The Pain of Addiction

By: Jason C., Transformations alumnus   I have spent my whole life trying to avoid pain Its always been a constant, always the same   “Don’t speak, don’t feel, you’re nothing,” is what I knew  In the broken household where I grew   But deep down inside I was quietly screaming ‘Leave it to Beaver’ is what I was dreaming   As I got older, I became more aware The pain I felt inside, no one cares   The first time I used, and all that pain went away I finally laughed, fit in, the skies weren’t so grey   [...]

January 17th, 2018|Alumni|

Addiction Treatment: A Life Saver for so Many

By: Dr. Maureen Esposito, Ph.D., CAP, LMHC, LMFT Twenty three years seems like a long time to be in one career field now- a -days, but for me it seems like just a moment in time. When you like your job it does not seem like work at all. As a licensed professional I have been privileged to work with many talented and educated therapists, as well as medical doctors and nurses. The substance abuse field is filled with dedicated people whose goal is to help those suffering with addiction so that they can lead happy, productive and substance free [...]

January 10th, 2018|Addiction Treatment Centers|

New Year’s Resolution: 5 Reasons to Get Clean

It's that time of year when many people are making vows to lose weight, to stop spending so much money, to work on old projects that haven't been finished and to treat those that they love a bit better. Phone calls to Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers are ringing off the hook and bellies are still full with Christmas cookies, but for the addict- this picture isn't quite the same. I spent my Christmases avoiding any food given to me, because if I ate, I couldn't get as high. On Christmas mornings while my son would open his presents, I [...]

January 3rd, 2018|Addiction Recovery|

A Junkie’s Christmas

It's sometime in November of 2014. My memory fails me often, because of the haze I was in. Snow draped over the treetops and there was beauty to be found in this cold and white place- but I couldn't see it. A week before I tried falling as hard as I could on the ice to convince my grandmother that I had really gotten hurt- and needed someone to give me Percocet for the pain. I did what I could to maintain, but she didn't see the fall, so I tried again. She still didn't look out the window. Why [...]

December 20th, 2017|Addiction Recovery|

It Matters to Them

I’m driving through Delray Beach with a friend.  Tears in her eyes she asks, “How do you keep doing it? How do get up in the morning?” My friend just got done telling me that someone close to her had just passed away from a heroin overdose. I can feel my phone vibrate. When we stop at the light I look down and it’s a text. Another friend finally decided to go into treatment and is asking if I can get her cigarettes. I also have the countless other friends - who have passed away, haven’t been heard from, or  [...]

December 13th, 2017|Substance Abuse Treatment|

Jamestown, NY: Inaccuracy of Drug Overdose Statistics and the Lack of Funding for Recovery Resources

In cases of drug overdose fatalities, death certificates can fail to cite the correct cause of death. Why is this a problem? The accurate classification of overdoses is important when it comes to determining the distribution of limited state and federal grant money. Errors in data reporting can mean a community receives less funding for resources used to properly combat the opioid epidemic. Misreporting of opioid drug overdose deaths is a result of: A lack of reporting standards from town to town or county to county Misclassification of the cause of death on death certificates Not listing the specific drug [...]

December 11th, 2017|Drug Abuse|
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