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 Testimonial #1:
I am a single 34 year old female school administrator who was involved in an auto accident. I injured my lower back and suffered from chronic pain. My doctor prescribed Vicodin for pain and physical therapy for rehabilitation. My tolerance for pain medication increased and I became addicted to the pain medication. I started taking more than what I was prescribed, and I began buying the additional Vicodin pain pills on the street. As a result, I was unable to work. I contacted the EARS Recovery Program by recommendation of my Doctor. I made an appointment and started treatment. Dr. Simon A. Zysman and his clinical staff treated me with dignity and respect. They treat addiction as a disease. They took me off the pain killers and put me on Suboxone and other medications. As a result of counseling and medication assisted therapy, my life began to change for the better. My pain became more tolerable, I had more energy, felt more alert, more aware, and I was able to regain self control. My functional capacity dramatically improved, and I was able to return to work. I am now able to function at work and my life has become more enjoyable and productive.

I felt very comfortable relating and interacting with the staff at EARS. They are highly knowledgeable and caring individuals who helped me to achieve recovery from the disease of opioid addiction.

I recommend the EARS Recovery Program to anyone in need of addiction treatment without reservations. 

Thank you for giving me my life back.

Testimonial #2:
I am a 58 year old alcoholic. My wife divorced me because of my alcoholism and my adult married daughter and mother of two children wanted nothing to do with me. I was very depressed and lonely. I only found comfort making love to my bottle of Vodka. I started treatment at EARS and my life began to change. Today I am a recovering alcoholic who takes his medication to control for alcohol cravings, anxiety, and depression. I participate in counseling, and attend AA. The EARS program helped me to deal with my terminally ill parents, their eventual death, and bereavement issues without relapsing on alcohol. I now have a relationship with my daughter, son-in-law, and my two grandchildren. I am maintaining a relationship with my daughter and we go on an annual family vacation one time per year for one week. Today I am making better choices and my life is more productive and meaningful.

Dr. Simon A. Zysman and his staff are very understanding, non judgmental, compassionate, and caring people. They are a pleasure to deal with.

Thank you for helping me to find my way to recovery and reconciling with my family.

Testimonial #3:
I am a 28 year old female with a history of addiction to heroin. In order to support my heroin addiction I use to shoplift. I relapsed and was again arrested for stealing. Upon release from jail I was placed on 5 years probation and was mandated to chemical dependency treatment. I attended treatment at another program for 15 months 6 days per week. My craving for heroin, depression, and excessive anxiety persisted. A friend referred me to EARS for treatment separate and apart from my mandated Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). An intake was done at EARS and the decision was made to start treatment on Suboxone. Within one week my cravings for heroin, depression, and excess anxiety had substantially decreased. I had more energy, was sleeping better, felt more animated, no longer avoided social interaction with family, and felt more ”normal”. After 60 days of treatment, my mother was happy to have me back, the way I was before becoming an addict. My probation officer was amazed by my noticeable improvement, and my mandated program reduced the IOP visits from 6 days per week to 3 days per week. After 90 days my mandated IOP treatment was completed and I was discharged. I continued my treatment on Suboxone and counseling at EARS. I started college pursuing a career as a Para-legal and I did well academically. I got a part time job working in a medical doctor’s office and after one year I became the Office Manager on a full time basis. I am now engaged to be married and have fully re-integrated into my family. They are all very proud of me. Probation terminated my legal obligation early due to the dramatic improvement in treatment and good behavior. I am taking my medication as prescribed and participate in individual counseling at EARS. I am never leaving the EARS program because you gave me my life back. I am happy and content with my life today.

Testimonial #4:
​​My life was a mess (disorganized & in disarray) and unmanageable (my life was spiraling out of control and there was nothing I could do to stop it. I was like a runaway train. An accident waiting for me to self-destruct). My relationship with the mother of my 10 months old son was falling apart and she asked me to move out because she could no longer tolerate my out of control behavior and felt that I was a potential danger to our son. My anxiety was very high with uncontrollable panic attacks. My emotions were horrible. I had severe mood swings from being manic to being very depressed. I felt like I was going out of my mind. Basically, just living for the “next” high. My life was preoccupied with drug seeking behavior. I never had money and I was constantly broke because all my money was used to buy drugs. I was always angry and fighting with people I love as well as strangers. Whoever and whenever. It was killing everything I love. I was hurting and damaging anyone and everyone who cared about me. A one man wrecking crew. At that point in my life I was not happy and healthy. I was miserable, desperate, angry, nasty, impulse, and preoccupied with drug seeking behavior. I hated myself, my life, and being the person that I have become as an active addict. My life as an active addict has been a living nightmare. My life has changed dramatically since I started treatment at EARS. Dr. Simon Zysman and his staff provided me with Ambulatory Detoxification from Heroin, counseled me about the disease concept of Heroin addiction, and on how to regain self-control. The doctor prescribed medication to reduce my painful withdrawals symptoms, insomnia, anxiety, and cravings for Heroin. The outcome has been remarkable. I now have regained self-control and I am no longer preoccupied with drug seeking behavior. I am working full time, supporting my son instead of my drug dealer, living with my son & his mother, and spending quality time with my family. My parents are very proud of me. They tell me that they now have their son back the way I was before I became an active addict. Gaining self-control over my Heroin addiction is like a natural high. I am no longer a preoccupied with Heroin seeking behavior. I am grateful to Dr. Zysman and the EARS program for giving me my life back and for making it possible for me to function like a normal human being. 

