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Saturday, May 5, 2018 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Caron Atlanta
1200 Ashwood Parkway - Suite 125
Atlanta, GA 30338

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

Early recovery is filled with re-emerging hope and new possibilities. After the pain and chaos of active addiction, hope begins to re-emerge in early recovery. Families seek serenity after months or years of living from crisis to crisis. Yet the sense of calm may be elusive as families live in dread of the words “I’ve relapsed.”

The idea of relapsing seems unfathomable after experiencing the gains of recovery. The reality is that addiction may be a relapsing disease. This is likely the biggest fear of families in the transitional period of early recovery. It is helpful to families to understand the true meaning of and the interaction between the words recovery and relapse. With this knowledge, families can begin to focus on healthy recovery as means to prevent relapse.

This active learning seminar will explore complexities of the relapse process. The presentation will examine relapsing thoughts, attitude, and behaviors while focusing on the healing dynamics of family recovery. It will provide information on how to stay committed to self-care, by introducing coping skills and detachment. Recovery for life makes hope, health, and healing, once again become possible.

About The Presenter
Vanessa Sommer

Vanessa Sommer MA, CADC, ICADC, is a Family Counselor at Caron. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Alvernia University, where she studied Clinical Psychology and Addiction Counseling. She continued her education at Rosemont College, receiving a Master’s Degree in Community and Applied Clinical Psychology.

Vanessa began her career working as an in-home family counselor, assisting families in rebuilding their relationships after extended separation events, developing parent education programs and implementing family workshops. Since joining the team at Caron in 2004, she has worked extensively with families impacted by addiction. She has particular expertise working with the families of Older Adults, Healthcare Professionals, and parents of Young Adults. She is an experienced public speaker and presents on Addiction as a Disease, Recovery and Relapse, Family Dynamics and Addiction, as well as Communication and Boundaries. Vanessa was a principal member of the Young Adult Program Family Education Program at its inception. Vanessa currently leads the Primary Women, Health Care Professionals, and Older Adult Family Education Programs at Caron. She is passionate about addiction education and family recovery.

Dean Monteleone
Dean Monteleone

Dean Monteleone is the Clinical Director for Caron Atlanta's outpatient program – the Atlanta regions’ longest freestanding Intensive Outpatient program for Teens and Young Adults

Before joining the Caron team in April of 2012, Dean served as the Clinical Director for the DDT team, a program designed to support dually diagnosed patients & families and prior to that as the Clinical Director for the Admissions, Evaluation, Intervention and UR departments that served the Greater Pittsburgh and Eastern Ohio areas. Over the course of his career, Dean has worked directly with adults, teens and families affected by addiction, cancer, mental health issues and intellectual developmental disabilities as well as the unique challenges faced by healthcare professionals struggling with their own self-care. He has had multiple roles within the addictions field for the last 18 years serving as Clinical Director, Clinical Supervisor, Primary Therapist, Interventionist as well as Adjunct Faculty at local universities.

Dean was an instrumental part of the original Caron team that launched the My First Year of Recovery Aftercare Program. He provided assessment, consultation and monitoring services to patients and their families for up to four years following their discharge from primary treatment.

Dean earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, his Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University and has been a Licensed Professional Counselor in PA since 2005.

Additional Information

8:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 am The Fear of Relapse or The Joy of Recovery
Noon Closing

Please do not let finances prohibit your attendance. Contact Nancy Zintak at 404-805-1442 or for information regarding workshop scholarships.
Underwritten by the Catherine Caron Fund and the generosity of Lauren and Jay Springer

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