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The Holidays Are Hard on Everyone

The Holidays Are Hard on Everyone
By the time you read this, the last remnants of your Thanksgiving meal would have been eaten. The craziness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just behind us. And now we start to look forward to the remaining holidays. You know, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. And of course, New Year’s. From festive parties to the stress of family get-togethers, to the ever present question “what do I get for him/her?” the holidays are already an overwhelming time. But they can be especially difficult for those dealing with addiction, or those who may be just “starting out”. The problem with the holidays is that almost every event involves alcohol in some way; it's simply part of the culture. The temptation to drink or to get high can be hard to avoid. For others, the holidays are a particularly lonely time, especially if their past problems with substance use left them estranged...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 24, 2018

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 24, 2018
On a warm fall evening, employees of Catholic Charities, their guests along with Wellspring Center for Prevention (NCADD) staff came together to celebrate the 2015 National Recovery Month by dedicating the agency’s annual “Tree of Hope” to the Catholic Charities’ East Brunswick Family Service Center. Wellspring’s annual Tree of Hope campaign is designed to raise the consciousness of our neighbors in Middlesex County to the fact that addiction is an illness from which many do recover, and to celebrate those recoveries. This annual event is one of the agency’s primary fundraising vehicles and supports their confidential information and referral Helpline, which helps over 800 individuals and families begin their journey of recovery. The “Tree of Hope” is awarded annually to an organization that promotes recovery from addiction. “We chose the Catholic Charities’ East Brunswick Family Service Center as our 2015 Tree of Hope recipient because of their impact on the community...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 30, 2018

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 30, 2018
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence – New Jersey put on a phenomenal and educational event to kick-off the beginning of September as National Addiction Recovery Month with a forum examining supports that help stabilize the lives of people who are in recovery from alcohol or other drug problems. National Addiction Recovery Month focuses on the 23 million Americans who are in recovery from addiction and as a result, lead rich, fulfilling lives. Recovery support services which are vital in preventing relapse, and thus stemming the tides of addiction, include job training and referrals, education, housing, resume writing, computer skills, as well as fostering a supportive environment. These services are often the missing piece in rehabilitation. The event was on Tuesday September 1st at the Middlesex County Fire Academy in Sayreville, New Jersey and was attended by approximately 100 people. There were ten exhibitor tables, all highlighting work already...
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