Family, Family, Family

Not only is it important to successful addiction treatment, but family may very well be the greatest and most powerful factor for helping individuals with addiction to recover. I am not talking about functional, well-manicured picture-perfect families. I am talking about dysfunctional, messy, broken souled individuals coming together to help because they love their brother, […]

Sober Living in NYC: What to Look For

Intensive rehab programs help individuals move beyond their dependencies, but the recovery process can take months, even years. Too often, leaving rehab to go home results in relapse. Many addictive substances are associated with high relapse rates even after individuals have undergone medical detox and a rehab program. When individuals return home, they may still […]

Alcoholics Anonymous, Manhattan: Our Meetings

Healing from substance addiction is a process that takes time, and how individuals spend that time is paramount. When an individual’s recovery journey is effectively structured and includes Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, they are poised for a successful outcome. Many of today’s most respected addiction treatment programs are based on 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous. The […]

Alumni Support: Staying Connected After Treatment

Sobriety is a lifelong journey, and staying connected with others in recovery after you finish treatment helps to decrease your risk of relapse. Attending recovery support groups in your community is important for long-lasting sobriety, and alumni events at your treatment center are another way to get support when you need it. Why Sober Social […]

How to Refer Your Patient to New York Center for Living

The following outline details how we here at New York Center for Living plan to collaborate with you during the patient referral process. If a patient at your practice is deemed clinically appropriate by the staff (substance use primary and between the ages of 13 and 30, displaying a willingness to remain abstinent), your team […]

Teenagers And Addiction: They Are Not Simply Younger Adults

“Youth are heated by nature as drunken men by wine”Aristotle (350 B.C.) As the medical field continues to make strides towards gaining a clearer understanding about the disease of addiction, one of the greatest challenges remains the understanding of how drugs of abuse and addiction affect teenagers. Far from being simply “younger versions of adults”, […]

Social Media and Addiction

Word of Mouse Advertising Many of us who work in the field of addiction have long suspected that social media and young people struggling with drug/alcohol addiction go hand in hand.  Previously, if a kid saw several friends drinking or smoking marijuana, he might want to try it himself. In a sense it’s natural for […]

12 Step Meetings

There is a forthcoming article in the July issue of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research that confirms something that those of us who work here at the New York Center for Living already know: going to 12-step meetings helps keep young addicts and alcoholic sober. The study included 127 substance abusers, age 14 […]