We're Keeping a Beautiful Young Staten Island Girl's Dream of Addiction Recovery Alive!
Drug Addiction: An Average Staten Island Family Crisis
On September 16th, 2018 Staten Island mom Lisa Ciavola received a phone call that shattered her life: Her 25 year old daughter Nicolette, had died of a drug overdose at a friend's home.
Nicolette had been battling addition for nearly five years and appeared to have turned the corner after her last stint at rehab. In fact, she was clean for nearly a year.
Drugs Are Where Your Children Are
Nicolette's addiction began with taking Xanax and opioids to treat her anxiety and depression. She eventually progressed to heroin because it was cheaper and easier to obtain. It's in every school and in every neighborhood on Staten Island!
Nobody Wants to Become an Addict
Nicolette tried so hard. She prayed for recovery because she knew drugs were ruining her life and causing the family she loved so much pain and worry. She willingly went to rehab several times, because she didn't want to be an addict - She wanted to continue her career as a talented hair dresser. Addiction is a disease not a choice!
Addiction Recovery is So Fragile
After a 90-day program in Texas, Nicolette remained clean for almost a year. Then, during the last few months of her life, she met the wrong guy who reintroduced her to heroin - and that caused her life to spiral out of control once again. When a recovering addict's will is weak, peer pressure can be deadly.
Staten Island Street Drugs Have Been Poisoned!
As if heroin wasn't evil enough, most of it sold on the street of Staten Island is now laced with fentanyl, a powerful opioid that makes heroin more addictive and its users more prone to overdosing. The last dose of heroin that Nicolette used contained a large amount of fentanyl.
Read All About It in The Staten Island Advance
Lisa Ciavola, Nicolette's mom was recently interviewed by Staten Island's daily newspaper. Read how she's re-channeling her dedication to saving her daughter to saving others suffering from addiction. This is how Nicolette's Dream is becoming a reality!
Staten Island Addiction & Overdose Facts!
113 Staten Islanders Between 25 and 29 Overdosed in 2018.
251 Staten Island Residents
Were Saved With Naloxone.
101 of Those Young Staten Islanders Died.
Nicolette Was One of Them.
50 of the 101 Fatal Overdoses Had Fentanyl in Their Systems. Nicolette Was One of Them.
"There's no question that the advent of fentanyl as well as mixing heroin with other substances like Xanax, Tramadol and Gabapentin, has increased the number of overdoses (on Staten Island) over the last few years."
- District Attorney Michael E. McMahon
We're Building A Bridge
to Addiction Recovery
on Staten Island
The Nicolette Ciavola
No Call for Help Will Go Unanswered
Nicolette's Dream Foundation has partnered with Staten Island University Hospital / Northwell Health to start the Nicolette Ciavola Substance Abuse Hotline, which will provide 24/7 support to Staten Island residents suffering from addiction and their families as well.
Our First Fundraiser: Sold Out!
In order to finance the Nicolette Ciavola Substance Abuse Hotline, there will be a fundraising cocktail reception to celebrate Nicolette's life and what would have been her 26th birthday on February 24th, The Fundraiser will take place on Friday, February 22 from 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM at Angelina's Restaurant. All proceeds will go to Staten Island University Hospital / Northwell Health.
We are pleased to report that this event is completely sold out! Nicolette must be smiling down on us!
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Even if you wont be able to attend out first fundraiser at Angelina's Restaurant, You can still help us finance the operation of the Nicolette Ciavola Substance Abuse Hotline.
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