Krista McNallySep 7, 2017, 4:46 pmSep 7, 2017, 4:48 pm

Addiction recovery program moves to Garden City to meet demand of growing epidemic

Mineola service relocates to new Northwell Health Treatment Center to accommodate more patients

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Officials noted the importance of addiction recovery during the ribbon cutting of a new Garden City Northwell Health Treatment Center on Thursday.

Jonathan Allen, who was at the center’s grand opening, says treatment centers saved his life and led him on a path to recovery. He became addicted to opioids at the age of 16, following being prescribed a prescription for a torn ACT. He says it can happen to anyone.

"I love this place, and the staff here, but we need more places like this. We need to kill the stigma," Allen said.

Addiction is a downward spiral that is very hard to get out of, Allen says.

"Your brain kind of messes with you, it says, ‘you and I know we need to stop this but you know you can't do it, you will never do it,’" Allen said.

He has been sober for two years and now uses his experience to inspire others to seek out recovery.

“Places like this are vital, they are so important," he said.

The program was formerly at the Mineola Community Treatment Center, but the program outgrew its location due to a large demand for addiction recovery services.

"As the demand grows, we will provide the services for that. Our growth over the last three to four years has been 40 percent. I would expect the growth to continue at that rate under the current climate," said Heather Hugelmeyer, program director for Northwell Health's Garden City treatment center.

Just last year, it was reported that over 500 people died on Long Island from overdoses.

“We can't arrest our way out of the opioid crisis. We have to treat people. We have to give people hope," Nassau County DA Madeline Singas.

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