Treatment and Prevention
Most people cannot fight heroin addiction without professional help. Drug treatment centers focus on the psychological and physical aspects of drug dependency and work to help users recover. Addiction treatment focuses heavily on counseling and relapse prevention.

Calling a local licensed drug treatment provider will help you to locate the most appropriate place to go to receive help.
There are different types of drug treatment programs:
Detox - The short-term, initial phase of treatment where drugs are removed from the body.
 
Inpatient - Typically a 28-day rehab program in a residential community with group sessions and counseling, and where one goes after detoxification.  Frequently, with drugs such as heroin, long-term treatment may be necessary.  Long-term inpatient programs are available, that usually provide residential treatment for a period of 8-18 months.
 
Outpatient - A medically supervised treatment option that does not involve overnight stay in a hospital or medical facility.  It typically involves group sessions and counseling.
 
Withdrawal and Stabilization Services (formerly Crisis Services) - services include detoxification and management of the treatment of alcohol and/or substance withdrawal early in a person's course of recovery and result in referral to continued care at other appropriate services.
 
Opioid Treatment Services - an Opioid Treatment Program assists clients addicted to heroin and other opiates through the use of methadone or other approved medications (buprenorphine, suboxone) to treat opioid dependency.
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Residential Services - provide an array of services for persons suffering from chemical dependence either directly or through cooperative relationships with other community service providers.  There are three levels of service that can be offered in a residential setting:  intensive residential rehabilitation services, community residential services, and supportive living services.  Community residential services provide supervised services to persons making the transition to abstinent living, providing a drug and alcohol-free environment for persons who are completing or have completed a course of treatment, but who are not yet ready for independent living.

 

Ancillary Withdrawal Service - Ancillary withdrawal services are the medical management of mild or moderate symptoms of withdrawal within an OASAS-certified setting. Medical staff monitor withdrawal symptoms. Protocol must include a physician director of the service, medication and counseling protocol for managing withdrawal and 24 hour emergency plan. Staffing will include a physician, physician extenders, registered nurse, and clinical staff. A treatment plan will include the medication protocol to achieve safe withdrawal management, clinical interventions to provide engagement, management of urges and cravings, addresses cognitive and behavioral issues and recovery supports.

If you or someone close to you is suffering from a heroin addiction, it is important that you reach out for help, which is available to every Nassau and Suffolk resident. For 24/7 help, you can call:
516-481- 4000 - LI Crisis Hotline
516-679-1111 - NAFAS Hotline
877-8-HOPE-NY (877) 846-7369 - OASAS Hotline
In 2000, 59 people ages 19-25 entered Nassau's
detoxification and rehabilitation centers for heroin abuse. In 2008 the number rose to 458.
did you know?
Visit our Suffolk County Treatment and Prevention Web Page.
 
To Get Nassau County Treatment and Prevention Facilities as a PDF document click here.
 
To Get Suffolk County Treatment and Prevention Facilities as a PDF document click here.
 
Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment - Know What To Ask Flyer!
 
NAFAS Brochure of Information and Services click here.
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Family Support Groups:
Addiction is a family disease.  Having a family member - a son, daughter, spouse, parent, brother or sister - who is struggling with drug addiction can be frightening, frustrating, depressing and all-consuming as you join them in virtual roller coaster ride of highs and lows.
 
Family support groups help you get grounded, learn some facts about addiction, and come up with strategies that will help give you some peace of mind.  You'll gain perspective, new insights and walk away with new resources for coping with the disease of addiction.  Most importantly, you'll be able to connect with other families, understand that you're not alone.
 
Residents with an addicted family member are welcome to attend, regardless of whether their loved one is in treatment, has begun the recovery process or is still actively using drugs or alcohol.  The groups are professionally facilitated, completely confidential and meet every Saturday from 10:00 to 11:30AM both at LICADD's Williston Park office located at 207 Hillside Avenue and at our Ronkonkoma office, located at 2805 Veterans Highway, Suite 26.
Starting July 1, 2013  NUMC's inpatient detox unit is moving to a telephone appointment system.  Please call 516-572-6740.  The patient is screened and is given an appointment when the staff knows when a bed will be available. 
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