NJCR’s Education and Support Group Schedule for Family Members of People with Substance Use Disorders

The entire family is affected when addiction is present. People coping with substance use disorders need intervention and services. Loved ones who care for them may be scared or confused and often don’t know where to go for support and guidance. The Mental Health Association in New Jersey’s (MHANJ’s) NJ Connect for Recovery Call Line is offering free Support and Education Groups that can help. Each group is facilitated by a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor or a Family Peer Specialist who is familiar with the effects of addiction on the family as well as the New Jersey system of care. These sessions provide a safe, non-judgmental environment offering proven, helpful strategies, about addressing addiction and recovery. Participants may also benefit from guidance and group support.

Sessions are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the MHANJ in Union County, 2333 Morris Ave., Building C, Suites 206 & 208, Union, NJ. R.S.V.P. is requested. For more information or to R.S.V.P., please contact Pam Taylor at ptaylor@mhanj.org or 855-652-3737. See below for dates and topics.

Topics for Upcoming Sessions

 In March the main focus of our groups is the disease aspect of addiction.

March 2, 2017 — Fear and Worry
Living with addiction is tough. Learn tips and strategies to minimize crippling fear and worry, and to help get back up when life knocks you down.
 
Tuesday March 7, 2017 — Is Addiction a Disease?  
Join us as we learn about the disease model of addiction. We will view a portion of the film, Pleasure Unwoven, which explains the effect of substances on the brain. Afterward, our Family Peer Specialists will lead the group in discussion.
Thursday March 9, 2017 — Understanding the Jellinek Curve  
This model explains the progression of the disease. It helps us to understand the loss of control that occurs when a person is actively using substances and the stages of recovery.
Tuesday March 14, 2017 — Five Characteristics of Addictive Behavior
The behavior of someone with a substance use disorder can be baffling and frustrating. Learn to recognize some of these behaviors and learn why they occur.
Thursday March 16, 2017 — Genetic Predisposition in Addiction   
Why do some become addicted to substances while others are not affected? Join us for a discussion on predisposition – is it anecdotal or evidence based?
Tuesday March 21, 2017 — Addicted Family Roles
When a family member has a substance use disorder, the entire family is affected.  Learn about the various roles that family members often adopt in their attempts to cope.
Thursday March 23, 2017 — Q&A Group: Has someone’s substance use impacted your life?  
Are there questions that you need answered?  Our Family Peer Specialists have the lived experience to answer your questions and provide support for you.

Tuesday March 28, 2017 —  Understanding Medication Assisted Treatment  

Explore the different types of treatment available and its role in treating a substance use disorder.

Thursday March 30, 2017 — Listen to me, I am an Addict/Alcoholic  
Our facilitator will read a letter from a substance abuser. A group discussion will follow.

 

MHANJ in Union County – Author to Share Stress-Coping Techniques at Family Support Group Meeting + Meeting Schedule

Author to Share Stress-Coping Techniques at Family Support Group Meeting

The Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ) in Union County’s Intensive Family Support Services (IFSS) program’s upcoming  Support Group meeting will feature author Carol Rickard, LCSW, who will share valuable stress reduction strategies for family members who are coping with a loved one who is an adult with mental illness. The session will be held on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.at the Mental Health Association in New Jersey in Union County, located at 2333 Morris Avenue, Building C, Suite 206 (second floor), Union, NJ 07083. There is no cost to participate and registration is not required.

The presentation, “Stretched Not Broken: A Caregiver’s Toolbox for Reducing and Managing Stress,” will focus on tools and strategies that can be applied as one faces daily challenges of being a caregiver.

“As caregivers, family members often feel the impact of a loved one’s mental illness at a psychological level, and, due to stress and other issues, also at a physical level. We have found it very helpful when we equip caregivers with information, education and skills to help improve their own coping and adapting. As a result, the person who is coping with the mental health problem may also benefit,” said Parantap Pandya, MA, MHANJ’s IFSS program.

