Morris County Aftercare Center is, by far and without a doubt, the best organization I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. If it were up to me, I would canonize Executive Director Lorna Tangara and her staff. I found the “balance” my life needed at MC Aftercare. Before I became a client, my life was one of extremes. Like a yo-yo, I either did exceedingly well or exceedingly bad. From being a-happy-go-lucky-child to being physically abused by my father and sexually abused by my neighbor, I took matters in my own hands as a teen and started using drugs to self-medicate. Still, I continued to work and, in 1985, I was fortunate enough to serve President Ronald Reagan at a Republican fundraiser and, later that year, I also served all 50 governors during the Annual Governors Convention. But I was high the entire time. Even though I was on drugs, I struggled the entire time and advanced my career, transferring to New York City. Unfortunately, the yo-yo that was my life snapped all the way back when I lost control of my drug habit and ended up selling drugs on 9th Avenue in Manhattan and living in a different rat-infested hotel every night. I ended up spending 12 years in prison but got my life together, and went to Marist College, graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelors of Arts degree. Unfortunately, several years later I endured a serious injury. I was prescribed opioid pain relievers and I managed successfully for about 7 years, but then they stopped working and my yo-yo life spun out of control again when I made the fatefully wrong decision to self-medicate with heroin. By the time I showed up at MC Aftercare, I was an absolute mess. But the Executive Director took me under her angel wings, assigned me an awesome counselor, and worked with me and the doctor to help me obtain a dose of methadone that has kept me stable for the past 3 years. It hasn’t been a straight-line to success; there have been setbacks indeed. But one of MC Aftercare’s greatest assets is that they will work with you and get you the help and support you need. In my case, I needed to see a psychiatrist, and the Executive Director got me an appointment with the psychiatrist that is on staff! More recently, I was hospitalized and the hospital was giving me a hard time about giving me my methadone dose. Fortunately, I was able to reach the Executive director after hours who contacted the Director of Nursing, who contacted the hospital to confirm my dose! The fact that this happened after hours on a Friday night should be ample proof of how much MCAC’s Executive Director and staff care about their patients! Morris County Aftercare will also help you obtain funding if you qualify, or they will work with you or your insurance to help pay for your care. In conclusion, I am so very grateful to the Executive Director, the psychiatrist, my counselor and the nursing staff for the outstanding care they have provided me over the past 3 years. I’ve learned that in order to be truly happy, life must have balance. With Morris County Aftercare’s support, my yo-yo life has stopped swinging from one extreme to the other and I realize that although I am responsible for maintaining balance, Morris County Aftercare is just a phone call away if I need help.
Hello, my name is M.S. and I am a professor at a local college and a large state university. I have Bachelor of Arts degrees with High Honors in English and Political Science from a large state university. I have a Master of Arts degree in Literature from a more prestigious private university where I am “All But Dissertation” (basically I have to finish my dissertation) on a Ph.D. If you were to look at my life, on paper, and you were asked to put in it one of two piles — the “addict” pile, or the “normal” pile — you, probably without a second thought, would put it right in to the “normal” pile.
…and you would be wrong.
I have spent countless nights trying to figure a way I can scam enough money for my next high. With no thought of my family, friends, possessions or honesty my addiction took over my life. As I sat in a train overpass, freezing, looking around after losing my home, my kids and my will to live I knew I had to get help or die. After numerous failures to get clean, I was about to give up.
I gave one last attempt at life and called MCAC methadone clinic. My counselor was non judging and showed nothing but concern and faith in me which is something I hadn’t felt in a long time. I now live a clean, healthy life with m family. I am gaining my friends, possessions and trust back day by day.
My advice to anyone who is an addict is Don’t Give Up. It takes no time at all to destroy your life with drugs. But the joy I have is knowing everyday I wake up is another day clean. There is help out there for us, All of us.
– Anthony S.