Testimonial #5:
I was miserable. I made everyone around me miserable as well. I couldn’t stop using. I had no direction in life. When I finally decided to stop, the withdrawals were horrible. I was nauseous, hot, cold, sweaty, achy, and more uncomfortable than I have ever been in my life. I made a 180 degree turn after getting involved in treatment with Dr. Simon Zysman at EARS. I have now regained self-control and I have never been happier. I feel so amazing and healthy! I finally have complete control over my life and I will never EVER go back to the old ways of living as an addict.

I am a 48 year old Mechanical Engineer, who suffered a back injury in the workplace. The doctor referred me for physical therapy and prescribed Vicodin pain medication to help me cope with the pain. I became addicted to the pain medication and my tolerance for the Vicodin pills dramatically increased over time. I had to turn to the street to buy more Vicodin pills and became preoccupied with drug seeking behavior.  I began treatment with Dr. Simon Zysman at EARS and after a period of one month I went through a major transition both physically and mentally. Last month, I was a slave to Vicodin. Everything I had planned, thought of, and my daily activities revolved around whether or not I had Vicodin pills. Even my dreams had pills in them. Now I feel free of this. Vicodin is no longer part of my life. I am not scared of running out of pills. My life has changed drastically. I feel great. I am not tired. I look forward to the rest of my day. I have already completed many projects that I indefinitely put on hold. I look forward to tomorrow. This barely scratches the surface. I feel like I have been reborn.

Comments by Dr. Simon Zysman: While under the influence of Opioid pills, patient found himself getting more addicted and out of control. His entire existence revolved around drug seeking behavior. From the time he woke up in the morning till the time he went to bed. With the help of treatment, he regained self-control. He no longer feels like a slave to his drug. Now when he gets up in the morning his primary preoccupation is what to have for breakfast. Drugs no longer control and dominate his life. The change in him was easily noticeable to anyone who knows and cares about him. That included people who knew about his opioid addiction problem (wife & mother) as well as people who were not aware of his addiction. He is no longer experiencing the following symptoms: Elevated pulse, chills, flushing, excessive sweating, restlessness, pain in the bones & joints, nose running, eyes tearing, nasal stuffiness, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, tremors, stomach cramps, yawning, excessive anxiety, irritability, and gooseflesh. He is now able to function like a normal human being and is being more productive in the workplace and at home.

Testimonial #6:
I am a 55-year-old married college educated Afro-American male and the father of 3 adult daughters. I began using Alcohol at age 12, Cannabis at age 15, and Heroin at age 25. My wife has been the backbone and glue that held the family together. She had her first stroke in 2014 and went out on disability from her Civil Service Job. She subsequently suffered multiple strokes in the past 3 years and is currently in a sub-acute care nursing home program. I was having difficulty coping with my wife’s deteriorating health problems and my heroin use escalated to 30 bags per day sniffing. I signed myself into a Detox unit at Saint Charles Hospital for 4 days in 2015. I was re-admitted to Saint Charles Hospital in 2017 for Detox + inpatient Rehabilitation for 11 days and was referred to the EARS outpatient chemical dependency program for aftercare treatment. I actively participated in the EARS Ambulatory Detox Program, Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), psychiatric care, and individual therapy to help me deal with my Heroin addiction and to learn to cope with my wife’s deteriorating health problems.

The EARS program saved my life. It gave me direction and helped me to start believing in truth about myself. Without the Buprenorphine medication prescribed at EARS and counseling, I would never have been able to stop using Heroin and I would be dead. I am very grateful to the multidisciplinary staff at EARS. The EARS program is “top notch”.

