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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Advocates Discuss Borough’s Drug Problem

From prescription pills to heroin, substance abuse experts say the borough's drug problem is only growing worse. NY1's Anthony Pascale discusses the problem with Candice Crupi who lost her son to a drug overdose and Alicia Reddy, the founder of "Addiction Angel," a drug support group. View this video here. by Anthony Pascale, Friday, October 16, 2015

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Hundreds gather to battle drug addiction in Staten Island

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Addiction Angel Drug Forum Delivers Powerful Message

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Family Involvement is Important in Substance Abuse Treatment

For family and friends of drug- or alcohol-addicted individuals, addressing the addiction is one of the most difficult aspects of helping the addicted person seek treatment. Often, over time, daily family involvement has only managed to enable the addict. Family members frequently do not know how to bring up the issue of addiction therapy, and opt to ignore the problem for fear of pushing their loved one away during a confrontation or intervention. These are legitimate concerns, and while families should understand that approaching their loved one should be a gentle and supportive process, they also need to understand that most patients seek substance abuse treatment because of positive family involvement and intervention. Prior to Substance Abuse Treatment and Intervention Each family is different, and the best way to approach family involvement with addiction therapy will differ with every person. There are counselors in your area who are trained to [...]

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7 Tips for Mothers of Adult Addicts

Suzanne Degges-White, Ph.D.   Before a child is born, most parents are already carrying a heavy burden. They recognize that a great deal of responsibility comes with bringing a child into this world and typically believe that every choice they make from the moment of conception onwards is going to play a role in how their child turns out. For the most part, they may be right. Some choices made during pregnancy can definitely influence a child’s physiology and future health. Consuming alcohol, using drugs and some medications, eating nutritiously, among others, can all influence the health of an unborn child. However, as of the moment of conception, some unique personalitycharacteristics and physiological potentials are already pretty much fixed, regardless of pre- and post-birth parenting choices that are made. If you are the mother or father of an adult child who is not making the choices that are necessary for [...]

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4 Life-Changing Ways to Release the Shame of Addiction

When we are in shame, we don’t see the big picture; we don’t accurately think about our strengths and limitations. We just feel alone, exposed and deeply flawed. ~ Brené Brown Do you tend to feel more guilt or shame when you feel you have done something wrong? Brené Brown’s book, I Thought It Was Just Me talks about shame and how it affects our lives. I found her section about addiction particularly interesting. We all feel shame at some point in our lives. As individuals we have a tendency to respond with either shame or guilt in any given situation. It makes us feel humiliated and uncomfortable because of something we did wrong. We lose our self-respect. We may feel mortified and embarrassed and we may want to pull back and just be alone. Addiction and shame go hand in hand. It is hard to understand where one starts and the  [...]

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7 Things I’ve Learned Since the Loss of My Child

Child loss is a loss like no other. One often misunderstood by many. If you love a bereaved parent or know someone who does, remember that even his or her “good” days are harder than you could ever imagine. Compassion and love, not advice, are what’s needed. If you’d like an inside look into why the loss of a child is a grief that lasts a lifetime, here is what I’ve learned in my seven years of trekking through the unimaginable. 1). Love never dies. There will never come a day, hour, minute or second I stop loving or thinking about my son. Just as parents of living children unconditionally love their children always and forever, so do bereaved parents. I want to say and hear his name just the same as non-bereaved parents do. I want to speak about my deceased child as normally and naturally as you speak [...]

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