In "Heroin measures don't go far enough" [Opinion, June 27], the writer highlights some glaring needs in the package of bills approved by the State Legislature.

An additional problem in the sober-home industry is that most of the residents are no longer coming from inpatient treatment, which over four weeks increases motivation and commitment to recovery. Instead, many are coming from detox or the street, with a questionable commitment to abstinence. This places others in the therapeutic milieu of the residences in jeopardy.

This speaks to the lack of authorizations for inpatient treatment with the potential impact of the recent health insurance law changes an unknown entity. In addition, still missing and consistently overlooked are the lack of recovery supports after treatment.

Individuals begin to rehabilitate in treatment, yet they recover in the community. Long Island sorely needs a recovery center; let's continue the job that has been started by encouraging our lawmakers to invest in recovery community organizations.

Folks in early recovery can secure supports and work closely with peers to reduce relapse while dramatically improving the chances of lasting recovery. Recovery centers are largely peer-driven, accommodate family members and serve as clearing houses for related needs, services and referrals.

The recent legislative package will have a significantly greater impact if we are able to add such supports.

Richard Buckman, Dix Hills

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Editor's note: The writer is the president of the Long Island Recovery Association, which advocates for people affected by alcoholism and drug dependence.