Nassau’s Mobile Recovery Unit Helps Over 150 People Tackle Addiction In 1st Year

Mobile opioid recovery unit
Photo credit Sophia Hall/WCBS 880

HICKSVILLE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — A Nassau County addiction recovery center said Thursday that its mobile recovery unit has helped over 150 people since it launched in February 2019.

One year ago, Central Nassau Guidance & Counseling Services unveiled a mobile state-of-the-art drug recovery unit to go out into the communities and help those struggling with addiction.

Veronica Finneran, a staff member onboard the RV unit, says the mobile unit has since revolutionized the way people receive treatment, and she wishes that it was around when she was struggling with an addiction to heroin.

She says if the RV was around, she “wouldn’t have felt as shamed” when seeking out treatment.

“It's a lot different walking into a hospital-type situation, which is what most rehabs were back then, and you're speaking to someone that learned everything through a textbook rather than lived experience,” Finneran said.

Finneran has been in recovery for five years and notes most of the staff inside the RV have first-hand experience with drug addiction.

“I feel like that's a major component of our services, is the fact that a majority of our team has been there,” she said.

The unit travels around Long Island, stopping at parks, parole offices, jails and train stations to help people take the first step to get treatment.

Project Director Keisha Graham Wilson tells WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall that the organization also can pick people up at their homes.

“We have picked up people and we have taken them to detox,” she says.

Over the past year, the RV unit has helped 159 people into recovery. The CN Guidance & Counseling Services base in Hicksville helps hundreds more every year.