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Rehab Revisited

Dear Editor,

Thank you, Mr. Gordon and Rabbi Gluck, for again bringing the opioid-addiction epidemic—and a true epidemic it is—to the attention of the Jewish community (“10 Days, 5 Deaths,” July 7). The serious issues that you and the rabbi raise are important. But there is much more that needs to be brought to the attention of the community at large and its leaders.

Those struggling with addiction, and their family members, need to understand the terrible power of addiction. Therefore, I would like to take your editorial some steps further.

Rehab is only the first step in the process of becoming clean and sober. It is important and necessary for rehab to be followed by aftercare treatment by qualified addiction specialists in order to monitor recovery. Without appropriate monitoring post-rehab, relapse and overdose is, as you state, a dire possibility.

Upon leaving a rehab facility, it may be necessary to initiate medical or pharmacological interventions such as monthly injections of extended-release naltrexone or possibly mood stabilizers or antidepressant medication in conjunction with intensive psychotherapy by a qualified addiction specialist.

Family and self-help group support is also necessary in an effort to surround addicted persons with an atmosphere of love and acceptance as they go through the recovery process. In this regard, it is crucial for family members to keep in mind that addiction is a true disease with both physical and mental symptoms. Therefore, for successful outcomes, family members must bite the bullet and not try to hide the situation for fear of stigma or shame. A potential death of a child by drug overdose is much, much more to be feared.

The following is addressed to those who are caught in the trap of addiction, those who are in recovery from addiction, and those who are heading in that direction but not yet caught:

What Your Addiction Does Not Want You to Know

It is constantly hovering over you, waiting for an opportunity to strike.

If you engage it in any way, you will lose.

It knows your vulnerabilities, and will approach you through them.

It is a liar and a manipulator.

It is very patient.

It loves secrecy and stealth . . . it is a vampire and it is out to get you.

What You Can Do About It

Constantly be aware of its presence.

Never have a conversation with it. Divert or distract yourself, but do not speak to it.

Know your own triggers and vulnerabilities, and keep them safe from its coaxing and cajoling.

Recognize the lies and manipulations it uses.

Avoid complacency and keep up your guard. Remember, it is very patient.

Talk to others about your thoughts and cravings. Bringing your feelings out into the light can destroy the vampire.

Nancy Korngold, LMHC, CASAC

Staten Island

Let Your Voice Be Heard

The Five Towns Civic Association would like to remind everyone about two important upcoming local events.

Supervisor Anthony Santino and Councilman Anthony D’Esposito would like to meet with their constituents. They have scheduled two events right here in the Five Towns to address the concerns of the community. Please make every effort to attend. This is your opportunity to address them and tell them what’s on your mind, especially regarding the impact of the sale of the Woodmere Club to a developer and how this will affect quality of life in the Five Towns.

  1. Thursday, July 20, 4:00–6:00 p.m. at Town of Hempstead Parking Field H6, Franklin Avenue and East Broadway in Hewlett.
  2. Sunday, July 30, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. in Parking Field W3, Irving Place and Central Avenue in Woodmere.

Mark your calendars! The FTCA needs a large turnout. Please come out in force and let your voices be heard.

Rena Saffra

Caring About TrumpCare

Dear Editor,

When FDR assumed the presidency in 1933, he embarked on one of the most audacious economic-recovery programs in U.S. history, referred to as the New Deal. It is likely that a majority of the American public is unaware that the federal government pulled off what I humbly deem the largest financial scandal in American history, with the passage of Social Security in 1935. FDR sold the program as an insurance program, under which there would be a trust fund so you would receive that money later at retirement. It turned out, as was feared, that it was neither an insurance—it was a tax—nor was there a trust fund, as every penny that reached the feds was consumed by some agency or department within the government.

In 2008, the world found about Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, what would probably be deemed the second-largest scandal in American history.

Fast-forward to 2017, and the Republican Party has successfully pulled off what can be considered the third-biggest scandal in American history: the false promise to repeal and replace ObamaCare with a free-market alternative. The Republican Party sent to Obama’s desk during his presidency a full repeal, which he predictably vetoed. Now with a monopoly on all three branches of the federal government, why won’t they do the same with President Trump?

I’ll tell you why: because they’ve become a “progressive light” party. They’ve essentially capitulated to the basic Democratic Party notion that government should control your healthcare. They’ve become complicit in stripping your freedom to choose. That’s why they won’t support the Cruz–Lee amendment, which would allow insurance companies to sell whatever insurance plans they want, to whomever they want, provided that they sell at least one ObamaCare-approved plan.

Since when did it become controversial in America to allow people the freedom to choose the type of healthcare plan they believe serves their best interests? On top of that, Republicans tout their plan as a “free market” program. And they’re so brilliant that when under their plan the health-insurance market collapses, the entire left wing of America will blame capitalism. Their complicity in the Democratic agenda will surely lead the way to socialized medicine—the most cruel and inhumane healthcare system on the face of the earth.

Allow me to leave off with this question: Can anyone name a single good or service (that the Constitution doesn’t give exclusive authority to the federal government to control, such as the military, etc.) that the government has produced or can produce better than the private sector?

Sincerely,

Rafi Metz

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