How New York Families Can Benefit From Drug And Alcohol Interventions

New York Addiction Help Drug And Alcohol Interventions - Family FirstNew York state is in the middle of a drug and alcohol overdose epidemic. From 2010 to 2016, the number of opioid-related deaths rose by 121 percent. In Brooklyn, 90 percent of drug-related hospitalizations involved heroin use during that period.

New York has one of the highest rates of drug- and alcohol-related overdoses in the country. The rate of drug overdoses in the United States is growing, but in New York state, the numbers are skyrocketing.

Defining New York’s Addiction Problem

New York City Drug Overdose Statistic - Family First InterventionDrug and alcohol overdose rates are sometimes difficult to calculate. States don’t always report overdose deaths to the same agencies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) keeps records of deaths, but relies on states’ individual reporting for accuracy.

To complicate things further, there is a lag time between patient death and formal reporting. Multiple agencies are involved when an overdose death occurs, causing slow reporting of information. Considering these variables, overdose rates for New York state are likely higher than average on multiple national reports.

More New Yorkers die from overdoses than homicides, suicides and car accidents combined, according to the New York City health department. Overdoses have heavily affected all five New York City boroughs. Unfortunately, the number of overdoses on opioids and heroin grows each year.

State and local government agencies are working to implement legislation to reduce the numbers, but New York interventionists may the best source of relief.

Opioid and Heroin Addictions in New York State

The most commonly cited drugs causing overdoses in New York state are in the opioid class. Prescription opioids include:

  • Oxycodone
  • Fentanyl
  • Hydromorphone
  • Morphine

Family members, caregivers and friends of those with a prescription can easily take the medications without the patient’s knowledge. Those who steal opioids can sell them for a profit.

Those who use opioids are also at a higher risk for trying heroin. The progression from prescription opioids to heroin typically occurs due to increased drug tolerance or for financial reasons. Many users find heroin to be more cost effective for habitual use.

In New York, statistics show treatment admission rates for heroin and prescription opioid use is significantly higher than national averages. In 2014, the treatment rate for heroin in New York state reached 468 out of every 100,000 people. The national average during the same period was 118 out of every 100,000 people.

New York is in the top four states for both heroin and opioid overdose deaths. Those numbers are growing by the day as more people become addicted and go untreated.

The Fentanyl Problem

Fentanyl is a potentially lethal form of a prescription opioid. The prescription painkiller is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. In New York, more than half of drug overdose victims had fentanyl in their systems at the time of death. A 2016 report showed that fentanyl deaths across the country rose by 540 percent in only three years.

Experts have not conclusively found a reason for this. One theory to explain the increase in the presence of fentanyl is in its potency. A few tiny particles of fentanyl can increase a high, creating a better street product. It only requires a few small pieces of fentanyl dust to be fatal, though.

Some experts believe the fentanyl death increase is due to the poor measurements by those creating the drugs. Another theory to explain the increase in fentanyl is cross-contamination. Drug dealers are not known for cleanliness, leading many experts to believe that fentanyl often ends up in drugs unintentionally.


Deaths and hospitalizations due to cocaine use are also on the increase, but at slower rates. Opioids seem to be the drug of choice, in part due to the crackdown on coca fields in Colombia.

Cultivation and exports of cocaine dropped significantly during the crackdown, but are beginning to pick back up. Fentanyl mixed with cocaine is also revealing itself as a deadly problem. In 2016, New York recorded 600 deaths related to fentanyl, with 115 resulting from a cocaine-fentanyl combination.


Alcohol addiction continues to remain a problem in New York state. The most commonly abused substance, alcohol can wreak havoc on a person’s life. Rates of binge drinking are at an all-time high in New York, especially among underage drinkers. Long-term alcohol addiction is a significant public health concern.

Across the United States, excessive alcohol use contributes to approximately 88,000 deaths each year. Those with alcohol addiction may suffer from multiple health effects, including:

  • Cirrhosis
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Chronic digestive diseases

Long-standing alcohol abuse has torn apart many families. Unlike other addictions, alcoholism’s symptoms often take years to become evident. During that time, the addiction sufferer damages families and him or herself. Instead of being a fast spiral downwards, alcohol users typically suffer a gradual decline over time.

Where to Go for New York Addiction Help

If you or a loved one is suffering from an addiction, find an addiction specialist now. Family First provides an interventionist in New York, with the option for the addicted individual to be sent to treatment immediately. Our specialists will meet with you and your family to establish an effective intervention.

Drug and alcohol addictions tear families apart, as family members don’t understand how to stop a loved one’s decline into addiction. Thus, our team of intervention counselors will help you understand your loved one’s behaviors and find him or her the long-term help needed.

Our New York intervention process occurs in three phases:

Whole-Family Consultation

The initial consultation has our intervention specialists discussing the addict’s situation with all family members, ensuring everyone is on the same page. The family must show a united front for the intervention to be successful.

Educate the Family About Addiction

At Family First Intervention, we don’t concentrate only on your family member suffering with addiction. We educate families on the processes of addiction and recovery. Ultimately, our goal is to enable the family to take back their lives and recover as a unit. We want success for the family, not just the addiction sufferer.

Perform the Intervention

Time is of the essence when your loved one has an addiction problem. We work with you to quickly address your concerns and help your loved one find the treatment he or she needs.

Family First Intervention in New York

Family First provides New York addiction help for all ages and addiction types. Our approach focuses on the family, educating each member about the disease. We work with you to ensure your family rebuilds and can begin a new life, free from addiction.

Help Is Here

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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