I NEED To Get High

I am not your child, or spouse, or friend. I’ve changed. I don’t belong to you any more. I don’t care about you. Not in the way you want me too. I care about getting high. I WANT to get high. I will do ANYTHING to get high. I LOVE getting high. I NEED to get high.. and I will step over you to do it. When I look at you, I don’t see YOU. I see a means to an end. You have money. I want it. End of story. I don’t care if you can’t pay the rent. I don’t care if you need groceries. I don’t care if you promised you wouldn’t give me money again. I don’t care if you lie to Dad. I don’t care if you’re broke. Sell your rings, take a loan, sell your electronics, max out your credit cards, borrow the money [...]

September 11th, 2016|

‘Too many parents have buried their kids’: Donovan seeks funding for heroin epidemic

Alicia Palermo-Reddy runs volunteer support group Addiction Angels. She spoke at Camelot Counseling on Thursday. (Staten Island Advance/Rachel Shapiro) STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Like many parents who find their child addicted to heroin, Cecilia Olsen was in denial when her high school-aged son started using drugs. He dropped out of Tottenville High School, and is now getting help at Camelot Counseling, where Olsen stood with Rep. Daniel Donovan and others on Thursday to call on Congress to pass the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. The addiction "has affected my family tremendously, every single member of my family. I was uneducated for a long time, in denial," she said. Donovan (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn) is one of more than 80 co-sponsors of the House bill to give funding to local organizations to address the heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic. "Too many parents have buried their sons and daughters, or watched them struggle [...]

September 11th, 2016|

WATCH: How A New York Nurse Became An ‘Addiction Angel’

There are angels all around us, like Alicia Reddy. This selfless woman, also known as Addiction Angel, wants nothing more than to help those struggling with the disease of addiction. She is a RN and a drug interventionist. Her passion with helping others started when 3 family members struggled with addiction and she was there to help. Since then, she has given herself a name and given others life. When not working as a nurse at Staten Island University Hospital, Alicia is holding interventions or is on the phone guiding families and friends who are helping their loved ones fight through addiction. She works tirelessly to get people the help they need; whether it be personally getting them into rehab or being available to talk anytime they need. To learn more or get help from the Addiction Angel, go to her Web site or Facebook page. [...]

September 11th, 2016|

WATCH: This selfless nurse became an ADDICTION ANGEL to help heroin addicts and more!

September 11th, 2016|

Alicia Palermo-Reddy: A life-saver for those who’ve fallen for heroin on Staten Island

Alicia Palermo-Reddy, 47, a registered nurse who helps families struggling with addiction, has been chosen a 2016 Staten Island Advance Woman of Achievement. Alicia Reddy's addiction helpline is always open. The registered nurse says she started fielding calls on her own a few years back from people struggling with drug problems and their families who were looking for support. At times, the demand could be overwhelming, but Reddy, 47, says she'd never ignore a call if it could mean saving a life. And she has saved numerous ones. Scrolling through her cellphone during a recent interview at her Huguenot home, where she lives with her husband and two children, Reddy read several thankful text messages from people who she has helped over the past few years. There's the 31-year-old father in recovery who she called every day while he went through detox, and a 27-year-old heroin addict who she helped [...]

September 11th, 2016|

Addiction Angel “Scared Straight” Drug Forum Delivers Powerful Message

At Addiction Angel events, Alicia Reddy consistently manages to draw hundreds of Staten Islanders to the South Shore for her addiction support groups inspiring program. The evening included heartbreaking stories told by families who have lost someone to addiction. Recovering drug users also spoke about the pitfalls of substance abuse. We are in a huge epidemic with heroin, Reddy said to nearly 200 people gathered in Tottenville High School on Thursday night. She says that up to 35 kids have died of a drug overdose on Staten Island since May. Scroll through the slideshow to watch powerful video from the event. Ryan Lavis | lavis@siadvance.com

September 11th, 2016|

House Expected to Approve $100m to Fight Drug Epidemic

On display at the Staten Island YMCA are quilts, with each patch representing a child whose life has been affected by drug abuse. It's part of a program teaching kids how to cope with addiction problems in the family. Jacqueline Filis, executive director at the YMCA, says more resources are needed to treat recovering addicts. "The availability of medication assisted treatment,” said Filis. “At the Y, we believe that treatment is supported by medication.” She says numbers also tell a strong story about the prescription drug and heroin addiction epidemic in the borough. "We're losing one person every four days as a result of overdose,” she said. “In our services we serve about 300 people." Staten Island Congressman Dan Donovan and other officials visited the Y Monday, to announce the House is expected to pass a wide-ranging bill -- to fight the problem. “We don't win this battle if we [...]

September 11th, 2016|

Substance Abuse in Colleges

Drug and alcohol abuse is on the rise in colleges. Peer pressure, competition, and anxiety are pushing young minds towards substance abuse. For teenagers, the idea of college life is fascinating. They perceive it to be a life of freedom, endless parties, and friendly teachers. While there certainly are “party schools”, colleges and universities with regular frat and sorority parties going on all the time, and teachers even attending these, are not the norm. When faced with a reality where life at college is full of hard work, competition, and challenges, students become stressed and are often unnerved by events surrounding them. Coping with This Challenge Coping with the reality of the adult expectations at college can be a daunting task; especially for students who haven’t had to deal with serious challenges in their life. When the going gets tough they turn to external substances to help them cope up [...]

September 11th, 2016|