Tag Archives: Addiction

gI_83884_Los-Angeles-CA-Drug-Detox

Honolulu HI Drug Detox Center Announces No Charge Drug & Alcohol Detoxification Addiction Help


HONOLULU, HI (PRWEB) October 09, 2013

Medical Drug Detox Center is announcing that immediate, free drug and alcohol detoxification consultations are now available in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Living in Honolulu offers paradise under the swaying palm trees and beautiful beaches, Yet it also can be a trap, for some, who find themselves craving for drugs such as barbiturates, heroin, Darvon and prescription drugs. Some people begin to believe that this is a great way to live. Then a realization hits them that drug detox could offer a better chance at longer life.

Detoxing from drugs and alcohol alone is tough. Support in Honolulu is available for those seeking a simpler way of life. Places like Ku Aloha Ola Mau and The Watershed among those in Honolulu that offer drug detox options.

Honolulu is the county seat of the City and County of Honolulu. It is the state capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Hawaii. Situated on the island of Oahu, it is known worldwide as a major tourist destination; Honolulu is the main gateway to Hawaii and a major gateway into the United States. It is also a major hub for international business, military defense, as well as famously being host to a diverse variety of east-west and Pacific culture, cuisine, and traditions.

In Honolulu, marijuana, opiates, oxycontin and benzodiazepine addiction turns well-functioning individuals into different people over a period of time. Seeking help in Honolulu to recover from alcoholism is definitely encouraged.

Drug addicts, especially ones using Suboxone, and alcoholics deep in their addiction will seek a “fix” at any price.

Prescription drugs, when taken under medical supervision, help the detox process. Some include Ativan, Librium, Methadone, and Naltrexone. Getting help to detox from drugs and alcohol is available in Honolulu.

For more information on Medical Drug Detox Center, visit http://drugdetox.org or call (888) 444-9148.







gI_83889_New-York-NY-Drug-Detox1

Seattle Treatment Center for Alcohol & Drug Addiction Announced


Seattle, WA (PRWEB) February 01, 2014

A Seattle treatment center is announcing that it is opening doors for adults and adolescents dealing with alcohol and drug addiction through Drug Addiction Treatment Centers.

Statistics from a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report reveal that “in 2012, there were 156,000 persons aged 12 or older who had used heroin for the first time within the past 12 months. This estimated number in 2012 was similar to the numbers in 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2007 to 2011 (ranging from 106,000 to 187,000), but was higher than the numbers in 2003 and 2006 (92,000 and 90,000, respectively). The 2012 average age at first use among recent heroin initiates aged 12 to 49 was 23.0 years, which was similar to the 2011 estimate (22.1 years).”

Among the drugs that the Seattle Treatment Center can help adults and adolescents become free of include Darvon, Demerol, Darvocet, Dilaudid, Fentanyl, and Klonopin. Alcohol addiction also is addressed, too, as many people will use alcohol as a co-addictive drug. The goal is to help all clients leave with a structure in place for life. People come into these types of centers looking for a new life, and counselors on staff are ready to help.

Entering the Seattle Treatment Center gives clients a new chance to become responsible members of society. They come to find themselves and discover new levels of self-esteem.

Detoxification helps cleanse the body of mind-altering substances. This is overseen by a well-trained medical staff, making sure clients are supported through these initial days free from their drug of choice.

Counseling helps get through life without drugs and alcohol. Adults and adolescents will understand that this is a process, one that is not over in a matter of days. Once people leave the Seattle Treatment Center, outpatient care and support is strongly suggested by counselors. Transitioning back into the “real world” takes time, too, and outpatient treatment allows clients an opportunity to share their victories and struggles with like-minded people.

For more information on the Seattle Treatment Center, visit http://drugsdetox.org or call (888) 444-9148.







gI_83889_New-York-NY-Drug-Detox

Cleveland OH Drug Detox Center Announces No Charge Drug & Alcohol Detoxification Addiction Help


Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) October 10, 2013

Medical Drug Detox Center is announcing that immediate, free drug and alcohol detoxification consultations are now available in Cleveland, Ohio.

