“Morris County Aftercare Center is, by far and without a doubt, the best organization I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with.”
– Joe A. (MCAC Client)
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.
“I am honored to be part of this organization and am excited about where we are going!”
– Steve Shann, LPN
“Make the choice to save your own life.”
-M.S. (MCAC Client)
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 ten years abusing opiates: the first 6 using pills and the last 4 using exclusively heroin.
Most of us have stereotypes about what an addict looks like, and therefore, most of us have an image of whom we might expect to find at a methadone clinic. Consequently, we have an image of the clinic itself — we think. But as you just saw, there stereotypes are often based on misunderstandings.
The only time in the last ten years that I have been able to stop abusing opiates has been for the past 7 months, since I became a client of Morris County Aftercare Center. This place has done nothing less than save my life.
So many of us resist entering treatment for our addictions because we are absolutely terrified of the prospect of having to endure a prolonged period of debilitatingly painful physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms that we call being “dopesick”. We fear that the people who would be our treatment providers, at best, will not appreciate or care about the horror and pain of our opiate withdrawal symptoms. At worst, we fear that they will actively try to make us suffer in order to “teach us a lesson.”
But when you work in a program like that offered at MCAC, which uses methadone to assuage the debilitating effects of the withdrawal symptoms that are the inevitable result of the abuse of heroin and other opiates, you can begin to rebuild your life. In my experience, since I began treatment I have not felt even minor discomfort as the result of MY DECISION to stop abusing opiates.
The single most important thing to keep in mind about treatment at Morris County Aftercare Clinic, is that their treatment approach, crucially, consists of a combination of medication-assisted treatment and personal, one-on-one, psychological counseling. Basically, they will help you feel normal again, so that you can start to address the things that are tearing your life apart and that will end your life if you choose to ignore them.
At MCAC they understand that you are going to struggle with this, that there will be bumps on the road to recovery. The most important thing, to me about my treatment here, is that the staff finds a way to use your slip ups to help you and to make you conscious of the reasons why they happen. Essentially they tailor the program to fit you.
I have ALWAYS felt completely safe both inside and outside of MCAC clinic. The facility is clean, modern, well lit, and no one is allowed to loiter inside of the clinic or in the parking lot areas.
I hope that you will choose to make a positive change for yourself today. As addicts, we come from all walks of life and each of our stories is unique. If your addiction has gotten to the point that your life has become unbearable, your relationships with friends and family are strained or non-existent, or you are in legal or financial trouble as the direct or indirect result of your addiction, make the choice to save your own life. No one can do it but you
“My advice to anyone who is an addict is Don’t Give Up”
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 t
o 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.