Substance Abuse Meeting Can Be a Chance to Start Anew
Local News, Community, Charity & Cause
By Joe Randazzo
Published: July 20 2013
The meeting held by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services’ Alcohol and Substance Abuse Subcommittee of the Community Mental Hygiene Advisory Board takes place on August 1 in Hauppauge
The vices of substance abuse effect us all. Whether you live the strictly sober straight edge lifestyle of no booze and drugs, or are a casual drinker amongst friends, we’ve all witnessed its crippling effect in our families and the community we live in. Two years ago we saw a different side of substance abuse’s ugliness in our own backyard when 33-year-old veteran David Laffer shot and killed four in a Medford drug store just so he could steal hydrocodone.
The Division of Community Mental Hygiene Services isn’t just there for alcoholism and drug abuse. They also have programs put in place to help those suffering from mental illness or developmental disabilities a chance to, as the Advisory Board put it, “maximize an individual’s potential within the family and community.”
The people involved in the Advisory Board are made up of doctors, parents, and agency providers who advise the Advisory Board itself. Meetings are open to the public and guests are asked to call in advance. Call Grace Kelly-McGovern at 854-0095.
The address for the meeting is 725 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, NY 11788. Look for the classroom in the North County Complex, Building C-928. This meeting can be the start of a new beginning for those suffering from substance abuse, mental illness, or developmental disabilities.