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44th Annual Suicide Prevention Week September 10 – 16 2017

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO #STOPSUICIDE #NSPW17 National Suicide Prevention Week is the Sunday through Saturday surrounding World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10th. SPCLI will be holding 2 training sessions for SafeTALK: Suicide Alertness For Everyone on September 11th SafeTALK is a two-and-a-half to three-hour training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to […]

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The 2017 theme, “Connecting the Dots: Opportunities for Recovery” is designed to draw attention to the many opportunities individuals, families, and communities have to help prevent teen alcohol use. Reducing underage drinking is critical to securing a healthy future for America’s youth and in a society that continually promotes alcohol and drug use at every […]

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  Alternatives Counseling Services and Southampton High School Introduce: teenintervene SHS is proud to announce a partnership with Alternatives Counseling Services to bring teenintervene to our school community. teenintervene, led by Karen Martin of Alternatives Counseling Services, includes a specific focus on alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco use and is proven to reduce the use of […]

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Congratulations to our Shinnecock Youth who completed the 2016 National Indian Youth Project Venture Leadership Project.

Congratulations to our Shinnecock Youth who completed the 2016 National Indian Youth Project Venture Leadership Project. The Project Venture promotes a productive community of positive peer culture of youth who have developed a heroic value system that ranged from ages 10- 12 years of age. The program encourages the children to work together to build […]

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Suffolk County Sues Pharmaceutical Companies Over Drug Abuse

Suffolk County lawmakers have taken their fight against opioid addiction to the manufacturers. On Wednesday the county sued 11 pharmaceutical companies and four physicians who attorneys said promoted the drugs’ use. The lawsuit, filed in New York State Supreme Court, alleges the companies engaged in fraudulent and misleading marketing by omitting details on the use […]

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Shinnecock Members Head West For Paddle To Nisqually

  Four members of the Shinnecock Indian Nation have made their way to Seattle, Washington, to join forces with other Native American tribes in the annual Tribal Canoe Journey, known this year as Paddle to Nisqually.They are catching the tail end of a canoe journey that began earlier this month, with paddlers en route to […]

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Project Venture Paddle Journey

On June 5th several members of Alternatives Project Venture program participated in a historic event.  The Hokule’a world wide voyage arrived in NYC where they were greeted and honored by various New York Tribal leaders, Shinnecock Youth Council, and Project Venture participants.  The Hokule’a is a traditional double-hulled Polynesian voyaging canoe that is traveling around […]

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A great way to make children understand addiction.

A unique way to make children understand the process of addiction has been illustrated in “Nuggets” a short animated film by Andreas Hykade who teaches Animation at the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Animation at Harvard University. The kiwi tastes the golden nugget and it is delicious.  

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Lessons from the Land and Sea

Alternatives Counseling’s Project Venture and the Shinnecock Youth Council are gearing up for and exciting program year.  Culture is the strength and resiliency of the Shinnecock people and the hope for a positive future.  This year we will be focusing on the “Lessons from the Land and Sea”.  We have begun a project with the […]

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Mother’s Day is May 8th. Shop at in support of Alternatives Counseling Services Inc and increase your donation potential.

Mother’s Day is May 8th. Shop at in support of Alternatives Counseling Services Inc and increase your donation potential. AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile […]

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Teen drugs and alcohol statistics

  With the growing population comes an increasing amount of harmful substances that can fall into the hands of teens. To spread awareness of drug trends, the harm of substance addiction and teen mental health issues we have compiled statistics and data from credible sources into shareable information. The teen drugs and alcohol statistics can be shared across […]

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Alternatives Counseling Services Proudly Presents Alcohol and Drug Education Series

Starting Wednesday April 6th and running weekly until Wednesday April 27th 2016 The goal of this carefully developed 4 session series is: – To understand how to create an environment of hope and healing for families and individuals struggling with drugs and alcohol. – To provide participants with the ability to understand how the recovery […]

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Learn About The Prescription And Over-The-Counter Drugs That Teens Are Most Commonly Abusing

Orange Crush, Hydro, Bennies? Learn about the prescription and over-the-counter drugs that teens are most commonly abusing, including what they look like, their street or slang names, how they’re taken and what the potential side effects are. Here is the complete list Prescription and Over-The Counter Drugs VIA

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Celebs are Bringing Recovery to the Mainstream

Over the past few years there have been numerous celebrities in both film and music that have been upfront regarding their past substance abuse and subsequent recovery. In this blog post Tim Stoddart from Sober Nation observes how celebrities have come forward with their stories of recovery and how their stories can be inspiring. Read […]

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Senate Majority Leader Flanagan And Republican Conference To Include $167 Million For Opioid Abuse Prevention, Treatment, Recovery And Education

Read what Senate Majority Leader John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction Co-Chairs have to say about the $167 million in funding to strengthen prevention, treatment, recovery, and education services as part of its 2016-17 budget proposal. In addition to this significant funding commitment, the […]

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Republican Controlled Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Landmark Opioid Bill – the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA)

  Rep. Zeldin Praises Senate Passage of CARA to Combat the Heroin Epidemic; Urges House to Vote on Bill March 10, 2016 Press Release Patchogue, NY –Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), member of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, announced today that a bill he cosponsors in the House of Representatives, the […]

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How Bad is the Opioid Epidemic?

The opioid epidemic has been called the worst drug crisis in American history. Death rates now rival those of AIDS during the 1990s, and with overdoses from heroin and other opioids now killing more than 27,000 people a year, the crisis has led to urgent calls for action. The epidemic didn’t happen overnight. Over the course […]

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