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The Consequences of Substance Use Disorder

The Consequences of Substance Use Disorder

Now that you understand the facts about today’s opioid crisis, it’s essential to explore the consequences of substance use disorder. In addition to taking tens of thousands of lives, addiction tears families apart, deprives individuals of their livelihood, and generally imposes enormous burdens on society.



The good news is that there is now widespread acknowledgment that opioid addiction is a massive problem of unprecedented proportions. However, not enough is being done to solve the problem. Solutions are scarce, but most of the healthcare community agrees that medication-assisted treatment (MAT) represents the best way of managing opioid addiction and promoting sustained, long-term recovery.

In our own backyard, access to effective treatment on Long Island is sorely lacking. At one end of the spectrum, there are inpatient residential treatment programs that cost upwards of $2,000 per day and typically target average stays of 30-60 days. That means getting help can cost anywhere between $60,000 and $120,000 – an expense that the majority of those suffering from substance use disorder cannot afford. Those who enter high-end residential programs like this can quickly relapse once discharged if they do not have access to ongoing disease management. At the other end of the spectrum, individual primary care physicians will at times dispense medication-assisted treatment but offer no other care, such as behavioral health therapy. This is an incomplete solution that often fails to achieve sustained recovery.


Victory Recovery Partners (VRP) is here to bridge the gap. Launched by the founders of STAT Health, a large chain of successful urgent care centers that treated substance use disorder patients throughout Suffolk and Nassau Counties, VRP’s experienced staff combines medication-assisted treatment with behavioral health therapy, as well as ongoing case management – all in a cost-effective, convenient outpatient setting.

If you or someone you love is struggling with substance use disorder, don’t wait until it’s too late. Let Victory Recovery Partners help. Visit our website today or call us at 631-696-HELP (4357).

  1. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  2. American Journal of Medicine
  3. Council of Economic Advisors (CEA)


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