Children seeking rehab for addiction


DOUBLED. TUCKED AWAY ON A QUIET ROAD IN
THE VILLAGE OF MASSENA IS ROSE
HILL.>>A LOT OF THE KIDS COME IN
KIND OF KICKING AND SCREAMIN
LIZ: IT’S A HOME AWAY FROM HOME
FOR CHILDREN ADDICTED TO DRUGS.>>AND USUALLY THE FIRST COUPLE
OF WEEKS ARE REALLY ROUGH. LIZ: PROGRAM DIRECTOR TINA
BUCKLEY SEES FIRST-HAND THE
IMPACT HEROIN IS HAVING ON SOME
OF ITS YOUNGEST VICTIMS.>>A LOT OF THEM WHEN YOU DO
THEIR INITIAL EVALUATION WILL
REPORT THAT THEIR EARLY ONSET OF
USAGE IS STARTING BETWEEN 9 AND
10. MOST OF THE TIME THEY START WITH
MARIJUANA AND THEN THAT QUICKLY
ESCALATES TO OTHER SUBSTANCES. LIZ: SUBSTANCE ABUSE, LIKE
HEROIN, IS ON THE RISE. IN 2016, BUCKLEY SAYS 23% OF ITS
ADMITTED CHILDREN WERE DIAGNOSED
WITH OPIATE ADDICTION. AND SO FAR IN 2018 THAT NUMBER
RISING QUICKLY TO MORE THAN 32%.>>AND WE’RE ONLY HALF-WAY
THROUGH THIS YEAR AND WE’RE
ALREADY MORE THAN WHAT WE WERE
FOR ALL OF LAST YEAR. LIZ: THERE’S A MONTH-LONG
WAITLIST TO GET ONE OF THE 14
BEDS RESERVED FOR
16 TO 20-YEAR-OLDS.>>OUR YOUNGER HALLWAY IS ALL
SINGLE BEDS. LIZ: THEY HAVE DOUBLED THE
NUMBER OF BEDS TO KEEP UP WITH
DEMAND. THERE ARE NOW 14 OF THEM.>>PEOPLE ARE COMING IN AS SOON
AS THEY CAN. LIZ: WHEN THEY GET HERE THEY’RE
GIVEN A TEDDY BEAR,
A SOCIAL WORKER,
A COUNCILOR,
THREE MEALS A DAY,
AND RECREATIONAL TIME. TOOLS THEY CAN USE TO OVERCOME
THEIR OBSTACLES SO THAT WHEN
THEY LEAVE AFTER 90 DAYS —
>>PHYSICALLY THEY LOOK
DIFFERENT THEY LOOK HEALTHIER. THEIR SKIN, THEIR COMPLEXION
CLEARS

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