Mercer County Helps People Dealing With Addiction Learn About Recovery

Mercer County Helps People Dealing With Addiction Learn About Recovery

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Over the past 10 years, statistics show that New Jersey has seen a staggering 700% increase in individuals seeking treatment for opioid addictions. It is common knowledge that substance abuse contributes to violence and crime rates, high health-care expenses, and immense emotional costs from individuals and families. This is why finding effective treatment for those who become addicted is so crucial.

The month of September, nationally recognized as Recovery Month, is a time to reflect on the progress and growth of those in recovery from addiction issues. It is also a time to show that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can recover from mental health and substance use disorders. As a result, Mercer County will co-host a dinner and discussion event at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, for those who suffer from addiction, as well as their family members. Attendees will hear about recovery from experts and those who have been there. You can return to a life of health and well-being!

The fact is that addiction is a growing crisis across our state, specifically opioid addiction — addiction to prescription painkillers or illicit drugs like heroin.

The community must remain vigilant and dedicated to the recovery process by helping people address these preventable and treatable conditions, and support individuals in recovery as well as their family members.

The Oct. 8 event, sponsored by the Mercer County Co-Occurring Task Force, will be held at the RWJ Fitness & Wellness Center on Quakerbridge Road in Hamilton. If you or someone you know is seeking recovery from substance abuse issues, please call the Mercer County Office on Addiction Services.

For more information on the Oct. 8 event, please contact the Office on Addiction Services at (609) 989-6826. This event is free but registration is required.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.

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