Citizens of Cleveland understand that getting involved with drugs like barbiturates, Darvon, heroin and prescription drugs are not a healthy way to live. Drug detox offers a better solution.

Detoxing from drugs and alcohol alone is tough. Support is available for those seeking a simpler way of life.

Cleveland is the county seat of Cuyahoga County, the most populous county in Ohio. The city is located in northeastern Ohio on the southern shore of Lake Erie, approximately 60 miles west of the Pennsylvania border. It was founded in 1796 near the mouth of the Cuyahoga River, and became a manufacturing center owing to its location on the lake shore, as well as being connected to numerous canals and railroad lines. Cleveland’s economy has diversified sectors that include manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, and biomedical. Cleveland is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Marijuana, opiates, and benzodiazepine addiction turns functioning individuals into almost zombie-like humans. Seeking help when recovering from alcoholism is not a sign of weakness but strength.

Drug addicts, especially ones using Suboxone, and alcoholics in Cleveland deep into their addiction will get their substance fix, and no one can really stop them. They medicate themselves so that life’s issues become secondary and unimportant.

Prescription drugs, when taken under medical supervision, help the drug detox process. Some include Ativan, Librium, Methadone, and Naltrexone. Getting help to detox from drugs and alcohol is available in Cleveland right now.

For more information on Medical Drug Detox Center, visit http://drugdetox.org or call (888) 444-9148.







gI_45814_Health-1113

Avoiding Addiction When Powerful Opioid Painkillers Are Needed, From the November 2013 Harvard Health Letter


Boston, MA (PRWEB) November 12, 2013

Sometimes the best way to ease pain is with the type of prescription painkiller known as an opioid. Despite their “addictive” reputation in the media, the majority of people use opioids safely and without addition, reports the November 2013 Harvard Health Letter.

Opioids are a class of painkillers with high addictive potential. They include oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), hydromorphone (Dilaudid), and meperidine (Demerol). Opioids are typically used for the short term, such as for treating severe pain following surgery. They are also sometimes used long-term for relieving pain related to cancer or a terminal illness.

For minor surgical pain or injuries, it’s best to limit the use of an opioid to no more than seven days. Using one for more than 30 days leads to dependence. That means a person begins to suffer withdrawal symptoms if he or she abruptly stops taking the medication. With long-term use, some individuals need more of these drugs to achieve the same effect. Keep in mind that dependence is not the same as addiction, which is characterized by compulsive use and preoccupation with the drug that interferes with normal life.

For long-term use, take opioids by the clock as prescribed, advises Dr. Karsten Kueppenbender, an addiction psychiatrist at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital. Trying to reduce addiction risk by cutting back on the medication and waiting until the pain gets really bad isn’t a good strategy, and can actually backfire. The memory of how bad the pain got, and the sense of relief from the opioid, could actually increase the risk of becoming addicted.

The key to avoiding addiction is the assistance of a medical team that’s easily accessible, along with regular checkups to reassess the need for—and use of—the drug.

Read the full-length article: “Caution: These are the most addictive pain meds”.

Also in the November 2013 issue of the Harvard Health Letter:

    Steps for coping with mild cognitive impairment
    The best fruits and veggies for fall
    An anti-falling checklist to take stock of trip hazards in the home

The Harvard Health Letter is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $ 16 per year. Subscribe at http://www.health.harvard.edu/health or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).







gI_58883_WrittenOff_MASTER_BRIGHTER3_SM

An Addict Tells the Truth in New Documentary Combatting the Stigma of Addiction


Falls Church, VA (PRWEB) December 19, 2014

The documentary “WRITTEN OFF: The Short, Sad, Beautiful Life of Matt Edwards,” currently in production, will challenge the stigma of addiction. The story of Matt Edwards, a Wisconsin opiate addict who chronicled his life in highly personal journals, is a rare journey inside the opiate crisis. Like many, Matt’s first high came from legitimately prescribed painkillers, but a ten-year struggle with addiction led him to IV drug use and, eventually, a heroin overdose at age 25 in 2010.