Testimonial #7:
I am a 35 year old college graduate, single white male with a history of addiction to Heroin (10-20 bags per day IV). I managed to alienate myself from family and friends. The road traveled has been a long and tumulus journey. I have seen stars shine and burn. I have run long and hard only to find myself stuck in the same position; alone, scared, and full of anger. When I finally came up for air, my blood shot eyes adjusting to the light. I see nothing, no home, no car, no money, and no friends. All my relationships are in shambles. The words; “we are tired of finding you dead on the floor, we no longer want to revive you”. A deafening statement. My solution… was to end it all. The pain, the heartache, and the loss all to keep me company in that pit of despair. With all my strength, I tried to shut my eyes one last time and drift off to sleep. I woke up! How or why is neither here nor there, but I woke up. At this moment I gave up, I decided my way is the wrong way. I was forced into help that I now see as a blessing. Thru that I was given much needed time to reflect and decide what I needed to do. I sought treatment with Dr. Simon Zysman and the EARS recovery program, and gave up my struggle with sobriety to those people who always offer a hand to help. Through patience and determination I stay humble, positive, and sober. Just for today I am sober and I am loved. I am now able to share quality time with my family, while being actively involved with treatment. Today I am sober and planning to purse graduate school to enhance my professional skills. Dr. Zysman and the staff at EARS saved my life.

Testimonial #8:
I am a 65 year old single white male with a history of addiction to Heroin (10-15 bags per day IV) and Bi-polar Disorder Type II. I suffered from depression and anxiety most of my life. I started using Heroin at age 16. At age 18 my parents had me Baker Acted. They signed me into a Rehab thru the Rockefeller Program for 3 years against my will. I was discharged in 1971 at age 21. I relapsed 1 year later and was remanded to the Rockefeller program again for 3 more years. I was discharged to an educational release program and became a licensed Barber. I worked as a Barber for 5 years and used Heroin on a sporadic basis. In 1998, I was admitted to Stony Brook University Hospital Psychiatric Unit for one year and was referred to a therapeutic community at Day Top for one year. I relapsed one year after discharge in 2000. In 2001, I met a girl and we used opiates & Cocaine together until Xmas 2010. During the course of that relationship, I had approximately 40 admissions at various detox units, rehabs, & psychiatric treatments. Her father, kicked me out of the house and I became homeless in North Carolina. I came back to New York to stay with family. My family applied tough love and I continued to remain homeless. From 2011 to 2012 I was hospitalized 75 times and relapsed following each admission. I was referred to the EARS outpatient program by Stony Brook University Hospital in April 2012 and I have been sober ever since. Dr. Zysman and the staff at EARS transformed my life. Since starting treatment at EARS in 2012, I have managed to maintain abstinence for the past 5 years + 4 months. I had many different doctors and therapists to no avail. At the present time, being in treatment, I now am now in control of my life again and very grateful to the doctors and therapists at EARS who have been there for me all the way. I passed Kidney Stones and was prescribed Morphine while at Saint Catherine of Siena Hospital for pain relief for 10 days in Sept 2016. I was re-admitted to the EARS program for Outpatient treatment upon discharge from the Hospital. I responded well to treatment and have remained sober to present. I actively used Heroin & Cocaine for a period of 47 years.

Testimonial #9:
I am a 35 year old single white male with a history of addiction to Heroin. I started using heroin at age 18. I was recently using 30 to 70 bags of heroin per day Intravenously. I completed some college and I am currently employed as a Fire Sprinkler Mechanic. I committed Burglaries to support my Heroin addiction. I was caught and was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison and placed on parole for 3 years. I had prior treatment at LICR for 21 for inpatient rehabilitation in 2003, CK Post in 2009 & 2011 for 28 days per admission; JCAP Therapeutic Community for 10.5 months in 2016, and Swift River Inpatient Rehabilitation Center for 21 days in 2017. When actively using I did not care about anything accept getting and using Heroin. My life was preoccupied with drug seeking behavior and I did whatever I had to do to support my heroin addiction. I am currently living with my mother. I began treatment with Dr. Simon Zysman at the EARS program and I stopped using heroin with the help of counseling and medication. I am now working and attending treatment. My employer is very pleased with my work performance and new cooperative attitude. She told me that I am now acting like the person that she originally hired 6 months ago. She is very pleased with the progress that I have been making in treatment.

Testimonial #10:
I am a 21year old single white male, High School graduate and I completed one college semester. I have a history of addiction to Heroin 50 bags per day sniffing + Xanax 6-8 mgs per day orally + Pot 1-3 grams per day + Cocaine 2-3 times per week 3-5 lines per use sniffing + Alcohol 5 times per week (7-8 Long Island Ice Teas per day). He had 4 prior treatments: 15 months inpatient in a therapeutic community program; 6 months in outpatient program; and 8 months in another outpatient program. I relapsed on alcohol & drugs while in treatment and post treatment. I was incarcerated for 6 months for possession and sale of a controlled substances (Pot, Xanax, Percocet, Molly, & Mushrooms). Today I am sober, Thanks to Dr. Simon Zysman and the staff at EARS.

