Posted on: July 19, 2017

Freeholder Linda Hughes Announces Addiction Support Group Meetings

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Burlington County Freeholder Linda Hughes announced today that the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders in partnership with Ashley Addiction Treatment will be hosting a series of monthly Parent & Family Connection meetings to share support, wisdom, and perspective to help cope with the effects of addiction.

“Coming off the success of our first forum, we want to continue bringing members of the community together to address the addiction epidemic while providing support for those affected,” said Freeholder Linda Hughes. “These meetings will offer a safe and professionally-facilitated resource for parents, guardians, and other family members that have a child or other loved one in recovery or in active addiction.”

The first addiction support group meeting will be held on Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Burlington County Agricultural Center Farmhouse located at 500 Centerton Road in Moorestown.

“By providing an intimate environment where residents can connect with resources and other members of the community, it is our goal to continue to end the stigma that surrounds addiction,” added Hughes. “We want everyone to know that if you are battling addiction in Burlington County there are resources and support available for you.”

“The meetings will help navigate sensitive topics such as supporting children without enabling them, focusing on your personal recovery and signs that your child is using again,” concluded Hughes. “Other topics include recovery support and resources outside of the Ashley Parent & Family Connection group, what to do if your child stops going to recovery-based activities, and how to handle a crisis.”

The meeting will be facilitated by Rich Sockriter, MS, LPC, LCADC. Mr. Sockriter is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor with over 25 years of clinical and executive experience in inpatient, outpatient, and community health.

The Parent & Family Connection Meetings are free and open to public. Meetings will be held on the third Thursday of each month. For additional information visit https://www.ashleytreatment.org/pec-events/nj-parent-family-connection-new-location/?event_date=1495132200 or contact 410-273-2205.

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