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Sunday, March 3, 2019 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Caron Recovery Center in New York
244 E. 58th Street
New York, NY 10022

Registration is required.
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Maria Hendrickson

When an individual struggles with a substance use disorder, family and friends often wonder how addiction became the focus of the relationship. Those close to the individual may feel that the relationship has been compromised by anxiety and frustrations. Family members may experience complex emotions, relationship damage, and negative consequences connected to their loved one’s substance use. Others may experience fear, a sense of obligation, or guilt over the mounting impact of addiction on the family. At any level, addiction robs the family of health, trust, and connection. And soon, family members find themselves wondering: “How did I get here, and what happens next?”

This seminar will assist family members in addressing these questions and focus on identifying dynamics within the family that may contribute to the progression of their loved one’s disease. Through education and supportive discussion, participants will gain a new outlook about how to best cope with the challenges of active addiction and early recovery in their homes, lives, and relationships.

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 Seniors, 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 Seniors Family Education Program at Caron. She is passionate about addiction education and family recovery.

Additional Information

Registration and Lunch - 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Presentation - 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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