Drug and Alcohol Intervention Services in New York

Created On Tuesday, 29, April 2014
Modified On Friday, 17, September 2021


When it comes to drug addiction, New York has seen it all. However, over the years has also been able to supply many communities with accessible support to help deal with addiction. There is one area that has not been addressed, and that is the unwilling addict to admit they have an addiction. Many counselors will simply wait until the addict agrees, but often it's too late, and they end up in prison or the ER. You as a family member can do something; you can reach out to the New York intervention service. The intervention specialist can tear down the denial and bring hope and agreement for help.

Drug and Alcohol Addiction Family Intervention in New York

Organizing a professional intervention is an emotional process, and emotions do tend to run high when the intervention happens. During an intervention, being able to express the care and love you have for the addict is critical. The letters written and read to the person should convey this, while also telling the addict how his or her addiction has affected the lives of the family. Before the intervention, when you are meeting with the interventionist, everything is planned down to the letter. When a family is prepared for what is to come, they are better able to take control and show the addict they are serious about getting help. Usually, the first day spent with the family is an education day to help the family understand the intervention process. During this time, the interventionist discovers and ideally handles problems such as enabling or co-dependency. Proper planning and preparation help ensure the intervention is successful. That being said, not mount of planning can replace bringing in a professional interventionist. Substance abuse affects people and families living throughout the state, and problems with addiction are seen in small communities to larger cities such as New York City. According to the New York City Sentinel Community Site (SCS) in 2017, there were 1,487 overdose deaths, which was up from 2016. Additionally, on average in the city, there was one overdose death every six hours, and the rate of alleged "unintentional" drug overdoses increased for the 7th year in a row. Approximately 82% of all drug-related overdose deaths in the city involve opioids. The drug fentanyl was involved in 57% of all opioid-related overdose deaths, although Fentanyl is not tested for unless specifically requested which means the numbers run much higher than official records might indicate. Heroin has been a widely-used drug in New York City and is the second most common substance involved in drug-related overdose deaths. Cocaine has also always been a popular drug in NYC. 49% of the overdose deaths in 2017 were a result of cocaine use.

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Here is a list of the different intervention services in New York. The list can be incomplete so please do not hesitate to contact one of our treatment specialists at 1-800-304-2219.



Marcel Gemme, DATS - Author

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.

Steve Bruno - Professionally Reviewed on September 17, 2021

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