Testimonial #11:
I am a, 21 year old male. Since the age of 13, I have been struggling with an overwhelming addiction to drugs that took over my life. Over the years, I moved from Marijuana & Alcohol to harder drugs and a more dangerous lifestyle. I began to use Heroin and became a Drug Dealer in order to support my drug habit. This was followed by multiple arrests and incarcerations for drug possession and DWAI. My life was going down the wrong path very quickly. During a bad drug deal, I was robbed of my drugs and I suffered a shotgun wound which almost killed me. I was in the hospital for 28 days and had 12 surgeries. Following my hospitalization, I overdosed twice and was taken to the hospital by Ambulance. It’s a miracle that I am still Alive. I was discharged from the hospital with Methadone and was referred to the EARS Program for outpatient Treatment. The treatment at EARS has been amazing. The staff is great and very caring. Dr. Simon Zysman counseled and educated me about the disease of addiction. The medication and counseling has helped me to function and maintain a sober lifestyle. I am now working and I have no desire to use Heroin. My parents are very proud of me. The men who robbed and almost killed me have been apprehended and are in prison. I have recovered from most of my physical wounds and living with my parents. I am responding well to treatment and I am working with my uncle full time.

Testimonial #12:
I am a 39 year old single white female with a history of addiction to Heroin 10-30 bags per day sniffing. I completed 2 years of College in Graphic Arts. My girlfriend introduced me to Vicodin at age 25 and an ex-boyfriend introduced me to Heroin at age 38. I was arrested 8 months later at age 39 for possession of 10 bags of Heroin. The arresting Officers conducted themselves in a professional manner and encourage me to get help. In retrospect, I realize that getting arrested was a positive intervention that probably saved my life. I sent them a thank you card to express my appreciation for their professionalism and for being my Guardian Angels. I was referred to the EARS program by a friend and today I am sober and pursuing a career as a dog groomer and trainer. Family relations have improved and my mother is glad to have me back acting the way I did before I became an addict. I owe my life to the arresting officers, Dr. Simon Zysman, and the staff at EARS.

Testimonial #13:
I am writing this testimonial to let Dr. Simon Zysman and others know the effect he has had on my life to this day.

I owe my life to Dr. Simon Zysman and the staff at Employee Assistance Resource Services, Inc. (EARS). I have known Dr. Zysman for over 30 years. He founded the EARS Recovery Program in 1986. It is a program to address the needs of patients suffering from addiction, physical medical problems, and mental problems.

Dr. Zysman started the program in 1986 and I met him in 1987. On my first meeting with Dr. Zysman “trust” was established between us. Dr. Zysman has been with me through my darkest, horror filled days of drug/alcohol abuse and clinical depression. The EARS program is a very high quality outpatient treatment program. Because of Dr. Zysman and  EARS, I have been able to keep my job with NYS, go to graduate school and now enjoy a good retirement. Dr. Zysman helped me to stay out of psychiatric hospitals with excellent medical and psychiatric “Outpatient” care.  I was completely out of touch with my problems and in complete “denial”. Dr. Zysman and EARS have been very professional, patient, and kind through a very, very long and difficult time in my life.

I am so impressed with Dr. Zysman and the EARS staff. EARS is a multi-disciplinary program that has a “team” with expertise in chemical dependency treatment. The EARS staff consists of psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians, social workers, alcohol and substance abuse counselors. The EARS staff works collaboratively with each other and the individual to establish an individualized treatment plan.

“What happened to me?” I was suffering from depression. Clinical depression is not a temporary funk (state of depression) nor is it passing sadness or grief one suffers after a major loss. It is much more than “feelings”, for it significantly and persistently affects the way we eat, sleep, work, and love. Clinical depression is not amenable to willpower. It is bona fide illness with its own symptoms and - thankfully - its own cures. I had clinical depression since birth and for years thought it was the only way to feel.

I am happier now than I have ever been. I monitor myself, take my medications and attend regular “outpatient” treatment. I watch for early signs of distress - a week of irritability, panic attacks, paranoia, persistent sadness, and pessimism. I feel better able to express my vulnerability and pain to Dr. Zysman. I am writing this testimonial so that others can know they can find expert care at EARS with Dr. Simon Zysman. If left untreated addiction and depression can lead to suicide. Dr. Zysman and EARS saved my life. Ears has a highly trained professional staff that recognizes these problems. Unfortunately, the lay person usually does not recognize the depressed person. The lay person does not recognize the depressed person because “they don’t look it”, they say “he doesn’t look it”. The depressed person puts on “a mask, face, or persona” that they don’t look it.  Dr. Zysman saw through that “mask” with me. Dr. Zysman with his “never, never give up” work ethic saved my life.