The Mental Health Association in New Jersey strives for mental health and victory over substance use issues for children and adults through advocacy, education, training, and services. For additional information call (908) 810-1001, and ask for Joyce Benz, LCSW, ext. 310 or Parantap Pandya, MA, ext. 311.

 

 

The Mental Health Association in Union County’s Intensive Family Support Services program offers Support Groups for family members who have a loved one who is an adult with mental illness. All of the groups are free of charge and require no advanced registration. They meet at 7:30 pm on the second floor of the Mental Health Association in New Jersey’s Union County Office, 2333 Morris Avenue, Building C, Suite 206, Union, NJ 07083. For additional information call Joyce Benz, LCSW, or Parantap Pandya, MA, at (908) 810-1001.

Schedule for Upcoming Sessions

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 — Coping Group

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 — Stretched Not Broken:   A Caregiver’s Toolbox for Reducing and Managing Stress, Presented by Carol Rickard, LCSW, http://www.stretchednotbroken.com

Wednesday, April 5,2017 — Coping Group

Wednesday, April 19,2017 — Live an Active Life for a Healthy Mind, Presented by Matthew Miller, Founder of The Anxiety and Depression Initiative, www.TheADI.org

 

“Too Much Stuff” Support Groups In Atlantic and Union Counties

The Mental Health Association invites those who may be experiencing clutter challenges to join our drop in support group.  This is a safe space for individuals who have an emotional attachment to things to learn and share.

Union County:  This ongoing support group meets every other Tuesday at 1 p.m. beginning January 10, 2017 (January 24, February 7, February 21, March 7) at 2333 Morris Avenue, Building C, Suite 206-208, Union, NJ at the Mental Health Association in Union County. For more information call 732-226-7443.

Atlantic County:  The Atlantic County group meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month, at 1pm at 4 E. Jimmie Leeds Rd. Suite 8-Galloway, NJ.  For further information, contact Carolyn Quinn at 609-652-3800, ext. 303

 

 

2017 Winter Union County Wellness Program and Support Groups
More than Just a Support Group:
2017 Winter/Spring Union County Wellness Program and Support Group Sessions for
Peers and the Community
 
Are you interested in improving your wellness and your outlook on life? The Peer Outreach Support  Team program of the Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ), in Union County, is pleased to  offer a variety of mental health and wellness sessions to help nurture and improve the emotional  well-being of our community. Sessions will be led by outside guest instructors and trained staff members.
Peer Outreach Support Teams provide peer-to-peer support based on each peer sharing lived experience  with his/her behavioral health and recovery. The following groups will be held during this Fall and Winter.  There is no cost to participate; registration is not  required. Each session is scheduled for a Tuesday* evening from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., at the MHANJ in Union County’s location,  2333 Morris Ave., Building C, Suites 206 & 208, Union, NJ 07083, unless otherwise indicated below. For more information, please call 908-810-1001, ext. 318 for Nell Dixon or ext. 319 for Jeff Demuth.
*Please note that our regular meeting night has changed from Wednesday to Tuesday.
February 7 – CONFLICT RESOLUTION STRATEGIES
 
February 21 – MEDDLING FAMILY & FRIENDS…HOW TO DEAL WITH THEM?
 
March 7 – TRAPPED IN MY OWN SHAME 
 
March 21 – THE STRUGGLES OF TRUSTING OTHERS
 
April 4 – REBUILDING STRAINED RELATIONSHIPS
 
April 18 – IT WAS THE MOST DIFFICULT DECISION I EVER HAD TO MAKE
 
May 2 – MY OUTLOOK ON LIFE WAS…BUT NOW IT IS…
 
May 16 – MY GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS ARE
 
May 30 ­- 10 STRENGTHS I KNOW I HAVE THAT OTHERS DON’T ALWAYS SEE 
Location of Groups:
Mental Health Association in New Jersey in Union County
2333 Morris Ave., Building C, Suites 206 & 208, Union, NJ 07083


For More Information:

908-810-1001, Ext. 318 (Nell) or 319 (Jeff)

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