Mastic Beach, New York
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Women of Grace
This meeting is closed to non-addicts. You should attend only if you believe that you may have a problem with substance abuse. Well-behaved, supervised children 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 topics encountered by women in NA. This meeting is wheelchair accessible.
Grace Lutheran Church of Mastic Beach 240 Mastic Rd, Mastic Beach, NY 11951
Wednesday @ 7PM
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Heroin is hitting home in the suburbs of Long Island. 22-year-old Brian Balzer from Mastic Beach died from a heroin overdose. Every parent’s worst nightmare is to lose a child, but to lose a child to a heroin overdose is especially sad. Brian’s parents Cindy, and Ed Balzer, share their story with others in hopes of preventing this from happening in other families. Their son did not look like what one thinks a heroin addict would look like. I look like you average twenty-something and in good health. Brian had a future and drugs destroyed that future. The pain and grief connected to October 29th, the day 22-year-old Brian died of a heroin overdose, is just as fresh today as it was when it happened. Brian was an all American kid he was an athlete. The misconception that most people have about heroin addicts is that they are dirty junkies in the alley or on a back street. This is not accurate, Its now among the middle. Brian, has become the new face of Heroin
19-year-old Eric Dioro Died of a heroin over dose a year before Brian. Their descent into a life of hell from heroin addiction was virtually identical. Eric’s mother could not accept that her son Eric was a heroin addict. She would look at him after she knew about his problem and thought it wasn’t true. It must be a dream it. This couldn’t be Eric, not her kid.
Both Eric and Brian’s heroin addiction, started like most heroin addicts, with prescription opiates like OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet. They were buying the pills on the street but when law enforcement started cracking down on prescription pain killers. The pills became more expensive and harder to get. By then it was too late, they were addicted. So naturally they turned to heroin because it’s cheap ans easily accessible.
Eric had tried to stop, but found the cravings were much more powerful than him .Eric did not know how to get out of it. He was a good kid with good morals, yet once he became an addict he started stealing and lying to support his habit. He wasn’t the son that Linda once knew.
Its takes a lot of courage to share these tragedies with others, but the message holds weight because it puts a very real picture on the epidemic that is taking our country by storm.
The epidemic that plagues Mastic Beach is just a small reflection of what is happening in our country. In Suffolk County there are resources available if you have a problem with drugs or alcohol. Call us today on our toll-free number to speak to one of our addictions professionals and receive a free confidential pre- assessment and benefits check. Your journey to freedom and a better life can start now.