Center Reach, New York
Seeking recovery from drugs or alcohol can be the most important decision in a person’s life. While stuck inside the endless days of abuse there can feel like no way out. Today more than ever before there are resources and individuals dedicated to helping break the cycle of addiction. If you or someone you love is stuck in addiction please call our helpline. We can help pair you with the best course of treatment possible.
There are two types of facilities to consider when seeking medical and psychological treatment for drug addiction. The first is detoxification, or detox. This is a short term medically supervised facility. Its aim is to safely return normal bodily functions that have been stunted during drug use. This usually lasts from three day to several weeks depending on the chemicals involved and the length of time used. Detox is usually followed by rehabilitation, or rehab. This is a longer process that addresses the social and psychological effects of addiction and how best to continue without it. These facilities can run anywhere from several weeks up to a year or more. Most facilities of whichever type accept insurance for full or partial payment. Call today for a free assessment of your benefits and options. Help can start today.
A trend of epidemic proportions has been sweeping through Long Island. The amount of overdoses leading to fatalities in Suffolk County has almost tripled in the last three years. This statistic is affecting the young at a disproportionate rate, with about half of all hospital visits for overdoses falling in the 20-29 age range. The amount of children who have admittedly used or abuse illegal drugs between the ages of thirteen and eighteen has also nearly tripled. The largest single substance used in this category is prescription painkillers. These powerful medications are coming from a long list of sources.
A doctor from South Setauket with an office in Centereach has been arrested for prescribing prescriptions for patients that authorities say didn’t need them. He is another in an ongoing effort to root out doctors who essentially sell their medical services to those seeking prescription opiates. Prosecutors say the 47 year old doctor, who runs Middle Country Family Medical, wrote hundreds of prescriptions for oxycodone, oxymorphone, methadone, and carisprodol to patients for no legitimate medical purpose. Randall faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine if convicted.
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Middle Country Library
101 Eastwood Blvd.
Centereach, NY 11720
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Our Savior Lutheran Church
140 Mark Tree Road
Centereach, NY 11720
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More than 80% of people who have used heroin started with prescription opiates such as these. Heroin has recently overshadowed painkillers as the largest cause of overdose in Suffolk County. This trend has not gone unnoticed by local authorities.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo committed state money to get naloxone into the hands of emergency medical workers across New York, saying the heroin epidemic in the state was worse than that seen in the 1970s, and the problem is growing. This initiative came just in time for one local woman. Matthew Siesto, a Suffolk County police officer, responded to a call for an unconscious woman in the driver seat of a pickup in a Centereach Walmart. The officer found needles visible on the dashboard, the woman was breathing erratically, and her pupils had shrank to pinpoints. Officer Siesto recognized the situation immediately and retrieved his squad cars small naloxone kit, a medication he had only recently been trained to use. He administered the medication and “Within one minute she came back.” he said. What was once used solely in hospitals and emergency rooms is now needed in many situations around this city.
These extreme cases are becoming more commonplace in suburban communities like Centereach. Overdoses, possession arrests, and large drug busts are appearing in ever growing numbers all over Long Island. If you are struggling through the pain and self-loathing of drug addiction today can be the last day you suffer. One phone call can start you or someone you care about on the path to freedom. There are so many who know what it is like to live in addiction and have found a way out. This can seem like a daunting or impossible task, but you can return to a happy and active life.