Dr. Russell Surasky, FAAN
Board Certified Neurologist, Addiction Specialist
Dr. Surasky’s primary focus in practice is addiction medicine. Utilizing unique medication protocols individualized to each patient, he provides specialized treatment for opiate, benzodiazepine, and alcohol addiction. This unique approach has helped thousands of patients rapidly achieve and sustain their sobriety. Dr. Surasky is one of the most experienced providers in New York State of Vivitrol, a once monthly injection which blocks addictive opiates and alcohol from entering the brain. This unique approach has helped thousands of patients rapidly achieve and sustain their sobriety and has made Dr. Surasky the most sought after addiction specialist in New York.
Dr. Surasky maintains hospital privileges at North Shore University Hospital of Manhasset, Plainview, and Syosset as well as Long Island Jewish Hospital in New Hyde Park. Actively involved in the medical community, Dr. Surasky is a member of several professional organizations, including: American Academy of Neurology, American Society of Addiction Medicine and the Nassau County Medical Society.
He serves as the chief physician and consultant to multiple addiction centers on Long Island. His private practice, The Surasky Neurologic Center for Addiction is in Great Neck, New York.
Many people do not understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs. It is often mistakenly assumed that drug abusers lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop using drugs simply by choosing to change their behavior. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting takes more than good intentions or a strong will. In fact, because drugs change the brain in ways that foster compulsive drug abuse, quitting is difficult, even for those who are ready to do so. Through scientific advances, we know more about how drugs work in the brain than ever, and we also know that drug addiction can be successfully treated to help people stop abusing drugs and lead productive lives.
Although the initial decision to take drugs is voluntary for most people, the
brain changes that occur over time challenge an addicted person’s self-
control and hamper his or her ability to resist intense impulses to take
drugs. Fortunately, treatments are available to help people counter addiction’s powerful disruptive effects.
The subject is rarely taught in medical school or residency training. Of the 1
million practicing physicians in the United States, only about 0.001 % are
trained in addiction medicine.
Are you or a loved one suffering from addiction?
Watching someone you love in the throes of an addiction can be devastating. The fact that you are reading this means that you care enough about the person to go out of your way to help. That may make the difference between life and death for your loved one.
Dr. Surasky is one of only a few physicians in the U.S. who is both a neurologist and addition medicine specialist. Dr. Surasky uses individualized, highly effective treatments that immediately stop withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings. This makes your transition to sobriety much easier than you ever thought possible.
These treatments are available for opiate, alcohol, benzodiazepine, cocaine, nicotine and cannabis dependencies. This unique approach has helped thousands of patients rapidly achieve and sustain their sobriety.
ADDICTION IS A DISEASE - TREATMENT IS AVAILABLE
RECOVERY BRINGS JOY
Our Patients Speak....
" Dr Surasky is extremely knowledgable in addiction. He is kind compassionate caring and understanding. He works with you to keep you very comfortable. He always returns phone calls and answers all your questions. He is very patient. He uses vivitrol which is amazing. He truly cares about the well being of his patients and wants them to succeed. I have never met a dr like him. He truly is the best doctor ever!! My earth angel!!! "
"Dr. Surasky is an excellent Doctor . I never met a doctor quite like him . He really knows what he's doing . He's full of knowledge & really helped me w/ my addiction & is very compassionate . I'm so glad I was sent to him & will continue to see him ."
"Great doctor. I felt safe and comfortable. My needs were addressed comprehensively."
"Dr. Surasky is the most kind and compassionate dr. He takes time with you to explain everything and address your concerns in detail. The office workers behind the desk are also extremely kind and helpful. I am so comfortable in that office atmosphere."
"I found the staff efficient yet warm, the doctor was beyond my expectations. Very good bedside manner and good at wrangling in my chatter to get the pertinent information to help me. I would bring a family member to him. Absolutely great experience."
"I see Dr. Surasky at Bridge Back to Life. He's always very professional, and has helped me so much. He is a great doctor who takes the time to listen."
" Doctors like Dr. Russell are very rare. More people should be educated in this field. He has a great gift and ability to serve this community. We lack Dr's like him."
"Dr. surasky is a very good doctor he is amazingly brilliant and very professional. Not only that but the envioronment of his office is such that I felt very comfortable!! His staff is very nice & automatically puts you at ease. I will recommend Dr. surasky to everyone."
"Very respectable and really listens to you and considers all aspects. This gentleman is very knowledgable and really knows his stuff."
"Dr Russell always goes above and beyond what he needs to do. He is a caring concerned doctor who always make you feel you are the utmost importance to him and always concerned with how you are doing personally as well as medically."
Caring, & interested in helping to solve my needs. We had good results.
Great doctor!! I was very satisfied
"I suffer from chronic neck pain, nerve pain and headaches for a long time.Doctor Russell Surasky helps me lot every time, with his pain medicine treatments. I can say, he brought me to a new level of comfort that I never had before.I am very thankful to doctor and his supportive team."
"Very caring and compassionate and he returns phone calls."
"The doctor is very knowledgeable and listens to everything I have to say. The office staff is very pleasant and fun even. You can tell this office cares about their patients! "
"Very calming polite and a sense of humor. I always recommend. Also very thorough. Takes the time to really listen."
"The doctor was very thorough and explained his diagnosis and treatment suggestions well. I would recommend him highly."
"Wonderful Doctor!!!! "
"Very comfortable office with friendly receptionists. Dr. Russell Surasky is thorough and has excellent beside manner. I would definitely recommend him!"
