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Saturday, March 9, 2019 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Cetronia Ambulance Corps
4300 Broadway
Allentown, PA 18104

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

What is addiction? Many view it as a choice, a question of will power, or a moral failing. As a result, substance use disorder leads to isolation and shame. Many are left with overwhelming questions: How bad is it? How did this happen? Is it my fault? 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 substance use problem. Feeling scared and alone, they do not know how to help or where to turn. As if they are standing alone in the middle of a frozen lake - they are on thin ice.

This presentation provides a conceptual framework for addiction and recovery, and details a process for family recovery. First, participants will understand addiction and what it means to be powerless over drugs and alcohol. Second, they will learn how to help a loved one without contributing to the problem. Third, and most critically, they will be given guidance on how to begin healing themselves.

About The Presenter
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 and received her CAADC in 2014. Sarah has done presentations about addiction and family recovery at venues around the country and is passionate about her work.

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Registration and Continental Breakfast - 8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Presentation - 9AM - 12 PM

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