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Opening of addiction treatment and research facility in Calverton now slated for March

by Jan 20, 2020
The contractors are finishing up the construction and as soon as the certificate of occupancy is issued, Wellbridge will take occupancy and bring its staff to the facility for about 45 days of training, Wellbridge CEO Andrew Drazan said.

At Wellbridge ceremonial groundbreaking, poignant personal stories underscore the need for understanding addiction

by Oct 25, 2018
Wellbridge CEO Andrew Drazan explained his deeply personal determination to build an addiction research and treatment center today, at ceremonies marking the groundbreaking for the 80-bed, $95 million facility in Calverton — the first of its kind in the U.S.

Addiction research and rehab facility ready to break ground at EPCAL

by Aug 7, 2018
Developers of Peconic Care Addiction Research and Rehabilitation Center got a green light from the Riverhead IDA Aug. 6 to close on financing to build an 80-bed research and rehabilitation facility in Calverton. With all approvals now in place, the developer is ready to break ground.

Ex-councilman Brad Bender talks about prison life and returning home

by Apr 2, 2018
Incarceration is as difficult as one might imagine, but returning home is also fraught with difficult adjustments. Former Southampton Town councilman Brad Bender opens up about his experience in the hope of helping others.

Town set to approve addiction research and rehab facility at EPCAL

by Jan 12, 2018
After several years of review, the town board will take up a resolution next week granting preliminary site plan approval to Peconic Care Research, Recovery and Rehabilitation Center, which will conduct addiction treatment and research on a 95-acre site at EPCAL.

To meet growing demand, ELIH expanding its substance abuse and addiction outpatient program, Quannacut

by Jul 28, 2017
A $1.6 million state grant will help ELIH relocate its Quannacut outpatient facility in Riverhead, doubling its size, and the program will open a third sober house.

Greg Blass This court can save your child’s life

by Feb 13, 2017
The return of the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court in Suffolk County is good news for parents and families.

Suffolk Closeup Suffolk lawmakers take the lead, banning potent, deadly synthetic opioid U-47700

by Oct 30, 2016
Suffolk lawmakers unanimously passed a bill banning the sale of the synthetic opioid U-47700, an ultra-potent and deadly drug that's caused 50 known overdose deaths in the U.S. since December.

Ex-Southampton councilman, bound for federal prison this week, speaks out on addiction, recovery and life’s lessons

by Sep 13, 2016
On Thursday, Bender will surrender himself at the Lewisburg Federal Prison Camp in central Pennsylvania, where he will begin to serve out a two-year sentence for his conviction on a charge of conspiring to sell oxycodone. He sat down for an exclusive interview with RiverheadLOCAL this weekend.

Locals Making a Difference Cleaning up streets — and lives: Riverhead man helps recovering addicts after his own battle with addiction

by Jul 13, 2016
Bobby Hartmann Jr.'s road to recovery led him to starting a Riverhead company that operates sober homes and a new non-profit to assist people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.