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 email@example.com 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.
Tuesday March 28, 2017 — Understanding Medication Assisted Treatment
Explore the different types of treatment available and its role in treating a substance use disorder.
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
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
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