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ADAPT Schedules Drug Abuse Classes

Marinette County Health And Human Services, ADAPT announce the next Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Family Educational Series open to the public. This series is developed to address the areas growing concernsrelated to the devastating impact that substance use has had on individuals, families, and the economic prosperity of the area.

The AODA Family Educational Series has been developed to address three important issues associated with substance use: prevention, intervention, and treatment. This program can be used as an adjunct to young people who have been cited for underage drinking, substance use, violations in school, family members who are concerned about a loved one's substance use, individuals who are struggling with their own substance use, or treatment professionals who are looking for resources to help educate their clients about the dynamics of this life threatening disease. This series is also for medical and behavioral health professionals interested in learning more about the dynamics of Substance Use Disorders.

The series began on Dec. 19 from 6 to 8 PM and goes for five consecutive weeks for a total of six weeks. All sessions are held in the basement conference room at 2500 Hall Ave, Marinette. No one under 18 years of age will be allowed without parents or legal guardian. It is strongly recommended that all family members attend excluding children under the age of 12.

All participants must call Marinette County Health and Human Services at 715-732-7760 or 1-888-732-7549 and reserve how many participants will attend. Space is limited and available on a first come basis. There is no cost. Participants are expected to attend all six sessions to be considered eligible for Certificate of Completion. Times are 6 to 8 p.m.

The dates and topics are Session 1: Dec. 19 on Disease Concept of Substance Dependence. This session develops a model of understanding to help participants better understand the dynamics of this devastating illness. Differences between addiction and dependence are made in order to better understand the myths and misconceptions about this disease.

On Jan. 9 is Session 2 on Progression of Dependence. The presentation looks at how this disease advances from experimental usage to the late chronic stage. This progression is usually unnoticed by those who are most affected. Participants will have the opportunity to learn what can be done to recognize the progression of this illness and its effect on family members.

Session 3 on Jan. 16 is Family Aspects of Substance Dependence. The session deals with how substance dependence influences family dynamics, the rules and roles played out by family members, in a dysfunctional family system such as those challenged by substance dependence.

Session 4 on Jan. 23 deals with Treatment of Substance Dependence with a discussion of the process of intervention and gives participants practical guidelines in this process.

On Jan. 30 is Session 5 onRelapse Prevention. A relapse often occurs for many who struggle with challenges related to the recovery process of substance dependence. The session is a must for anyone and their family and friends who are recovering from substance dependence. Specific behavioral, emotional, and thought patterns associated with a relapse and ways to intervene will be discussed. Alternatives to relapse will be covered so substance dependence no longer has to be a controlling factor in people's lives.

Session 6 on Feb. 6 is on Community Support for substance dependent people, their families and friends make the process of recovering easier and more effective. People from within the community who have confronted the challenge of overcoming the devastating effects of this disease and want to share their personal experiences throughout their recovery process give this presentation.

Persons must sign in for every class and must be present or they will not receive credit. A quiz must be passed to obtain a certificate. The certificate is the only proof you will receive to verify your attended all classes and passed the quiz.


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