WEST LONG BRANCH: Families and friends can seek support in dealing with addiction in a non-judgmental, compassionate and receptive environment free of charge.
The Family Addiction Network will be hosting their monthly meeting at the West Long Branch Community Center on August 15, 2017 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. It's a place where one can learn about the disease of addiction and how help can be obtained to aid the afflicted and help those wanting to know what they can do to help.
The meetings are speaker and discussion sessions that invite questions and encourage sharing experiences, in an environment that gives aid, not judgments.
The speaker for this month is Donna DeStefano, Founder of P.I.C.K. (Parents in Connection for Kids, Inc.), a not for profit 501c3 corporation.
P.I.C.K is a prevention, treatment and recovery resource for parents, children, professionals and the general public who are seeking information and data on substance use disorders, mental health, suicide, general wellness and much more.
Donna created www.pickawareness.com as a vehicle to help families who are struggling with substance use disorder, after she and her family lived through their own journey with one of her daughters. She also writes a blog where she posts current drug trends and relevant information. She will share her story from the perspective of a parent, how she became involved with advocacy, and offer suggestions for self-care based on what worked for her.
She was active in the OORP (Opioid Overdose Recovery Program) grant now helping Narcan reversed individuals get treatment for opioid abuse in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
She has joined forces with The Partnership of Drug Free N.J., the DEA and the Attorney General's office to educate Dentists and Doctors on responsible prescribing of medications.
For more information please visit www.familyaddictionnetwork.org or the Facebook page Family Addiction Network. "You are NOT alone..." August 15th, 2017, 7:00 - 8:30pm, West Long Branch Community Center.