Dr. Zysman through hypnosis and his exceptional creative abilities, I learned through the use of the “facilitation of insight technique” that he developed, that the “shadowy figures” in my art work were symbolically my search for my father. My father was a professional photographer who abandoned and rejected me at birth. My parents had divorced when I was an infant. He died when I was 16 years old. My father was the “shadowy figure” that I have been unconsciously seeking to contact. My father’s passion for photography became my passion as well. This need to see my father has “haunted” me all my life. As a result, of acquiring this insight with the help of Dr. Zysman, I further developed my creative skills by focusing on reflective images that were not only Black and White. I also found expression through the use of “color” as well. “Father where are you?” is the predominant theme in all my photography and collages. I owe my life many, many times over to Dr. Zysman. Today, I am retired and happily pursuing my art and photography life style. I have also discovered making collages with my photos. I am in the process of writing a book about my collection of photos, collages, and art form.

Dr. Simon Zysman saved my life and I will be forever grateful.

Caroline H.

Testimonial #14:
I am a 45 year old white male. I started using alcohol at age 12, weed at age 12, snorting cocaine at age 13, and opioid at age 20. I would drink alcohol until drunk, smoke 2 joints daily, and used 6-40 pain pills per day. I was arrested for DWI 3 times and for possession of controlled substances on 2 occasions. I have a history of being physically violent while under the influence of alcohol and drugs. I was hospitalized at Arms Acres in 2005 for 28 days, CK Post Rehab (2004) for 28 days, and in CK Post (2005) for 28 days. I have had multiple relationships over the years that ended due to my alcohol/drug problem. I have been under psychiatric care for several years for Bi-Polar Disorder. I began treatment with Dr. Simon Zysman at EARS and actively participated in the Ambulatory Detox Program for opioid and alcohol for 3 weeks, Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for 9 weeks, and aftercare program for 26 weeks. I am now sober 3 years and attending AA/NA. My relationships with Family and friends have improved. I am now able to maintain sober relationships with family and friends.

Testimonial #15:
I am a 42 year old divorced white male and the father of an 11 year old son. I am employed as an electrician. I started smoking pot at age 12, drinking scotch (5-6 ounces) at age 21, and at age 36 began using Oxycodone for pain following an auto accident in April 2013. I injured my neck and lower back from whiplash. My use of Oxycodone escalated and by the time I started treatment with Dr. Simon Zysman at EARS, I was using 20-30 Oxycodone pills per day. I was out of control and preoccupied with drug seeking behavior. I was miserable, depressed, and tended to isolate, socially and emotionally. I was cynical and felt hopeless about my future. My anxiety was off the chart. Since I started treatment with Dr. Zysman at EARS, my life has changed dramatically. I am sober, my mind is clearer, and I am optimistic about my future. I am enjoying my life and I feel happy for the first time since 2007. I am enjoying my life, working, and spending quality time with my son. I am now able to socialize with family, friends, and co-workers. I feel alive and content with my life for the first time in years. I am in treatment with Dr. Zysman at EARS, and loving the quality of my life. Everyone who knows me can easily see the difference in my attitude and behavior. I look forward to tomorrow. Dr. Zysman and the EARS program completely turned my life around and I am a better man for it.

Testimonial #16:
I am a 30 year old single white female height 5 feet and weight 130 pounds. The first time I tried drugs I was 14 years old. I smoked weed and I loved it. At age 16 I tried coke and I loved that too. At this point my use was only occasional. At age 20 my significant other started bringing home opioid pills from his hospital job and I started doing it with him. After a year I was addicted. I would get “dope sick” if I didn’t have the Roxycodone pills. My use soon progressed to heroin and a year after that I was an IV drug user. I had difficulty waking up in the morning and I didn’t care about jobs or relationships. My fiancé could no longer handle my addictive behavior and he left me. My addiction progressed and I went into a downward spiral. It took me one year to hit rock bottom. I went to see a psychiatrist and I was diagnosed with Bi-Polar II Disorder, ADHD, Anxiety Disorder with panic attacks, and heroin addiction. I wasn’t taking my psych meds and I was a mess. I started getting in trouble for shoplifting to support my drug addiction and did six months in jail. After jail, I got arrested two more times for possession of Cocaine and I am currently being monitored monthly by criminal court. In September I was court ordered to treatment and I went to inpatient Rehab for fifteen days. From Rehab, I was referred to the EARS chemical dependency outpatient program for treatment. I was abusing my medications which consisted of Klonopin 3-5 mgs/day and Adderall 60 mgs per day. I was hardly able to keep my eyes open. The staff at EARS contacted my psychiatrist and informed him about my inability to function. My psychiatrist reduced my dose of Klonopin to 1.5 mgs, Addrerall to 30 mgs, and Suboxone 12 mgs per day. I was now able to function and I got a full-time sales job. At EARS, I was monitored 5 days per week as I detoxed off opiates, Benzodiazepines, and Adderall. I attended group and individual sessions with Dr. Zysman. My medications are monitored and adjusted daily based on my progress in treatment. After 2 years, I am now able to function and my family is very happy with my progress. The EARS program accepts my insurance plan and now I don’t pay out of pocket for my treatments and medications. I get tested for drugs on a weekly basis and I stopped abusing my medication in almost three weeks. Dr. Zysman and the staff at EARS truly care and help me deal with my psychiatric and addiction issue. I recommend the EARS outpatient program over all others because they look at you as a person suffering with the disease of addiction and they really know what they are doing. For the first time in 5 years, I have hope for the future thanks to Dr. Zysman and the staff at EARS.

