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Saturday, April 21, 2018 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM

High Mountain Presbyterian Church
730 Franklin Lakes Rd
Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417

Registration is required.
For More Information:
Trudy Avery 617-895-9656

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, hopes and goals can be derailed. What may not be so obvious is that family can contribute to the progression of the addiction just by trying to help. Substance use disorders derail lives and relationships.

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

About The Presenter
Sarah Martinez
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

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

11:30 - Registration
Lunch is Served
Noon - Families Navigating Early Recovery
2:30 - Closing

Please do not let finances prohibit your attendance. Contact Trudy Avery at 617-9656 or for information regarding workshop scholarships.
Underwritten by the Catherine Caron Fund and the generosity of Lauren and Jay Springer

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