There are approximately 22.7 million Americans who are in need of treatment for drug and/or alcohol-related problems right now. However, many will never seek treatment because of the societal stigmas associated with substance use disorders. Let’s take a look at some of the stereotypes we’ve all heard and possibly believed about people suffering from addiction.
It is difficult at times to feel like we can make a difference. We feel overwhelmed by the negative events we hear about in the news and think there is little we can do to help. However, when we have the ability to make an impact, no matter how small, it’s imperative to act. Making a difference doesn’t have to be a grand gesture, and it’s true, no problem can be solved instantaneously. We have to work together. Helping others starts with spreading kindness. It’s not always easy, but it’s worth it.
Our Division Director of New York City Services, Amanda Arcuri, recently attended the Samaritan Daytop Foundation Gala where former NBA All Star and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Chris Mullin, former NBA player Chris Herren, and Eric Hadar, Chairman and CEO of Allied Partners, were honored for their dedication to help others battle addictions through effective and necessary treatment.
We recently attended the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of Darkness Community Walk on October 23rd and heard the heart wrenching stories of those who have lost loved ones to suicide, as well as the hopeful perspectives of survivors. Given the large impact suicide has had on Long Islanders, we think it’s time to address it.