His life was a web of secrets and lies, but he told the truth on paper and his loved ones are using his own words to put the pieces back together. His mother Jane, his best friend Rose and his girlfriend Paula, who has returned to the US from Poland for the first time since before Matt’s death, are separating the truth from the lies and the drugs from the man. What they discover are issues at the complex heart of addiction and reveals what it is like to experience it from the inside.

Matt’s mother lost a son, but then had to endure the shame. Addiction is seen as a personality flaw, rather than the disease it is. After his death, she began publishing his journals on her blog, http://www.mydeadsonsjournals.com, to fight that stigma.

Falls Church, VA based production company The Biscuit Factory (http://www.biscuitfactory.tv) began production on the film in August of 2014 and is currently running a crowd funding campaign to complete it. (http://kck.st/1uCqqVn)

Opiate Crisis in the US

In the United States, prescriptions for opioids (synthetic opiates) have nearly tripled in the last 25 years and overdose deaths have quadrupled. The U.S. consumes nearly 100% of the world’s hydrocodone (Vicodin) and 81% of oxycodone (Percocet). Everyday 2,500 young people in America abuse prescription pain relievers for the first time. Deaths from opioids/opiates exceed those from all other drugs combined.

Opiate addiction is fueled by legitimate prescriptions for addictive pain medications, but addicts routinely turn to heroin as a cheaper, easier to get substitute. Most long-term users have no choice – they need the fix to avoid the wrenching symptoms of withdrawal. They need it to function. Rehab is an option for some but opiates rewire your brain – going off them brings on depression and relapse is common.

Quick Facts:

100 People die from drug overdoses every day in the United States.
Drug Overdose Rates have more than tripled since 1990.
In 2010, 2 million people reported using prescription painkillers nonmedically for the first time within the last year – nearly 5,500 a day.
Death from drug overdose is the leading cause of injury death in the United States.

Story

Matt Edwards was an unlikely drug addict. He grew up in the Northwoods of Wisconsin in a rural town so small that it didn’t have a single store. He came from a close family that valued education. Like many, his first taste of opioids was prescribed by a doctor for a botched toe surgery. He later told his mother that they made him feel “touched by God.”

Matt knew he was wasting his life. Over the next decade, his life was organized around the lone goal of getting his fix – more often to avoid withdrawal than to get “high” in a recreational sense. He lied constantly and was good at it – smart, creative, persuasive – those lies fed his addiction as much as the actual drugs. In two spiral bound journals, he wrote of his hopes and failures, his constant attempts to quit and chronicled his daily drug use – like the Bridget Jones of addicts.

Addicts’ own behavior makes them difficult to love. Matt convinced a doctor to give him a colostomy just to get pain pills, he convinced his girlfriend he had terminal cancer and plotted to rob a pharmacy. He was unpredictable, destructive and impossible to trust. But he was also aware of his crimes and failings and desperate to change. This film will shift the way people think about addiction.

About The Biscuit Factory

The Biscuit Factory is an award-winning television production company producing factual content for National Geographic, The Discovery Channel and Smithsonian Networks. Recent broadcast documentary credits include, Civil War 360, starring Ashley Judd, Trace Adkins and Dennis Haysbert, A Star Spangled Story, Winged Seduction: Birds of Paradise, and 911:Stories in Fragments. Founded by Molly Hermann and Rob Lyall, filmmakers with more than 20 years of experience.

