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White House proposes new funding for addiction

President Obama will seek an extra $1.1 billion to pay for drug treatment for people addicted to opioid medications and heroin, which the White House says kills more people than automobile crashes, officials said Tuesday.

The extra money will be included in the upcoming fiscal year 2017 budget request.  Prescription opiods – which are painkillers – and heroin are closely linked. Health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for painkillers in 2012, enough to give every American adult a bottle of pills, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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Obituaries Shed Euphemisms to Chronicle Toll of Heroin

When George P. Gauthier died of an opiate overdose in May at 44, his sister, Cindy Gauthier-Rivera, wrote an obituary that was more like a cry from the heart.

His destructive addictions to heroin, painkillers and alcohol had cost him his marriage, his children, his job and eventually his life, she wrote from her home here in western Massachusetts. An outgoing man who dressed well and loved music and poetry, he had wanted to become a drug counselor, saving others from the abyss. Instead, he plunged further into it; he was found dead at their mother’s house, just a few miles from his sister.

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A Different Path to Fighting Addiction

When their son had to take a medical leave from college, Jack and Wendy knew they — and he — needed help with his binge drinking. Their son’s psychiatrist, along with a few friends, suggested Alcoholics Anonymous. He had a disease, and in order to stay alive, he’d have to attend A.A. meetings and abstain from alcohol for the rest of his life, they said.

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Prescription Drugs Have Pushed Heroin Into the Suburbs

When clean-cut TV heartthrob Cory Monteith was found dead in his Vancouver, Canada, hotel room last summer, it was like being hit with a bucket of ice water for his fans. An autopsy found that Monteith, of Glee fame, had a toxic combination of heroin and alcohol coursing through his body. Suddenly, a hidden nationwide epidemic was front-page news.

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New York Is a Hub in a Surging Heroin Trade

The flood of heroin coming into and going out of New York City has surged to the highest levels in more than two decades, alarming law enforcement officials who say that bigger players are now entering the market to sell the drug here and to feed a growing appetite along the East Coast.

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CB6 Green Lights Red Hook Rehab Center

via The Real Deal

The Urban Recovery House team is excited to announce that the Brooklyn Community Board 6 has voted overwhelmingly in favor of supporting our project.  After months of meetings and presentations, the board felt URH did more then enough to gain support.  The board understood that URH went above and beyond what was required to receive the license from the Office of alcoholism and substance abuse services.

More Press:

Treatment Magazine       

NY Daily News

The Brooklyn Paper

Urban Recovery House invites the Red Hook Community and Brooklyn Community Board 6 for a community town hall meeting and evening of dialogue as we outline our plans to bring a state of the art, residential, methadone free, alcohol and substance abuse facility to Red Hook.


Wednesday February 5th, 2014

6:30pm @ The Miccio

See flyer for more details.


It was important to all involved in this project that the facade of the Urban Recovery House facility match the feel and atmosphere of Red Hook and Brooklyn as a whole.  While these renderings may not be the end result when the building is erected, URH wanted to give everyone a feel for what it may look like.

“I live in this community, I am part of this community and giving back to the surrounding areas will only enhance the community in which I’m living and raising a family.”
Michael Mosrberg, Founder

Urban Recovery House fully intends to back this statement.  This mean URH anticipates hiring locally from within the community. Not to mention that most, if not all, of the catering and supplies bought and used by URH will be sourced locally.  The URH team hopes Brooklyn will welcome us with open arms and we look forward to being an integral part of the neighborhood.

Chiara de Blasio Tells Her Story

For many, the holiday season is a time for joy. But it’s also a time when many of those battling depression and substance abuse find their struggle most difficult. In the hopes of helping others, Chiara de Blasio wants to share her personal story.

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