Drug Treatment Centers in West Hempstead, New York

Created On Friday, 13, May 2016
Modified On Friday, 10, September 2021


West Hempstead is a census-designated place and a hamlet in Nassau County with a population of close to 20,000 people. The hamlet of West Hempstead is an unincorporated area of the town of Hempstead within the county. Substance abuse, such as with opioids, has affected many residents, families, and individuals living within the county. According to a Nassau County Health Needs Assessment from May 2013, the stigma associated with addiction and substance abuse has prevented many people from getting help. During 2013, the abuse of pain medication was starting to take off and more people were becoming addicted to these drugs. Prescriptions for pain medication was being given out consistently and was not as tightly regulated as it is in 2020 within New York State. According to the Nassau County Opioid Crisis Action Plan Task Force Report, in 2016, fentanyl was responsible for most of the opioid-related deaths. During that same year, the number of opioid-related deaths peaked reaching close to 200, which was a 138% increase from the number of opioid-related deaths in 2010. From 2016 onwards to the end of 2019, the number of opioid-related deaths within the county continued to decrease. Much of the decrease has to do with tighter regulations surrounding the prescribing of prescription opioids. However, drugs such as heroin are now flooding the streets and other illicit drugs such as methamphetamine and cocaine are becoming more popular. There are drug detox centers and substance abuse treatment across the country to help anyone struggling with addiction. Call one our of treatment specialists and we will help you find the right rehabilitation program for you!

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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.