Contact Information:

Molly Hermann (Producer/Director) – molly(at)thebiscuit(dot)tv – (703) 532-5066 Rob Lyall (Producer/DP) – rob(at)thebiscuit(dot)tv – (703) 532-5066

Photos and Press Kit Available Upon Request

For quotes from Molly Hermann, the film’s director please see recent blog in The Huffington Post: http://huff.to/1zBeB7u







New study details how cocaine really works in the brain, offers possibility of drug to treat addiction

Boulder, CO (PRWEB) February 03, 2015

A research team led by the University of Colorado Boulder has discovered a mechanism in the brain that is key to making cocaine seem pleasurable, a finding that could lead to a drug treatment for fighting addiction.

The findings build on past research also involving CU-Boulder that found the same mechanism in the brain also interacts with heroin, oxycodone, morphine and other opioid drugs to amplify their addictiveness. The latest study suggests that the mechanism plays a key role in the addictiveness of many abused drugs, possibly including methamphetamine and alcohol.

The study, which also involved scientists at the University of Adelaide in Australia and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is being published today in the Nature journal Molecular Psychiatry.

Cocaine works by increasing the amount of dopamine, a chemical associated with feelings of pleasure, in the brain. Dopamine is part of the brain’s reward pathway, and it’s released to encourage animals to repeat behaviors, typically those that are key for survival such as eating and reproduction.

Researchers have known that cocaine blocks the brain’s ability to reabsorb dopamine, increasing its excitatory effects on neurons of the drug reward pathway.

In the new study, the research team shows that cocaine’s impact on neurons does not fully explain the drug’s dramatic effects on reward. In laboratory studies involving rats and mice, the scientists demonstrated that a second mechanism in the brain potently contributes to the abuse potential of cocaine.

The second mechanism centers on glial cells, the key component of the brain’s immune system. Cocaine binds to glial cells at a location called Toll Like Receptor 4 (TLR4). The glial cells then trigger an inflammatory response in the brain, exciting neurons and further increasing the amount of dopamine pumped into the brain.

“We’ve demonstrated conclusively that cocaine interacts with TLR4 to produce a pro-inflammatory effect in the brain,” said Alexis Northcutt, a CU-Boulder research associate in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and lead author of the paper. “The effect is necessary to convey the drug’s rewarding effects. Without it, reward is greatly reduced.”

The research team found that blocking the ability of cocaine to bind to TLR4 dramatically reduces the rewarding effects of cocaine. That finding suggests that blocking TLR4 on glial cells could be a therapeutic approach for treating drug abuse.

Previous research in the lab of CU-Boulder Professor Linda Watkins, the senior author of this study, has shown that a drug known as (+)-naltrexone, can be used to keep opioids from binding to TLR4.

“We found the same results when studying cocaine, which means the same drug, (+)-naltrexone, might be useful for treating a wider range of drug addictions,” Watkins said. “The exciting news is that this drug is already in development by Xalud Therapeutics.”

San Francisco-based Xalud Therapeutics, a CU-Boulder spinoff company based on Watkins’ research, is currently moving (+)-naltrexone toward human clinical trials.

The research was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and the Department of Defense, as well as the Australian Research Council.

-CU-







gI_83837_Phoenix-AZ-Drug-Detox

San Francisco CA Drug Detox Center Announces No Charge Drug & Alcohol Detoxification Addiction Help Now Available


San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) December 18, 2013

A San Francisco drug detox center is announcing that immediate, free drug and alcohol detoxification consultations are now available through Medical Drug Detox Center.

People living in San Francisco may think that using a lot of drugs like barbiturates, Darvon, heroin and prescription drugs is a good way to live. Yet there might be an alternative through drug detox.

Detoxing from drugs and alcohol alone is tough. Support is available for those seeking a simpler way of life.

In San Francisco, places like The Sage Project and Walden House are available should individuals be looking for a solid drug detox.

“The only consolidated city-county in California, San Francisco encompasses a land area of about 46.9 square miles on the northern end of the San Francisco Peninsula, giving it a density of about 17,620 people per square mile,” according to a Wikipedia entry. “It is the most densely settled large city (population greater than 200,000) in the state of California and the second-most densely populated major city in the United States after New York City. San Francisco is the fourth most populous city in California after Los Angeles, San Diego and San Jose, and the 14th most populous city in the United States — with a Census-estimated 2012 population of 825,863. The city is also the financial and cultural hub of the larger San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland metropolitan area, with a population of 8.4 million.”