Testimonial #17:
I grew up in a dysfunctional alcoholic family. I wanted to be a cool, tough guy who drank and smoked pot at age 13 like the other kids in the neighborhood. I was a fun, cool kid with plenty of friends. Every now and then we would drink Vodka and I would experience blackouts. Alcohol & drugs became my lifestyle. I got introduced to painkillers at age 16 when I had a tooth pulled and the dentist gave me a script for 30 Vicodin pills. I took all 30 pills in 2 days.

I ran into a serious problem when I reached puberty. I started to realize that I was gay. I was too cool to be gay. I tried to hide the fact that I was gay by presenting myself as being a straight tough macho guy. I used cocaine, pot, & alcohol as my escape and I got deeper into drugs. I hated myself for being gay and started having suicidal thoughts. I became reckless and overdosed on drugs. That’s how desperate I was to stop the pain that filled my heart as my addiction progressed.

At age 21, I became addicted to Percocets, 15 to 30 pills per day, and I literally became a slave to painkillers. When I could not find pills, I started doing heroin. I ended up getting arrested 4 times with DWI’s, 1 DUI, and for possession of opioids. While in jail I continued to use drugs. I never believed that I could escape the feelings of despair that now filled my heart and soul. I truly believed I was living in hell and nothing could save me. I tried to kill myself by overdosing on heroin but God did not take me.

 I tried numerous rehabs and outpatient programs. To be totally honest, Dr. Zysman and the EARS program is the only reason I have an actual shot at life today. I only wound up there because of the luck of the draw that led me there. Dr. Zysman is great at what he does. I’ve never met a more committed individual willing to take on the tough task of helping people in crisis or just anyone looking for help. The EARS program was the only thing that worked for me. The EARS program used Suboxone to detox me off an insane amount of opioids. I’m getting very emotional looking at what I wrote, but it certainly needs to be said. I was the hopeless one and the only cure I believed was euthanizing. Now I am an active member of Gay AA and NA for the past 3 years and I have been sponsoring others to help them with their recovery.

Dr. Zysman saved me from myself. I will forever love this man. A kind, loving, but firm man who knows what he is doing. He is trying to get the word out to the people who know nothing about it. Today people don’t recognize me because I’m sober. I do take my meds and I need to stay sober. I have now come out about being gay and my friends love me. Dr. Zysman thank you for saving my life.

Testimonial #18:
The thought of being an addict has always frightened me and I never thought I would have to admit to myself and the people I love that I became one.

I am a 25 year old Caucasian female, with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, employed full time, and living with my Fiancé’. I have learned that none of this matter’s because anyone can be an addict.

It all started with a cavity that turned into a root canal, that turned into an infection, that was then treated with an Apicoectomy, that became infected, and turned into a tooth extraction. Following each procedure, I was prescribed Percocet medication for pain. I now I have nine missing teeth, 3 on my upper right, 4 on my upper left, and 2 on my bottom right.

My upper teeth are now covered with temporary dentures. As I continued to encounter more dental complications the more Percocet’s were prescribed to control for pain. Over a period of 4 years, my tolerance for pain pills increased and one pill wasn’t enough to stop the pain. I would then need 2 or 3 pills to stop the pain. I became addicted to the pills and I did not want to admit it to myself. When the dentist discontinued my pain medication after 4 years, I found myself going through withdrawals and I could not tolerate being dope sick. I approached friends who were on pain medication and told them it was for someone else. Eventually they caught on and I was forced to find a drug dealer.

MY life depended on getting pain pills. No one knew about my addiction until I was marginally functioning. I was no longer able to concentrate at work. I started to isolate socially, was physically exhausted, run down, unable to pay rent, and bills.

People who care about me and loved me became very concerned because I wasn’t myself. I decided to change my life because I did not like being the person that I became. I was preoccupied with drug seeking behavior and nothing else seemed to matter.

