Addiction treatment is as important as it ever has been in communities around the region.
“This is different, but we went through similar things after Sept. 11,” Dr. Charlie Morgan told the Finger Lakes Times. “People were afraid of being isolated. We saw an increase in a return to alcohol and drug use.”
Morgan himself is a recovering addict. He’s been clean for nearly 40 years. He understands the difficulty that goes into that process.
“For people getting sober, traumatic events provide certain challenges, and any traumatic event can increase the reuse of alcohol and drugs, although I don’t like to use the term relapse. People with decades of sobriety feel a heaviness at this time. It’s a similar feeling to Sept. 11, but I don’t want to compare this to that,” Morgan explained to the FLT.
Wayne Behavioral Health and FLACRA, to name a couple, are continuing to provide assistance to clients. There are countless others doing so in the region, as well.
Jim Haitz, director of the Wayne County Mental Health Department and Wayne Behavioral Health, told the FLT that staffing levels remain full at the facility in Lyons.
“We also see in-person patients who are receiving injection medications and continue to provide that via our mobile clinic, which has been stationed … in the parking lot of our main clinic location,” he said. “We also continue to accept referrals of new patients and can complete our admissions evaluation using one of those technologies, and we can also begin medication treatment for people with either or both mental health and addiction problems.”