Marijuana, opiates, oxycontin and benzodiazepine addiction can turn San Franciscans that are functioning and living life to the fullest into ones found in the streets and gutters. Also, if a person needs help from recovering from alcoholism, then it is available too.

Drug addicts, especially ones using Suboxone, and alcoholics deep into their addiction will go to any lengths for their substance.

Prescription drugs, when taken under medical supervision, help the detox process. Some include Librium, Valium, and Naltrexone. Getting help to detox from drugs and alcohol is available.

For more information on Medical Drug Detox Center, visit http://drugdetox.org or call (888) 444-9148.







LA Drug Rehab and Addiction Treatment Center Increase Efforts to Target Southern California Heroin Epidemic

Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) March 17, 2015

According to Washington’s Top News*, heroin is killing more people in the United States than ever before especially in Los Angeles California. Due to the cheap price and the potency of the drug, heroin customers are younger than ever, as well. Often times, what begins as an addiction to painkillers turns into an addiction to heroin as the individual continues to chase the high. Once prescription drugs become too expensive, those battling addiction tend to resort to cheaper and more easily available drugs like heroin. Right Path Drug Rehab Los Angeles’ network of providers is committed to facilitating the recovery of anyone battling a heroin addiction, who is ready to make the change and receive the help that she or he needs.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention** reports that fatal heroin overdoses have nearly tripled since 2010, and Right Path Drug Rehab Los Angeles is passionate about lowering that statistic. Their network of providers is dedicated to applying as a dual diagnosis treatment to those suffering from heroin addiction. Because addiction is a disease that affects both the body and the mind, greater results are produced by treating both the physical and psychological aspects of each patient’s addiction, rather than just putting them through a detox program by itself.

In efforts to lower this frightening statistic, this drug rehab center in Los Angeles is reaching out to their extensive network throughout Southern California in hopes to find those battling heroin addiction. Since their efforts began, they have seen an increase in patients who use Heroin in Los Angeles, Santa Clarita, Simi Valley and other cities in Orange County like Huntington Beach. Not only have they increased their efforts to reach out to those suffering from this addiction, but Right Path Drug Rehab has restructured their addiction treatment program to successfully treat those in their center.

To help those who are suffering from heroin addiction, it is imperative for each patient to undergo detox at the beginning of recovery because it causes the brain to tell the body that it is no longer dependent on daily substance abuse. Right Path Drug Rehab Los Angeles guides each individual through a medically induced detox. Compassionate and experienced physicians administer non-addictive medication to ensure a relaxing detox. The medication is stabilizing and regulated in order to maintain the comfort and safety of every patient throughout the process.

Right Path Drug Rehab Los Angeles understands that each patient’s experience with heroin addiction is different than experiences had by others who are trying to break the substance abuse cycle. As such, they are dedicated to designing custom addiction treatment programs for each individual patient in order to foster lasting sobriety and establish relapse prevention techniques. When someone is ready to make a serious change in her or his life, the first step is to call one of Right Path Drug Rehab Los Angeles’ intake coordinators to discuss the assessments and tests that will help them design an individual addiction recovery program based on personal needs, addiction history, and severity of addiction.

