Many people joke about being alcoholics, but alcohol dependency is a serious problem in the United States. If you think you’re drinking too much, then you probably are. But is there a test for alcoholism? How do you know exactly when you’ve crossed the bridge from casual drinking to alcoholism? Chronic alcohol abuse is responsible for over 88,000 preventable deaths per year, according to the CDC. Many at-risk drinkers can avoid the consequences of alcoholism with the help of a treatment program.
Last year 500 families had to bury their loved ones as a result of opioid-related overdoses. Health officials fear that number will continue to go up. Long Island is battling a vicious opioid addiction epidemic and things are not looking good. State-funded rehab facilities are short on beds and addicts are dying every day.
Law enforcement, health officials, and local politicians hope to put a dent in the opioid addiction crisis across Long Island in 2018. Authorities in Suffolk and Nassau counties are being aggressive in the fight against drug dealers that sling poison (heroin, fentanyl, and prescription pain pills) to children in our communities. The justice system in Long Island has taken a significant step in addressing the opioid addiction by punishing dealers who sell drugs that lead to fatal overdoses.
It can start from taking an extra pill here and there. Often this escalates until you’re out of pills and turn to the street for your drugs. This has become an all too familiar story across Queens and throughout the New York area. Families are torn apart by the rise in fatal overdoses and state-funded drug treatment centers in Queens NY are overflowing with patients. Many addicts and their families are searching for treatment solutions that truly work. That’s why we’ve created Long Island Interventions – to offer an addiction resource center for the Greater New York area that is able to assist every person that’s ready to make a lasting and positive change.
It’s become difficult for Staten Island to keep up with the drug addiction epidemic sweeping the nation. Just in the last year, the rate of overdose deaths was the highest among Staten Island residents when compared to all other boroughs. The NYC Health Department has released statistics that show 31.8 per 100,000 people suffering an overdose death involving illicit substances, which is a 66 percent increase from 2015.
There are many different drug rehab centers for those struggling with substance abuse. At Long Island Interventions, we guide residents of Long Island, Queens, and Staten Island to drug rehab that accepts NYSHIP insurance. As an Empire Plan drug rehab locator, we can provide quality addiction care for everyone covered under this health insurance plan.
We know that it’s not easy getting your loved one into drug rehab, especially if the person is in denial about his/her addiction. That’s often the case. Often addicts and alcoholics are oblivious to the destructive behavior that happens every day because of their actions. When you’re on the outside looking in, we often experience our own pain and suffering.
Do you have a mother or father that drinks excessively? Has this created tension and turbulence in your relationship? Many children are affected by their parents’ alcoholism, especially at an early age. As we grow up, we realize that blaming our parents for their actions while under the influence is not always the answer. The number one mistake an alcoholic makes is believing that his/her actions don’t affect anyone else. As children of alcoholics, we know that this is furthest from the truth.
The end of the year brings about many holiday celebrations and for some addicts it can be difficult to remain sober. With family gatherings, festivities, and presents, this should be a joyous and happy time. However, many addicts and alcoholics in recovery experience phases of relapse around this time. Let’s break down how to avoid relapse during the holidays so that you and your loved ones have a positive holiday experience. Maintaining your recovery through the holidays is a challenge for many people, but it doesnt’ have to be!