Mendell founded the national organization Shatterproof, which aims to bring awareness to the 22 million Americans it says are suffering from an addiction to alcohol or drugs.
As many as 45,000 people could die from drug overdoses in the US this year, if the past few years’ trend continues. That’s more Americans than died at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1990s. It’s a serious public health crisis. But if you listen to the many, many people running for president, it barely gets any mention.
Q&A: Former All-American McCants Continues His Road to Recovery
NFL and College All Star Keith McCants appeared on CBS News Sunday Morning show Sunday September 13th for a special feature interview.
Keith McCants, former patient at Reawakenings Wellness Center and now spokesman for the state of the art Drug Addiction Detox and Rehab facility shares his journey to sobriety and owes his success to RWC.
“Reawakening’s offered me treatments and skills that not only helped me get sober but also improve my life. I am able to speak with you today about my journey because of the care I received at Reawakenings. I still go back to Reawakening to talk to those that are currently enrolled in their in and out patient program to share with them my story of Football stardom to addiction.” McCants said.
Helping the Victims of the Long Island Heroin Epidemic:
What Can Be Done?
Long Island is supposed to be the epitome of the American Dream. Nice houses, good schools, clean beaches – the idyllic place to raise children. But for a multitude of families, that dream has turned into a nightmare due to the rampant and alarming rise of heroin addiction. Because of heroin, communities are being destroyed, families are being shattered and, most importantly, precious lives are being lost. In 2013 and 2014, 145 and 137 deaths respectively were the result of heroin overdose.
Once associated with die-hard, down-on-their-luck junkies, heroin has moved into the mainstream — and a typical user looks a lot like the everyday people we know in the neighborhood. Just this past May, Long Island mom Denise Burke and her 18 year-old daughter were charged with sale and possession of heroin, having resorted to dealing the drug to feed their own all-consuming addictions. Teri Kroll, another Long Island mother, lost her 23 year-old son Tim, who became addicted to heroin after being prescribed opiates to treat his migraines when he was just 19.
Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, director of the Long Island Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence sums up the problem thus: “Drug traffickers around the world see America’s first and largest suburb, Long Island, as a prime target for marketing heroin.”
So how do you help a heroin addict? The first and most crucial step is removing them from the people, places and things associated with their substance abuse. Translated: get them out of Long Island and into a top-of-the-line facility where they can focus solely on themselves and their recovery. Reawakenings Wellness Center is located near the warm, serene beaches of Miramar, Florida with 24-hour pickup from the local Ft. Lauderdale airport. Once here, we offer a quiet, medical detox from heroin with every amenity available to make the process as comfortable as possible including housekeeping, laundry service, chef-prepared meals, customized detoxification shakes and the availability of private, single-bed rooms.
While detoxing, patients begin their treatment program immediately through both one-on-one and group therapy sessions. We also specialize in family therapy, as heroin abuse affects not just the user, but the parents, sisters, brothers and other loved ones as well.
Here, victims of the Long Island heroin epidemic will feel at home among other patients who are also moms, dads, working professionals and young adults whose lives have been derailed by drug use. Surrounded by and able to share with their peers, patients have the opportunity to discover and address the root cause of their addiction, then move on to lead rewarding, fulfilled lives.
If you or someone you know is addicted to heroin, don’t hesitate to call us at (855) 925-3669. Hope not lost and recovery is possible. Arise out of addiction. Call Reawakenings today.
Hillary Clinton is proposing $10 billion in new federal grants to combat drug and alcohol addiction, the latest in a string of domestic policy proposals from the Democratic presidential contender.