Love Someone With Substance Use Disorder? Recovery Workshop Starts June 4 at Pine Street Community Center

May 27, 2019

Loving someone with an addiction, and helping them find the support they need to achieve recovery, is hard. The good news is guidance is available on how to help a loved one using substances or engaging in other risky behaviors.

Seeing a dire need for resources in Southern Ocean County to help those in recovery, Elizabeth Burke Beaty, a certified life coach, recovery coach and nutrition coach, has partnered with the New Jersey Resource Project, NJ Connect for Recovery and the Mental Health Association in New Jersey to offer a free 13-week workshop on Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m., starting June 4 with an introductory session.

Thereafter, the topics will be: understanding reactions and behaviors (June 11); ambivalence and enabling (June 18); communication goals and resilience (June 25); self-care and stress/emotion management (July 2); “You’re Not Alone” and shame and self-compassion (July 9); communicating love (July 16); positive communication, advocacy for self and loved ones (July 23); problem solving and family collaboration (July 30); levels of care, reinforcement (Aug. 6); consequences and understanding insurance (Aug. 13); crisis plan, wrap-up and resources (Aug. 20); and Narcan training (Aug. 27).

The workshop takes place at the Pine Street Community Center, 25 Pine St. in Manahawkin, meeting room B – the little building behind the Bay Avenue Community Center. No registration is required; participants may attend any or all weeks.

Beaty, the workshop facilitator, has 27 years of recovery. For 23 of those years, she has worked with people of all ages in recovery; she has worked with homeless youth as a crisis intervention counselor and has been a Big Sister and a support group leader; and she and her husband, Tom Beaty, are currently foster parents in Ocean County, not only to love and care for children, but also to support their parents, who may be suffering from addiction and/or mental illness.

Whether dealing with mild concerns or facing sudden and terrifying changes, Beaty said, a loved one’s substance use can make daily life more nerve-wracking and sometimes explosive. Her workshop offers hope and tools.

“We want you to know about all of your options when it comes to this complex problem,” Beaty said. “You can actually play a big role in helping your loved one shift their motivation toward positive change. This workshop will expose you to a variety of researched, developed, tested and powerful tools that you can use to turn motivation on – and sustain it. Each week, you will learn how to stay involved in a positive, ongoing way, while also taking care of yourself.”

To answer questions or provide additional information, Beaty may be reached at 917-623-9339. For further details, visit newjerseyrp.org. The three-pronged goal of the New Jersey Resource Project is to educate, connect and impact.  —V.F.

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