The idea of going to inpatient rehab and NA meetings scared me. I called My former psychiatrist, and he referred me to Dr. Simon Zysman at Employee Assistance Resource Services (EARS) for addiction treatment. Dr. Zysman and the EARS staff saved my life.

I was against going on medication such as suboxone because I heard from friends in NA that taking Suboxone is substituting one drug for another. I decided to follow the medical advice of the staff at EARS and as a result my life has changed dramatically. My family, friends, and co-workers saw a whole new person. The person I was before I became an addict. My fiance’ loves the new me. He refers to me as his new girlfriend who is 10 times more beautiful than the addicted me.

I wish other addicts would take advantage of medication assisted treatment in conjunction with counseling at EARS because it completely transformed my life. Today I am in control of myself, happy, and enjoying my life. Taking Buprenorphine medication is not replacing one drug for another.

I no longer think about using opiates. I want to continue being clean, sober, and living a healthy normal life.

I will be forever grateful to Dr. Zysman and the EARS staff for giving me my life back. They truly helped me achieve recovery and I couldn’t be more thankful.

Testimonial #19:
I was using 10-15 bags of heroin per day. I was strung out on drugs 5 years ago. As a result, I was banished by family and friends. I was lucky that the hospital referred me to Dr. Simon Zysman and the EARS program in Smithtown. Dr. Zysman and the staff at EARS got me off drugs and helped to find a housing that accepted people on Suboxone. My life has changed drastically and now my family is back in my life. My future looks bright. Dr. Zysman and the EARS program saved my life.

Testimonial #20:
I am a 48 year old divorced alcoholic female and the mother of 2 teenagers. I am employed as an RN and took medical leave from work to get help. Before entering treatment at EARS my life was unmanageable. I felt hopeless, alone, and I attempted suicide by drinking and taking opioid pain pills. I was ashamed and scared. I didn’t feel strong enough to make a change to become sober. Since I started treatment, I feel more confident with this journey to turn my life around. Through the support of Dr. Simon Zysman and the EARS mission, I have found sobriety and sanity. Dr. Zysman and his staff have been extremely professional. They helped make my transition to sobriety possible with counseling, addiction medication, and psychiatric care. No other program ever worked for me. Thank you for saving my life.

Testimonial #21:
I am a 50 year old divorced female who was addicted to heroin 5-10 bags per day. I was arrested for possession of heroin and I am on probation. My probation officer referred me to the EARS program because they specialize in treating opiate addiction. Though I am fairly new to the E.A.R.S. program, I’m doing much better than before I started. I am on medication and attending counseling. Just knowing that I am going to be urine tested regularly is more than enough to keep me in line. Though on paper I am here because of court, I was trying to get into a drug program prior to getting arrested. I plan on continue treatment at EARS even after I complete the requirements for probation. Dr. Simon Zysman and his staff really care about their patients and they know what they are doing. I am lucky to have found the EARS drug program. I am now able to focus on myself and my craft work. I am hoping to complete enough craft projects to sell in craft shows. Doing things that I like helps to keep my mind off negative thoughts and influences.

Testimonial #22:
I am 40-year old college educated married female. I have 3 herniated discs in my lower back and I was prescribed Vicodin to control for pain. As my tolerance for Vicodin increased, I started sniffing heroin to control for pain. By the time I decided to get help, I was using 10 bags of heroin per day and my life was turned upside down. My marriage was falling apart, I lost all my friends, and almost my family. I also lost a lot of good teaching jobs because of my heroin addiction. Now I am slowly putting my life back together with help from Dr. Simon Zysman and the staff at EARS. I am on medication, actively participating in group, individual therapy, and attending AA/NA meetings on a weekly basis. The EARS program is helping me to function, express my emotions, and taught me how to stay sober. I am enjoying being sober and feeling normal again, the way I was before I started using drugs.

Testimonial #23:
My life on drugs has been a nightmare. Dr. Simon Zysman and the EARS program saved my life. Now that I am clean and sober, I am no longer a slave to heroin. Dr. Zysman and the EARS program turned my life around. I feel much better physically and emotionally. I have more money, less fighting at home, less stress, and the future looks bright cause I can get a better job and not have to worry about dying from drugs.

Testimonial #24:
To start with heroin has been a part of my life for 37 years. Most of it every day around the clock. I’ve been through a couple of Rehab’s and they didn’t seem to work. I found EARS and my life has change. I slipped and relapsed twice in the past 18 months. But there’s something about this place that makes me keep coming back. Dr. Simon Zysman and the staff at EARS really care and they are always there to help. They really know how to treat addiction. Without Dr. Zysman and the EARS staff, I know I would be dead. It’s comforting to know that the staff at EARS will always be there to help me.

