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Saturday, December 2, 2017 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

401 Plymouth Road
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

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

Addiction is a chronic disease. Society frequently and mistakenly views it as a choice, a lack of control, or a moral failing.

Addiction affects the way the brain works and therefore, changes the individual’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. As a result of witnessing this process, family members frequently feel scared, alone and overwhelmed. It is apparent that the family suffers greatly as dreams, hope and goals can be derailed. What may not be so obvious is that family can contribute to the progression of the addiction, jut by trying to help. Substance use disorders derail lives and relationships.

How do families navigate early recovery? First, they need to understand addiction and what it means to be powerless over drugs and alcohol. Second, they learn how to appropriately support the addict and take care of themselves. Third, and most critically, they begin to heal themselves and to build healthy relationships.

This presentation will explain these three objectives through the lens of a family member. It will explore tools for getting their lives back on track.

About The Presenter
Sarah Martinez

Sarah Martinez, MSW, CAADC 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.

Elizabeth Wooldridge

Elizabeth Wooldridge, BA, CRS is the Clinical Supervisor of the My First Year of Recovery Program at Caron Wernersville. She started college at Gardner Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC and graduated from Ashford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She joined the team at Caron in 2004. Over the years, she has worked extensively with the Men’s Phase I and the Young Adult Male patients who participated in Recovery Care Services post discharge from Caron. In 2015, Elizabeth began working with patients and families in the My First Year of Recovery Program. She finds it very rewarding to be able to see sick and suffering people enter treatment, and then have the privilege of watching the miracle happen as they take their lives back from the disease of addiction. She is very passionate about helping patients and their families along that journey.

Additional Information

8:30 AM - Registration (Continental Breakfast is served.)
9:00 AM - Program
Noon - Closing

Please do not let finances prohibit your attendance. Contact Ann-Marie Loose at (610) 743-6287 or for information regarding workshop scholarships. Underwritten by the Catherine Caron Fund and the generosity of Lauren & Jay Springer.