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Learn About the Value of Recovery Coaches for Those Struggling to Overcome Addiction

March 29, 2021

Learn About the Value of Recovery Coaches for Those Struggling to Overcome Addiction
New Brunswick, N.J. – March 25, 2021 – Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a member of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, will host the fifth free lecture in its virtual family lecture series on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM over Zoom. The topic, “Getting the Right Resources for Overcoming Addiction: The Role of the Recovery Coach,” will be presented by Bonnie Nolan, PhD, Addiction Services coordinator, Woodbridge Opioid Overdose Recovery Program (WOORP).
 
According to the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, there were 3,046 suspected drug-related deaths in 2020. The opioid epidemic continues to plague New Jersey, but there is hope for recovery with the help of addiction recovery coaches. These professionals are trained to help those struggling with addiction find the resources they need for continued sobriety. Most recovery coaches are people in long-term recovery, while others are peer coaches who are close family members of people who have struggled with substance dependence.
 
Uninsured or underinsured patients often struggle to find help when seeking resources to overcome their addictions. In this presentation, Nolan will explain how recovery coaches can advocate for patients and help with patient navigation to discover a variety of treatment options. The recovery coaches who have firsthand experience in overcoming substance dependency serve as role models for successfully beating the cycle of addiction. Nolan will also address how addiction recovery coaches prioritize connection, harm reduction, education and treatment over punishment.
 
To register for “Getting the Right Resources for Overcoming Addiction: The Role of the Recovery Coach,” please visit:
https://SaintPetersHCS.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dcB-NO7KQbCuOm1fhIIvqw

Organized by Saint Peter’s Opioid Task Force, this virtual lecture series is designed for parents and families. The presentations in this series will address common parental concerns about the numerous ways the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted teens and young adults, from issues like isolation to how they cope, socialize and develop. The series will also explore addiction which has escalated during the pandemic and resources for successful recovery.
 
The virtual lectures will be presented every other Wednesday through May 5. An additional event is scheduled for June 2. Each lecture will start at 6:30 PM. The list of upcoming lecture topics is below:
 
April 21, 2021: Successful Recovery from Addiction
Presented by Donald Rogers, Community Outreach director, The Recovery Village Cherry Hill at Cooper
From 6:30 to 7:30 PM
Registration link: https://SaintPetersHCS.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5QCvDKsbSk-JkDa2sAna3w
 
May 5, 2021: Trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Self Care Strategies
Presented by Laurie Herrick, BS, and Heather Ward, MSW, LSW, CPS, Wellspring Center for Prevention
From 6:30 to 7:30 PM
Registration link: https://SaintPetersHCS.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2-vnCAeHTjKFFjTCrqHLCg
 
June 2, 2021: The HPV Vaccine’s Role in Cancer Prevention for Your Adolescent
Presented by Daniela Correa, MD, pediatrician, The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, and Paulina Rojas, MD, pediatrician, Saint Peter’s University Hospital’s Family Health Center
From 6:30 to 7:30 PM
Registration link: https://SaintPetersHCS.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7kQcomXSReqmT-3slyOPpw
 
If you have any questions about the virtual lectures, please contact Robert J. LaForgia, coordinator, Healthier Middlesex, at rlaforgia@saintpetersuh.com or 732-745-8600, ext. 5831. Please allow up to 48 hours for a response.
 
About Saint Peter’s University Hospital
Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a member of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, is a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Peter’s, which received its sixth consecutive designation as a Magnet® hospital for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2020, is a state-designated children’s hospital and a regional perinatal center, and is a regional specialist in diabetes, gastroenterology, head and neck surgery, oncology, orthopedics, and women’s services. The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital provides families with access to a full range of pediatric specialties, including a nationally recognized Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, pediatric surgery and orthopedic surgery featuring innovative anterior scoliosis correction. The hospital offers a midwifery service and the brand-new state-of-the-art Mary V. O’Shea Birth Center. Saint Peter’s is a sponsor of residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and internal medicine, and is a major clinical affiliate of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Visit saintpetershcs.com or call 732-745-8600.

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