SCADD fair reaches out in the fight against heroin

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — Often times people seeking help with addiction will come to the SCADD Detox Center and ring the doorbell. They know help is on the side of the door.

The welcome mat inside reads “Recovery starts here.”

“You come up ring the bell we’ll find some help for you,” says Jack Malone the executive director of SCADD, the Southeast Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency.

He says they have been doing detox in New London for 48 years. 43 years at the location on Coit Street.

“Today you see a much much younger client,” says Malone.

He says instead of alcohol most patients now are addicted to pain medications or opiates like heroin.
SCADD offers inpatient facilities and outpatient treatment in New London and Norwich.

“We believe you try try again with someone. You don’t know at what time someone is going to say I’ll do anything possible to stay sober this time and we keep trying with them,” says Malone.

Today they’re reaching out to the community with this HOPE Fair – Happy Our Programs Exist.

SERAC is one of the agencies there to help.

“We’ll work with connecting providers. Making sure resources are available,” says Rayallen Bergman who was manning SERAC’s booth.

Malone leads his 12 step program by example. He’s been sober for years.

“22 I’ll tell you. In four days it will be 23 but I”m not projecting,” says Malone. “One day at a time that’s how I live my life.”

Community Speaks Out also had a booth at the fair. It is one of the organizations hoping to fight the opioid epidemic.

If you couldn’t make it to the fair don’t worry about it. You can call any of SCADD’s locations and they will connect you with the help you need.

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