Tag: the opioid crisis
DASH, the New York Metro area’s first crisis stabilization center, is there to ensure that anyone in need of addiction treatment has immediate access 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Once everything shut down, HUGS (Human Understanding and Growth Services) kept its lifesaving programs going, virtually, and added weekly family fun nights on Zoom.
Meryl Cassidy, executive director of Response Crisis Center, told the Press the 24/7 center has seen more than a 25 percent increase in calls and live “chats” from people expressing suicidal thoughts since the COVID pandemic began.
The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has not been lost on Long Island’s addiction and recovery community, which has banded together to support each other during social isolation, job loss, and less access to treatment and support.
The free and nonclinical center was created in response to the heroin and opioid epidemic sweeping across the country.
“Spinal adjustments actually accelerate the healing of the brain from addiction,” says Dr. Russell Surasky.
Providing better mental health treatment to stressed-out Long Islanders who are self medicating with illicit drugs is key to combating the deadly opioid epidemic that continues to grip the region, experts say.