniv. Last Monday & T Last Thursday

Address:
United Church of Rockville Centre 430 Morris Ave, Rockville Centre, NY 11570

Narcotics Anonymous

Rainbows to Recovery

This meeting is closed to non-addicts. You should attend only if you believe that you may have a problem with substance abuse. This meeting is focused on the needs of gay, lesbian and transgender members of NA. This meeting is focused on discussion of one or more Informational Pamphlets. This meeting has a format that changes for each meeting. This meeting has sharing time limited by a timer. Approved N.A. Books.

Address:
Rockville Center Medical Building 30 Hempstead Ave. Rockville Centre, NY 11570

Narcotics Anonymous

Living the Steps

This meeting is open to addicts and non-addicts alike. All are welcome. This meeting is focused on discussion of the Twelve Steps of NA.

Address:
St. Agnes Cathedral 29 Quealy Pl, Rockville Centre, NY 11570

Time:

Friday @ 7:15PM

Narcotics Anonymous

No Place Like Home

This meeting is closed to non-addicts. You should attend only if you believe that you may have a problem with substance abuse. This meeting has a format that consists of each person who shares picking the next person. This meeting is focused on discussion of the Step Working Guide text. Approved N.A. Books

Address:
Rockville Center Medical Building 30 Hempstead Ave. Rockville Centre, NY 11570

Time:

Thursday @ 7:15PM

Narcotics Anonymous

Early Show in the Rock

This meeting is closed to non-addicts. This meeting invites participation by all attendees. This meeting has a format that changes for each meeting.

Address:
Holy Trinity Church 240 Lincoln Ave. Rockville Centre, NY

Time:

Monday @ 7PM

Narcotics Anonymous

Sunday Just for Today

This meeting is closed to non-addicts. You should attend only if you believe that you may have a problem with substance abuse. This meeting is focused on discussion of the Basic Text of Narcotics Anonymous. This meeting has sharing time limited by a timer. This Meeting can be attended by speakers of English and another language.

Address:
Rockville Centre Med 30 Hempstead Ave. Rockville Centre, NY 11570

Time: 

Sunday @ 10:30AM