The Second Wind is a private psychotherapy practice founded by John Bliss LCSW CASAC and Marcia Poston LCSW CASAC in 1988. The practice began as a clinic providing therapy to people who are struggling with issues that often evidence themselves somatically. John and Marcia wanted to address the competition people faced when trying to grow and live productive and successful lives. Some of the competition is anxiety, depression, and maladaptive ways of dealing with anger and inefficient ways of dealing with stress. They have developed a specialty in addictions, which is often a way people try to cope with life's struggles and challenges. The Second Wind has a treatment track licensed by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. There is also a twelve-week Anger Management Program.



There is an evaluation of the extent of the addiction and underlying psychological issues. Recommendations are made for the optimal level of care at either The Second Wind or another treatment provider.

Individual Treatment

Individual treatment is provided for individuals with substance abuse problems as well as for individuals who suffer from difficulties in interpersonal relationships, anxiety, and depression who are not addicted. All individual therapists are New York State licensed Social Workers.

Psychiatric Evaluation and Treatment

Evaluation of patients for psychiatric disorders and the prescription and monitoring of medication. This service is only provided for patients in treatment at The Second Wind.

Group Treatment

Transitional Groups are for people who are either contemplating abstinence or in the early stages of recovery. Groups meet twice weekly during the day or in the evening. There is a group for individuals who are dually diagnosed and an ongoing therapy group for people in recovery.

Psycho/Educational Group

This group meets for twelve weeks and is open to patients and their families. It covers areas pertinent to substance abuse and recovery.

Couple/Family Therapy

Couple and Family treatment is provided.

Anger Management

The anger management group is a twelve session cognitive behavioral group designed to identify anger "triggers" and develop management techniques.

Stress Reduction

The group meets once a week and incorporates Eastern meditative ideas.

Department of Motor Vehicle Evaluations

The Second Wind is recognized by the the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and the Federal Department of Transportation as Substance Abuse Professionals, who can perform evaluations and treatment.

Buprenorphine Detox for Opiate Dependence

Detox is provided for patients in treatment at The Second Wind.


John Bliss, LCSW, CASAC is the Executive Director of The Second Wind. John has provided clinical leadership, program development, training and supervision for treatment programs, training institutes, unions, insurance companies and employee assistance programs. He is a member of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis and served on their faculty for eight years. He has lectured extensively on the psychoanalytic theory of borderline personality disorder and addictions. In May of 2007 John received the prestigious "Social Work Image Award" from the New York Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

Marcia Poston, LCSW, CASAC began her social work career working with gangs on the West Side of New York City. She worked as a psychiatric social worker for over twenty years at New York University, Columbia Presbyterian and Montefiore Medical Centers. She has supervised social work staff and interns, medical residents and students. Marcia was a Principle Associate in Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a Clinical Instructor, Smith College School for Social Work.

The therapists at The Second Wind are licensed professionals with postgraduate training. There is also a licensed psychiatrist on staff. Second Wind provides services from 7:30 AM to 8:00 PM, Monday through Friday. An initial consultation may be arranged by calling 212 481-1055 ext.11.