"His knowledge, compassion and bedside manner is only exceeded by his award winning smile and great sense of humor...soooooo happy to be under his care !!!!!! "
"Dr. Surasky was amazing and showed great concern about my health. He took his time examining me and asked me a lot of questions. When I needed to see him for a quick emergency visit, booking an appointment was easy. The staff was nice! "
"Addiction is not a moral failing. It is a complex, chronic disease with a lifelong risk of relapse. Fortunately, as we have developed an understanding of how opioids affect the brain, we have seen the introduction of treatments that can reverse the neurological damage and support a permanent recovery."
Eden Laikin, the Director of Government Research for Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, speaks about Nassau County's Newest Treatment for Opiate Addiction. Also featuring our guest speaker, Dr. Russell Surasky, a Neurologist, who discusses the new revolutionary medication to treat heroin and pain pill addiction to prevent relapse.
House Call offers a unique and high level service in the convenience of your home, office or hotel room. We are able to address most psychiatric/addiction issues in a timely and private manner avoiding other urgent care centers and hospital emergency rooms.
Opiate (painkiller) Addiction IV Detox Alcohol Addiction
Benzodiazepine Addiction Suboxone Vivitrol
Anxiety Migraine Treatment ADHD
Weight Management Depression Insomnia
Medication Management Substance Abuse B -12 Injections
Crisis Intervention Myer's Cocktail Myer's Cocktail
Trigger Point Injections Hangovers Migraine Treatment
We understand that it is difficult to take time off from your busy schedule to come to our office. With telemedicine that commute time can be eliminated and lead to less stress. In addition, it provides your doctor the opportunity for consultation with family members, friends, teachers and other providers involved in your care.
We offer telemedicine services to established patients on a case-by-case basis to provide an increased level of convenience. Telemedicine appointments are scheduled with our office staff in the same way that an in-office appointment would be scheduled. an appointment just as if you were coming into our actual office. Our advanced telemedicine software ensures that the interaction between you and your doctor is completely secure and HIPAA compliant.
One of the hardest things in life is watching a family member or friend’s life spiral down to complete destruction. When an individual is struggling with addiction, families also bear the consequences of the disease. As a result, families often experience a poor quality of life financially, psychologically and spiritually, and take on enabling and/or codependent behavior.
It's challenging to help a loved one struggling with any type of addiction. Sometimes a direct, heart-to-heart conversation can start the road to recovery. But when it comes to addiction, the person with the problem often struggles to see it and acknowledge it. Some people enable the person’s addictions because they feel like they can “control” the situation and keep it from getting worse. At times, it can feel like there is nothing you can do for that person.
People who struggle with addiction are often in denial about their situation, and often unwilling to seek treatment. They may not recognize the negative effects their behavior has on themselves as well as everyone around them. It is often the case, when an person is trapped in the cycle of addiction, that they believe their addiction only impacts themselves.
The best way to get the attention of someone who is struggling with an addiction is by holding an intervention. At one time there was an attitude that people couldn't be helped unless they "hit bottom" but that has changed. Often people who are resistant and enter treatment due to an intervention do very well. An intervention is the process by which an addict’s family, friends, counselors or professional intervention specialists can show the addict their self-destructive behaviors and how it affects themselves, family and friends. The immediate objective of an intervention is for the self-destructive person to listen and to accept help. The goal of intervention is to present the alcohol or drug user with a structured opportunity to accept help and to make changes before things get even worse.
How do you know if your loved one is in need of an Intervention?
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, addiction is defined as “a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences.” If an individual is addicted to any substance and has indicated she does not wish to seek treatment, it may be time for an intervention.
Any time an individual is suffering from addiction and either does not understand she is addicted or does not seem to care about herself enough to seek help on her own, it is possible an intervention may help.
If you suspect that a loved one is dealing with alcohol or drug addiction it is imperative to reach for help as soon as possible. If a person acknowledges they need help, makes promises to get help, but doesn’t follow through it is a sign that an intervention may be necessary. Additionally, the following statements often indicate that an intervention is the best next step:
"I don’t need help"
"No, I won’t go to treatment"
"The problem isn’t that bad"
"It is my life, it’s no ones business"
"I’m not hurting anyone else"
Have you tried different methods to get your loved one to accept help but were unsuccessful? This is understandable. When families try on their own to overcome opposition with a loved one, it is very difficult and usually unsuccessful due to the personal and emotional connection.
Without competent assistance, dealing with destructive behaviors can leave families discouraged or convinced that nothing can be done.
What is the solution?
Fortunately, these are the exact type of difficulties interventionists are trained to deal with. There is a solution that will bring hope for you and your loved one. When working with a trained professional, your loved one is given a clearer vision and understanding of the options that are presented to them in a loving, supportive environment.
Anyone who calls the Surasky Neurologic Center for Addiction to request an intervention will be encouraged to talk to a counselor first, as often times a professional intervention is not necessary. However, there are times when an intervention is critical. We work with a highly successful team of interventionists. If your loved one is suffering with drug or alcohol addiction and have been unwilling to get help, don't hesitate to reach for professional help and call us immediately.
How Do Drug Interventions Work?
A professional drug interventionist will call together the family and close friends of the subject, and initially discuss the best course of action to take regarding what is said, and how best to get the subject to the meeting. A strategy will then be executed to bring the user to the meeting (often under the guise of something else) where the users loved ones and friends will be gathered waiting. The professional drug interventionist explains to the user how their drug addiction has affected their relationship with each person in the room in a negative way. The family and friends will have been coached and prepared on what to say during the drug intervention. In many cases, the interventionist will work with your insurance company and the highest quality inpatient rehab facilities to ensure that a bed is available and waiting for your loved one.