Islip, New York
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The town of Islip in Suffolk County, New York is a typical coastal Long Island suburban community. It can be a bustling tourist hub because of its beaches and its attractive Long Island charm. It is a haven from the fast paced urban chaos of nearby New York City, but, unfortunately, Islip is not a stranger to the problem of illegal drugs and drug abuse.
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ISLIP LIVE AND LET LIVE
Sundays From 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Meeting Type B = Beginners meeting
Tuesdays From 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Meeting Type S = Step meeting
Thursdays From 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Meeting Type O = Open meeting
United Methodist Church of Islip 350 Main St, Islip, NY 11751
THE TRUDGE GROUP
Monday – 5:30 pm – Big Book Study Friday – 5:30 pm – Big Book Study
754 Montauk Hwy, Islip, NY 11795
THERE IS A SOLUTION
Monday – 7:00 pm – Step Study Meeting Friday – 7:00 pm – Big Book Study
754 Montauk Highway Islip NY 11751
This meeting is open to addicts and non-addicts alike. All are welcome. This meeting has a format that changes for each meeting. This meeting is lead by a speaker, then opened for participation by attendees. This meeting is focused on discussion of the Twelve Steps of NA. This meeting has sharing time limited by a timer.
Trinity Lutheran Church 111 Nassau Ave, Islip, NY 11751
Friday @ 7:30PM
A Step In Time
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 invites participation by all attendees. This meeting is focused on discussion of the Twelve Steps of NA. This meeting has sharing time limited by a timer.
Trinity Lutheran Church 111 Nassau Ave, Islip, NY 11751
Tuesday @ 7:30PM
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Islip and the rest of Long Island has not been immune to the national epidemic of opiate addiction presently affecting much of the U.S. Interestingly enough, the widespread emergence of heroin addiction snowballing into historical proportions has its origins with the pharmaceutical industry and the American culture’s affinity for the quick fix solution. In the late 1990s and early 2000s many physicians began over-prescribing opioid painkillers like Percocet, Vicodin and Oxycontin to their patients to treat mild chronic pain conditions instead of advising long term physical therapy. A large percentage of these patients prescribed drugs like Oxycontin became addicted to the opioid medications, which are often referred to as being a synthetic form of heroin. All opiates bind to the same receptors in the brain and produce the same high categorized by feelings of euphoria and relief, whether the specific opioid drug is Oxycontin that comes in a pill bottle or heroin bought on the street. As the typical trend goes, those who became addicted to the prescription opioids eventually switched to heroin, which is cheaper and can be easier to obtain.
Considering the proximity of Islip and the rest of Suffolk County to New York City where heroin is highly available it’s no surprise that the drug has found its way to Islip. In June of 2015 suspected heroin distributer, 28 year old Robert Maldanado and another dealer, 35 year old Winston Rose were accused of transporting over 20,000 bags of heroin from the Bronx to be sold out of Rose’s home in Suffolk County. Several residents in East Islip were also arrested in the same month for drug charges.
The old conception of a heroin addict being a homeless junkie in rags living in a back alley in the inner city is giving way to the reality of middle class suburban addicts who could very well be the clerk at the local grocery store, a neighbor or even a family member. As is widely known, the disease of addiction does not discriminate. It affects sufferers in all walks of life in society.
For the year of 2015 Suffolk County tallied over 100 deaths due to fatal drug overdoses. Recently the Suffolk County Police Department has created an, “overdose taskforce,” to investigate all heroin overdoses and hopefully track the heroin to its current source. The problem with the model of a, “war on drugs,” approach to the drug issue is that once any given drug dealer is put behind bars there are ten more lined up to replace them. These efforts of police forces prove to be futile. As long as there are addicts and a market for heroin to be sold there will always be heroin present. This is why the new emphasis on treatment and rehabilitation is so important. Without addicts to sell drugs to there will be no market for addictive drugs and their prevalence will dwindle.
Drug education in Islip and elsewhere in Suffolk county is essential. Open dialogue about dangerous drugs has to be something that can be discussed with the youth. As the heroin crisis of the 1970s has been culturally swept under the rug and forgotten, young people may not know the true horror story. Drug addiction exists in all demographics. Heroin and other hard drugs like crack cocaine are making their way from the city to the suburbs all over the country, not just in Islip and a real current crisis is at hand everywhere.
If you, yourself or a loved one is trapped in the grips of a drug addiction it’s vital to know that freedom and recovery from the disease of addiction is possible. Help and support is always available as well as valuable advice and information about how to begin the journey of recovery and a path to a better life. Call now to find help getting into drug abuse treatment today!