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.


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