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Saturday, September 15, 2018 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Northstar Community
563 Southlake Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23236

Registration is required.
For More Information:
Ann-Marie Loose 610-743-6287

What is addiction? Many people view it as choice, a question of will power or a moral failing. As a result, the disease of chemical dependency leads to isolation and shame. Many are left with overwhelming questions:
“How bad is it? Is this a problem? How did this happen? What does this mean? What do I do now?”

Families experience shock and fear when they begin to suspect a loved one may have a problem. Feeling scared and alone, they do not know how to help or where to turn. Standing alone in the middle of a frozen lake, they are on thin ice.

This interactive presentation provides a conceptual framework for addiction and recovery. It details a process for family recovery. First, they need to understand addiction and what it means to be powerless over drugs and alcohol. Second, they learn how to help an addict without contributing to the problem. Third, and most critically, they begin to heal themselves.

About The Presenter
Sarah Martinez
Sarah Martinez

Sarah Martinez is a Family Counselor II at Caron Wernersville. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Cornell University, where she studied Human Development concentrating in Cognitive Science. After graduation, she worked at Georgetown University Medical Center in a molecular biology laboratory as a neuroscience research assistant. Sarah most recently attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she received a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work. She worked as an intern at a dual diagnosis psychiatric facility and an inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. She has worked at Caron as a Family Counselor since 2012. Sarah has experience working with both young adult and adult patients and families. She currently leads the Relapse Family Education Program at Caron Pennsylvania. She is passionate about addiction education and family recovery.

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8:30 AM - Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00AM - Noon - Program Presentation

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