A Community-Based Outpatient Chemical Dependency Treatment Center

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50th Anniversary Celebration

Friends of Bridge, Inc. 50th Anniversary Mini Golf Tournament & Luncheon

Cancelled due to COVID-19

May 30th 11AM for Mini Golf Tournament

2:30 PM Luncheon Begins

May 31st Rain Date

Please register for Mini Golf Tournament by Friday May 15th

Forms of payment

We accept Medicaid / Managed Medicaid / Primary Insurance

Aetna

Beacon Health

Cigna

Empire BC/BS

Empire BC/BS HealthPlus

Fidelis Care / NYS Catholic Health Plan

HealthFirst PHSP, Inc.

Optum / Optum Behavioral / United Healthcare (UHC)

Value Options Network / GHI / NYS HIP / VSNY / NYS Empire / OSCAR

Wellcare Inc.

We also allow clients to self-pay / Sliding scale payments are available for those at lower income levels. No one will be turned down due to an inability to pay.

Know the real risks of Marijuana use


“Approximately 1 in 10 people who use marijuana will become addicted. When they start before age 18, the rate of addiction rises to 1 in 6.”

Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal substance in the U.S. and its use is growing. Marijuana use among all adult age groups, both sexes, and pregnant women is going up. At the same time, the perception of how harmful marijuana use can be is declining. Increasingly, young people today do not consider marijuana use a risky behavior.

But there are real risks for people who use marijuana, especially youth and young adults, and women who are pregnant or nursing. Today’s marijuana is stronger than ever before. People can and do become addicted to marijuana.

Marijuana Risks

Marijuana use can have negative and long-term effects:

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Brain health: Marijuana can cause permanent IQ loss of as much as 8 points when people start using it at a young age. These IQ points do not come back, even after quitting marijuana.

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Mental health: Studies link marijuana use to depression, anxiety, suicide planning, and psychotic episodes. It is not known, however, if marijuana use is the cause of these conditions.

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Athletic Performance: Research shows that marijuana affects timing, movement, and coordination, which can harm athletic performance.

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Driving: People who drive under the influence of marijuana can experience dangerous effects: slower reactions, lane weaving, decreased coordination, and difficulty reacting to signals and sounds on the road.

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Baby’s health and development: Marijuana use during pregnancy may cause fetal growth restriction, premature birth, stillbirth, and problems with brain development, resulting in hyperactivity and poor cognitive function. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other chemicals from marijuana can also be passed from a mother to her baby through breast milk, further impacting a child’s healthy development.

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Daily life: Using marijuana can affect performance and how well people do in life. Research shows that people who use marijuana are more likely to have relationship problems, worse educational outcomes, lower career achievement, and reduced life satisfaction.

Did You Know?

Friends of Bridge has an Adolescent Outpatient Day Program with an Educational Component. All High School Coursework is taught on an individual basis by Certified NYS Special and Regular Education Teachers. The program is Monday through Friday, 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. In addition, each adolescent receives daily psycho-educational, recovery and relapse prevention group counseling. Individual, Family Counseling and Focused Parents Groups are also available as well.

If you have an adolescent referral or need additional information about our Adolescent Program please call us at 516-825-4242.