NCADD of Middlesex County, Inc. and First Call Alcohol/Drug Prevention & Recovery from Kansas City, Missouri announced today that the two agencies have entered into a strategic collaboration agreement to bring an exciting family support program to New Jersey.
How to Cope, developed by First Call, is an intensive family educational/intervention program, designed to support adults who are living with someone who is struggling with a substance use disorder. Program participants come to understand that they can get well regardless of whether the addict gets well. However, the ideal outcome would be for these changes in the rest of the family to help the addicted member of the family, as well.
"NCADD of Middlesex is an ideal partner for us, based on their strong record of developing home-grown prevention programs such as Footprints for Life™ and We’re Not Buying It 2.0!™ stated First Call’s Molly O'Neill, President & CEO. “We are proud to announce this unique collaboration and are truly excited at the prospect of having our How to Cope program implemented in New Jersey" added Ms. O’Neill.
A third collaborator on the project is the Passion Care Center in Perth Amboy, which will pilot the program in Spanish, developing a true cultural translation of the program. After attending the four-day training to implement the program, Executive Director Eli Santiago remarked, “I can’t wait to bring this valuable intervention to the families in our community. There are few resources such as How to Cope available in Spanish, so this is particularly exciting.”
“This relationship is important because new directions in the substance use prevention and recovery support fields are so complex that they require cross-collaboration between agencies like ours to bring the greatest benefit to individuals and families affected by substance use,” noted NCADD’s CEO & Executive Director Steve Liga.
How To Cope received the 2008 National Exemplary Award for Innovative Substance Abuse Prevention Programs, Practices and Policies from the National Association of State Alcohol/Drug Abuse Directors. The program has been proven to reduce co-dependency and increase resiliency in families. The next goal for the program is to have it listed on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices maintained by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Replicating the success the program had in Missouri in New Jersey is an important step in that process.
If you are interested in signing your family up for this program, please call NCADD at 732-254-3344 and speak to Heather Ward, who will be coordinating the project in New Jersey. Groups will be forming soon.
About NCADD of Middlesex County, Inc.
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) of Middlesex County, Inc. is a non-profit, community-based health organization providing prevention, education, information, and referral services to county residents, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations, municipal alliances, and social service agencies since 1980. NCADD provides a wide variety of services in several formats to meet the needs of a diverse audience. In addition to providing a wealth of information on this website, the agency publishes several monthly newsletters and has developed educational programs targeted at health care professionals, educators, parents, children, and others facing the challenges and affects of substance abuse every day. NCADD has counselors who are available to help you, your organization, or someone you know gain the knowledge and tools necessary to reduce or eliminate problems associated with the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. www.ncadd-middlesex.org.
About First Call
First Call provides clinical, educational and prevention services to individuals and families in the Greater Kansas City area impacted by alcohol and drug addiction. The agency also operates a 24-hour, seven days a week crisis call hotline (816-361-5900). First Call is an affiliate member of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Inc., the first advocacy health organization dealing exclusively with substance use disorders in the United States. It is the mission of First Call to reduce the impact of alcohol, drugs, and addiction by providing quality resources to individuals, families, and the community. www.firstcallkc.org.
About The Passion Care Center
The Passion Care Center’s mission is to help individuals and their families heal from substance abuse and commonly related behavioral health issues through a holistic approach to recovery that is both efficient and client-directed. The Passion Care Center provides sound, evidence-based treatment for individuals with co-occurring mental health and chemical dependency problems in a comprehensive and coordinated delivery of eclectic services. The Passion Care Center’s team of clinicians and specialists formulate and implement a personalized treatment plan to address the individual’s unique constellation of clinical concerns, including family system considerations. An essential premise of The Passion Care Center’s mission is to maintain an unquestionable level of integrity with respect to ethical standards and best-practice approaches, informed by an unwavering client-centered philosophy. www.thepassioncarecenter.com.