Testimonial #25:
I am a 58 year old married woman suffering depression and lupus. I have bad back pain and got hooked on pain pills. I was a psychiatric patient at St. Catherine of Sienna Hospital and they sent me to Rehab in Greenport. After rehab, I was referred to Dr. Zysman at EARS. I called and made an appointment. During my first week of treatment, Dr. Zysman assigned me to a Psychiatrist who put on Suboxone and medication for depression. When I was on opiates I use to fall a lot. I broke my arm, ribs, and finger. Today I am doing good because I got help from EARS. I attend individual and group therapy. Dr. Zysman counseled me and I don’t even think about opiates anymore. The EARS staff has always been there for me too. I wouldn’t want any other treatment program. Thank God my family is still there for me. Half the things I said when I was on opiates I don’t remember. My husband and daughter told what I said. I was shocked and embarrassed. I am grateful for the help I got at EARS. I also love the group meetings because it helped me a lot.

Testimonial #26:
I am a 22 year old single white male. I was using 10-20 bags of heroin per day. Before getting sober my life was miserable and unmanageable. I was a slave to drugs. My life became dangerously unmanageable in every way imaginable. Since getting sober and coming to EARS my life has improved drastically. I am living a good sober happy life.

Testimonial #27:
My life has changed dramatically since being sober. I used to be a mess every day, hurting people and not caring about life. I accidentally overdosed on heroin and the hospital referred me to Dr. Zysman at EARS. The EARS program helped change my life. It was the best thing that happened to me. My life today is a blessing, every day is full of positive things and people. Today I look for ways to help people out of addiction and out of their old unhealthy ways. I used to be a drug addict, living at home, no job, no hope till 27. My life was going nowhere. Within 5 years, I’ve graduated college, networked, and got a good job. Now I have established good ties with my family and made more friends.

Testimonial #28:
Life sucked before I met Dr. Simon Zysman at EARS. I came here because I wanted to stop using heroin, cocaine, alcohol and being depressed. Since I started treatment with Dr. Zysman my life has changed dramatically. I am actively participating in treatment and taking my Suboxone and other medications. Today I am sober and my family is back in my life. My children are proud of me and enjoy spending quality time with me. They are happy to have me back in their lives. I am attending AA/NA meetings, and I have a sponsor. I am still struggling and hoping to live a healthier life after completing treatment at EARS. May god bless Dr. Zysman and the staff at EARS because they gave me my life back.

Testimonial #29:
In the beginning there was darkness. A void of despair. Day after day I tried to fill that emptiness with drugs. Through self-medication I tried to numb my body and soul. So much, that it finally accumulated to suicide. I would finally succumb to this tumultuous lifestyle. Then there was light. Dr. Simon Zysman and the staff at EARS revived me from a horrible painful existence. The process was painful, where the physical was diluted by my emotional life. Slowly, very slowly I began learning to be a human being again. It took many long days that turned into longer weeks, and endless months for me to allow the hands of help to reach and benefit me. Trust had to be earned. My anger had to subside, and the walls I’ve put up over time had to be removed brick by brick to allow me to heal. After separating myself from the drugs and allowing others in, I slowly grew into the man I know I can be. That man, my family and friends would say; “I’m proud of you.” Dr. Zysman and the EARS staff helped find sobriety and the light at the end of my deep pit of depression. Today I am more functional and optimistic about my future. I am looking forward to going back to college to pursue a master’s degree in Social Work. I would like to help others to deal with their addiction and sense of hopelessness.

Testimonial #30:
I am a 48 year old widow and the mother of a 24 year old daughter. I was 45 years old, when I developed a Hernia. My doctor gave me Oxycodone medication for pain for a period of one year because I feared having surgery. My husband died 4/23/2015 in bed from a heart attack when I was 46 years old and I was devastated. I wanted to die and join my husband in the afterlife. I became very depressed and stopped going to the doctor for Oxycodone medication. My girlfriend introduced me to heroin to control for pain and to escape reality. My daughter referred me to treatment with Dr. Simon Zysman and the staff at EARS August 2015. Dr. Zysman is an amazing doctor. If I did not come to Dr. Zysman and EARS, I would be dead. Dr. Zysman treats his patients with respect and dignity and not like they are the scum of the earth for being heroin addicts. Medication alone was not enough for me. I needed a lot of individual and group treatment to help me cope with my loss and heroin addiction. Today I am a functional human being and I am enjoying being alive and sober. I have come to terms with the loss of my husband. Dr. Zysman also helped me to overcome my fear of having hernia surgery. I trusted Dr. Zysman with my life and I have become a happier and healthier person for it.

Dr. Zysman saved my life. I highly recommend Dr. Zysman and the EARS program to anyone suffering from addiction and depression.