Part IV: Drug Addiction – Where to Turn for Help

A local resource guide

By Michael Turton

Heroin addiction has been described as an epidemic both nationally and locally. Ironically, one of the clearest indications of just how widespread the problem is in Putnam County is the extent to which services and programs are available to support individuals and families dealing with addiction. After being spoken about only in hushed tones for many years, a more open conversation about the challenges this serious and sometimes deadly disease presents has finally begun in this community.

What follows is a listing of some of the resources available to help those in need. No one who is fighting addiction or who has a loved one in that situation needs to face it alone.  Help is available in many forms.

Sources on this list are provided for information and convenience only. A listing does not imply an endorsement by Paper of a service provider or organization.

Information Overload: Who to Call?

Anyone in need of help who reads this list and is unsure who to call should start with the Putnam County office of the National Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies (NCADD) at 845-225-4646 or visit their website at

NCADD-Putnam is a not-for-profit organization that deals with alcoholism and other drug addictions. Its mission is to raise awareness about alcohol and other drugs in order to prevent and reduce the incidence of underage drinking, alcoholism and substance abuse. Staff there will point callers in the right direction.

Do You Need an Emergency Naloxone Kit?

If you live with someone who is battling heroin addiction you should have an emergency naloxone kit on hand and know how to use it. Administering naloxone in the event of an overdose can save a life. Minimal training is required. Speak to your family doctor about getting the kit. They are also available through the New York State Department of Health, which distributes emergency kits including the drug, instructions, and training.

Emergency numbers

Police, Ambulance, Fire (911)

Putnam County Crisis Intervention Hotline (845-225-1222)
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, staffed by qualified personnel who speak with callers and make recommendations based on the situation.

 24-hour Crisis Hotline
Green Chimney’s, Brewster. Immediate intervention for youth and families

Child and adolescent assessment services

RISE for Children’s Health (845-225-2700, x110)
Putnam Family and Community Services
Trained professionals provide confidential screening to children at locations such as schools, daycare centers, and doctor’s offices. Children are linked to needed services.

Community Outreach Center, Green Chimneys (845-279-2588)
A safe and productive place at 965 Route 22 in Brewster for youth to interact with peers and participate in activities to promote positive youth development. Free after-school and evening activities, intervention and prevention programs, and counseling services are available to community youth ages 10-20.

Family support and education

Drug Crisis in Our Backyard is a community action organization dedicated to increasing public awareness of the rampant use of opiates in our community. It also has a Facebook group. Upcoming Events include a speaker series at 7 p.m. on March 13 at Phoenix House, 3151 Stoney St., Shrub Oak, and a meeting on April 23 at a Haldane PTA meeting with the Putnam County Coalition.

National Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies (NCADD)
67 Gleneida Ave., Carmel. Office Hours: 8-4, Mon-Fri
Phone 845-225-4646 or email: [email protected]

Addiction counseling

Lynne Ward, LCSW
75 Main St., Cold Spring
[email protected] or 917-597-6905
Individuals, couples, adolescents, children

Alan D. Lampert, LCSW, CASAC
1279 Route 311, Suite A101, 
Adolescents, families, adults, dual diagnosis

JoAnne Elliott, LCSW
2205 Village Drive
, Brewster
Evaluations, adolescents, families, adults, dual diagnosis

John R. McCarron, LCSW, CASAC, CPP
P.O. Box 356, 
Mahopac Falls
Adults, alcohol and drugs, evaluations

Loretta Parrish, LCSW-R, CASAC
19 Katonah Road, Carmel
845-225-6176 also lists more than 20 local addiction counselors.

Treatment providers: inpatient and outpatient

Arms Acres (845-225-5202)
75 Seminary Hill Rd., Carmel
Services: adolescent, men & women, family programs, detox

Midwestern Connecticut Council on Alcoholism
38 Old Ridgebury Road, Danbury, Conn.
Services: men, women, family programs and outreach

St. Christopher’s Inn (800-424-0027)
21 Franciscan Way, Garrison
Services: men’s shelter, day and evening programs, ambulatory detox, family program, men and women’s evening program, suboxone services

Turning Point at St. Francis Hospital (845-483-5100)
241 North Rd., Poughkeepsie
[email protected]
Services: adults, day rehab, day intensive

Treatment providers: inpatient only

Walter Hoving Home (845-424-3674)
P.O. Box 194, Garrison
Services: women only, long-term care

Phoenix House Academy (914-962-2491 / 212-831-1555)
3151 Stony Street, Shrub Oak
Services: adolescent rehab and high school

Treatment providers: outpatient only

Lexington Center for Recovery ( 914-666-6740)
24 Smith Ave. Mount Kisco
Services: children, adolescent, men and women’s day programs (845-225-2700 x102 or x104 (intake)
1808 Rte 6, Carmel
Services: men’s, women’s programs, school and community based prevention programs, co-occurring disorders group


Alcoholics Anonymous

Al-Anon (914-946-1748)

Al-Anon Teen

Narcotics Anonymous (

Naranon (800-477-6291 / 310-534-8188)
Meetings in Brewster and Yorktown Heights

To report drug-related Crimes

Putnam County Sheriff’s Drug Hotline (845-225-DRUG)
Tips can be left anonymously; details are important.

Putnam County Sheriff’s Department (845-225-4300)

New York State Police (845-279-6161)

Cold Spring Police Department (845-265-3407 or 845-265-9551)
85 Main St., Cold Spring

2 thoughts on “Part IV: Drug Addiction – Where to Turn for Help

  1. Thank you, Mike, for pulling all of this important information and contacts together in one place. This is a huge public service. Very well done.

  2. I’d like to thank Mike Turton for revealing a not-so-hidden situation. We all like to the other way when something does not directly impact us. Unfortunately, here is a situation that indirectly has consequences for all in the community. Kudos, Mike, for shedding a light.