Battling Addiction

We care about people battling addiction because of the feeling of hopelessness, and despair they undergo. All of us have commitments to fulfill in life, and we should all strive in this excellence by helping others, including those battling addictions. I interviewed about 8 people who were on their road to recovery from addiction. I also used discussion forums to get some of these ideas. From my findings, I came to realize that most people in the society partly blame people with addiction problems and others do not think it as a problem that should be shared by all societal members. Individuals in the addition network requires all the help they can get, when it comes from members of the society it carries more weight given that some of our actions contribute to their addiction problems. You must change the way you think to change your life, this paves way [...]

October 11th, 2016|

Addict Misconceptions

  Addicts are Lazy People. Addicts may appear lazy but they aren't always lazy people. They are normally very encouraged to satisfy their cravings. It actually takes  a large quantity of energy to plan and ensure there suffices of the drug through the remainder of the day and for tomorrow and the day after that. Whether it is making certain you have computer system access for pornography or that you have enough alcohol allocated out for the next day. Planning to get and allocate your drug to make sure you have enough of it, while concealing it from those around you, takes a lot of effort. When an addict becomes sober, they are quite surprised to discover a lot of leisure time and do not know ways to utilize it due to the fact that it has actually always been taken in by addicting behaviors. This is why it is very [...]

October 7th, 2016|

Staten Island Substance Abuse

Staten Island substance abuse is a growing menace in the New York area. Anyone can be a victim of it, disregarding age, gender and ethnicity. Substance abuse can be broadly defined as the situation in which the use of a substance causes a detrimental effect on the physical and mental condition of an individual. Further, substance abuse can also have devastating effect on the financial, social and even legal standing in the society of a person. The 'substance' in substance abuse can be almost anything. It can be either legal or illegal. Even the non prescribed use of prescriptive medicines has and can be termed as substance abuse. In cases of substance abuse, injections, inhaling and oral usage of the substance is common. However, sniffing and smoking of the said substance is also seen in some cases.           Drug Addiction in Staten Island Maybe the most [...]

September 30th, 2016|

Staten Island Heroin Abuse

Addiction to pain killers is running rampant in the state of New York and has resulted in the recent explosion of Staten Island heroin abuse. Heroin importation has dramatically increased over the past decade. Heroin is cheaper than prescription opioids and has similar physical effects on the user. Many patients who are no longer able to obtain prescription pain killers from a legitimate medical practitioner will simply turn to heroin to avoid withdrawal symptoms and relieve pain.      Heroin In Staten Island, NY Heroin is a drug that is both extremely illegal and very very addictive. It comes from opium from the poppy plant before it is refined to morphine, then further changed chemically to become heroin. Despite its extremely bad reputation for an easy overdose, heroin continues to be a commonly abused drug in Staten Island, NY. Heroin is sold and used in a number of forms including white or brown powder, a [...]

Drug Abuse and Addiction in the USA

Drug abuse is on the rise in the United States but most people are unaware of the scale of this. We have now officially reached epidemic proportions! Why has drug abuse and drug addiction achieved epidemic levels in the USA? Let's look at how people head down this path, see what the causes are, briefly review the substances, and see what can be done about this. Every person that tries drugs for the first time never does this planning to become an addict. He or she takes this leap due to peer pressure at social events or see it as a route to escape from mental or physical pain, hurt and suffering. The reason first timers are at risk of becoming addicts is due to the ‘wow I feel good’ factor attached to drugs. They immediately lead to a feeling of joy, happiness, even ecstasy. This calls for more experimentation, [...]

September 12th, 2016|

Street Names of Common Drugs: What Your Kids Are Using

A recent survey conducted on approximately 50,000 High School seniors came up with some alarming results. Fifty (50) percent of these 12 graders acknowledged to having used drugs at least once in the past 12 months. And not surprisingly, Marijuana topped the list of substances used. The same survey also revealed that most young adults try alcohol at age 12 and Marijuana at the age of 14. Studies have revealed several reasons behind drug abuse among young adults and this includes everything from the curiosity to experiment, peer pressure and dealing with first major challenges in life. Parents, or other loved ones, being drug abusers themselves, increase the chances of teens taking to this habit. Parents and other legal guardians have to do their best to prevent all forms of addiction that can doom the future of these kids even before they realize their dreams. Knowledge Is First Step to [...]

September 12th, 2016|

Heroin’s New Hometown

Barry and Candace Crupi’s son Johnathan died of a heroin overdose at their home on Staten Island. He was 21. The obituaries have a certain sameness to them: full of praise and regret for lives cut short, marked by telltale details and omissions. The deaths occurred at home, or at a friend’s house elsewhere on Staten Island. The mourned were often young and white, and although how they died was never mentioned, nearly everyone knew or suspected the cause.

September 11th, 2016|

Staten Island Comes To Terms With Heroin Epidemic

TYLER: Staten Island is in the middle of a heroin epidemic. The borough has the most opiate deaths per capita in the city – twice Manhattan’s rate.   GREGOIRE: Most of these fatalities are happening on the island’s more prosperous South Shore. Joe Sykes reports on how Staten Islanders are searching for ways to come to terms with the problem.   _______________________________________________________________________     SYKES: It’s on the Staten Island Ferry   Up Staten Island Ferry   you first notice all might not be well in New York’s least populated borough. Among advertisements for Italian restaurants and golf resorts there are public service posters which portray empty beer bottles and boxes of pills. The tagline: “Heroin starts here.”   Clare Porcello says that’s how her son Joey got addicted.   Clare: This is his graduation picture. That’s when he started, when he first took that pill that’s when he [...]

September 11th, 2016|

New York Heroine Battles To Save Addicts

Watch This Video Here. Some 30 people recently gathered on a rainy evening at a local high school auditorium, and while most were strangers, they were united by the burden of a loved one addicted to heroin -- and by their hope for help from an unlikely angel. Alicia Palermo-Reddy, a full-time nurse on Staten Island, started her own support group, called Addiction Angel, after a member of her extended family had a drug problem five years ago. Since then, she has seen a disturbing increase in heroin addiction in this borough of New York City and not enough resources to fight it. So she took on the fight. "I realized I have knowledge, drive and the energy to help people with addiction, and the biggest part of the problem which I found on Staten Island was that there were no resources," she said. "I started holding support groups in [...]

September 11th, 2016|

Addiction Angel Holds Scared Straight Drug Forum

View This Video Here. As Staten Island battles a heroin epidemic, one native is leading the charge. NY1's Stephanie Officer filed the following report. Sharing their own experiences of overcoming addiction, students who have already been exposed to drugs are hoping to deter others from trying them. "I was a homeless heroin addict. I was rescued by being arrested. Getting arrested gave me time of being by myself and sit with myself and get to think about my family," said Jacquelin Tavares. "I was doing Perc 30s. Percocets. I was using straight for three to four years,” Jamie Longo stated. "We're at Bloomingdale park all the time. We're around the area, we smell it. I don't wanna be like that when I get older,” said I.S. 34 student Michael Federico. Alicia Reddy wants this message to resonate with every audience member who attended her Scared Straight event at Tottenville High [...]

September 11th, 2016|