The most common signs and symptoms* that manifest when someone is struggling with heroin abuse are: sudden changes in behavior, sleepiness, nausea, slurred speech, itchiness, and hallucinations. If someone you love is exhibiting these traits, call an intake coordinator from Right Path Drug Rehab Los Angeles today to discuss the next steps regarding treatment. Their network of providers offers treatment to those suffering from all manner of alcohol and drug addiction, and even if heroin is not the problem, their intake coordinators are able to place each individual in a program that fits her or his needs. Call (888) 539-6947 today to speak with an experienced representative who will be able to assess what options are best for you or someone you love.


http://wtop.com/local/2015/03/dealing-death-heroin-epidemic/slide/7/
* http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db190.htm




gI_60010_Choices_recovery_alex_fioroni

Per Wickstrom Interviews Chef Alex Fioroni on Recovery from Addiction through Proper Nutrition at 2015 Oscars Roll-Out


Hollywood, California (PRWEB) March 20, 2015

On Februrary 21st, 2015, Per Wickstrom, the founder of Choices Recovery, sponsored Durkin Entertainment’s EcoLuxe Lounge, a gathering of several of the world’s premier providers of eco-friendly and socially conscious products and services, and the “Salute to the Oscars” pre-award party honoring the 2015 Oscar nominees. Held in the Stardust Penthouse on the rooftop of the luxurious Beverly Hilton Hotel, the EcoLuxe Lounge saw many Hollywood notables in attendance to enjoy the rustic American décor overlooking the impressive Los Angeles skyline and to learn more about the ecologically sound, natural and holistic goods and services featured there.

“We were honored to have a place at the EcoLuxe Lounge,” Per Wickstrom commented after the event. “It gave us a chance to get the word out about what the program at Choices Recovery has to offer, which is holistic options in the treatment of substance abuse.”

One of the providers featured at the EcoLuxe Lounge was Certified Nutrition Specialist and Chef Alex Fioroni, who was there as a guest showcasing some of his wonderful food, like his “Mini-Meal Bars”, delicious and nutritionally balanced snacks perfect for people on the go. Per Wickstrom had the opportunity to speak with Chef Fioroni about the importance of proper nutrition and a balanced diet in the treatment of substance abuse. “You are working from the inside out (with nutritional therapy),” says Alex, “and in the psychological part, you are working from the outside in. The two together are incredible.”

Choices Recovery – A South Bend Rehab at the 2015 Oscar’s

Choices Recovery, a holistic treatment center for drug abuse and addiction, places great emphasis on the physical wellbeing of those that come to their rehabilitation facility seeking help with overcoming their addiction. “The first phase of the program is nutrition and physical fitness,” says Per, “because if you don’t get those two right, how are you going to confront someone’s underlying issues when they feel miserable and they can’t sleep?”

Other products and service providers at the EcoLuxe Lounge included: with a styling bar, organic spray tans and makeup touchups from OC Hair & Makeup, glamping vacations to Yellowstone, Glacier Park and The Moan Desert from Under Canvas, CanaDog Supply pet items, and much more.

For more information please visit http://www.perwickstrom.com.







$3 million center for treating veterans with PTSD and addiction opens in Upstate New York

Saranac Lake, NY (PRWEB) March 23, 2015

After over a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, more than 300,000 veterans have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which is often accompanied by depression and substance abuse. To begin to address this national imperative, St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment & Recovery Centers has constructed the Col. C. David Merkel, MD Veterans Residence for the treatment of addiction and PTSD, one of just three such facilities in New York State.

St. Joseph’s established its 10,000-square-foot facility on their deeply forested 26-acre campus in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains with funding from the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, (OASAS), and support from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

The $ 3 million facility has the capacity to treat 25 male veterans who will be in treatment for up to a year. OASAS also provides the larger portion of the facility’s $ 1 million annual operating budget.

“Even those we look to as our symbols of strength, our veterans, are not immune to this disease (addiction),” OASAS Executive Deputy Commissioner Sean Byrne stated in his dedication address. “The Merkel Residence is breaking new ground in treating PTSD and addiction simultaneously while being aware of the triggers and vulnerabilities of military trauma survivors.”

St. Joseph’s veterans’ services include trauma-informed therapeutic approaches, recreation and sober socialization skills, physical health restoration and somatic therapies, reintegration with family and community, educational and vocational assistance training, and family therapy and support. There is also a strong emphasis on assisting in the renewal of the family unit.

The formal dedication of the facility occurred near the time of the program’s first graduate. John C. is now pursuing studies in political science at the State University of New York, Oswego and relates, “Before coming here, I completed a 28 day program elsewhere, but it just didn’t take. St. Joe’s program had all the components, not just the addiction part, but handling the PTSD, parenting, getting my VA benefits in order, spirituality, all of it. My life was like a puzzle with the pieces spread all over the floor. This program helped me to put it back together.”

Veterans from all states and with all categories of discharges are considered for acceptance.

The coming together as a cadre, forming a familiar culture, has been demonstrated to be of significant importance to veteran healing. As Bob Ross, St. Joseph’s President and CEO notes, “One of the outcomes we are particularly pleased with is, that in addition to meaningful positive behavioral change, the men have joined to support each other as a unit similar to when they were in service to their country.”

Ross also shares that, “All St. Joseph’s staff, from clinicians, to administrators, to support personnel, have received training in trauma-informed awareness.” At its core, a trauma-informed approach can be defined as how an agency thinks about and responds to those who have experienced, or may be at risk for experiencing trauma.

In addition to the veterans supporting each other, businesses in the surrounding communities of Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, and Lake Placid have generously donated new equipment and furnishings, including local vets providing the labor to install air conditioning throughout the facility.

Numerous dignitaries attended the facility’s opening, including Congressman Bill Owens, Representative for New York’s 21st Congressional District, and State Senator Betty Little (45th Senate District).

In her remarks, Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, of New York’s 115th Assembly District, noted, “In the last five or six weeks I have received more phone calls from veterans and or their families than I have received in the last few years and I don’t know why, but I do know that I was able to say to them, ‘Hang on. Help is on the way,” referring to St. Joseph’s new program.

“The majority of our Residents served during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, and the two Gulf Wars,” says Veterans Program Director, Zach Randolph, an Army veteran with an 11-year career of both active duty and Reserve components. “But we also have a small number of men who fought in Vietnam, a time when PTSD and related mental health disorders were less recognized.”

For over four decades, St. Joseph’s has served as a leader in addiction treatment with a highly favorable, supported by outcome studies, rate of sustained sobriety.

Among the agency’s keys to success include its emphasis on spirituality as a major component of recovery, and the core belief in the inherent dignity and worth of each individual.

St. Joseph’s established the first Family Program in the State, and most recently has invested a significant level of resources to treat young people seeking to recover from heroin and opioid addiction.

The agency was also one of the first health care organizations in New York to create an internal curriculum to help employees explore their potential and to prepare as future leaders for internal succession. St. Joseph’s program, the Leadership Academy, runs for 12 months, with an average of ten staff in each class.

St. Joseph’s received designation as one of the Best Companies to Work for in New York in 2009, 2011, 2014, and 2015.

The Agency is located in Saranac Lake, NY, a village long associated with healing, having been the center for worldwide tuberculosis research and care from 1873 until the end of WWII. In addition, Lake Placid, the site of both the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games, is located within ten miles of St. Joseph’s main campus.

For additional information regarding St. Joseph’s new veterans’ addiction and PTSD treatment program, contact Jim Grant at (518) 891-3950 ext. 248, or visit http://www.stjoestreatment.org.

About St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment & Recovery Centers

Founded in 1971, St. Joseph’s, based in Saranac Lake, NY, is a leader in the addiction treatment field having provided substance abuse treatment for over 12,000 men, women, and their families. St. Joseph’s comprehensive continuum of care includes Inpatient, Outpatient, and Aftercare facilities, and the 4,000 members of the Fellowship – St. Joseph’s alumni/ae organization. St. Joseph’s received designation as one of the Best Companies to Work for in New York in 2009, 2011, 2014, and 2015.

Contact Information

Jim Grant, Communications Director

St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment & Recovery Centers

jgrant(at)stjoestreatment(dot)org

http://www.stjoestreatment.org

(518) 891-3950 ext. 248