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Saint Peter’s University Hospital Launches Substance Abuse and Addiction Loss Support Group

April 8, 2021

Saint Peter’s University Hospital Launches Substance  Abuse and Addiction Loss Support Group
New Brunswick, N.J. – April 8, 2021 – Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a member of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, has launched the Substance Abuse and Addiction Loss Support Group for families who are coping with loss due to addiction. The free and confidential support group meets virtually on the second Thursday of every month from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.
 
Inspired by Saint Peter’s Opioid Task Force, the Substance Abuse and Addiction Loss Support Group is for families and close loved ones of people who have passed away from addiction. The social workers at Saint Peter’s realized that families in the Middlesex County area did not have a local support group that offered them the opportunity to talk through their feelings of loss due to addiction. The support group is open to everyone in New Jersey and serves as a safe space for families to discuss their grief.
 
“Losing a loved one to an addiction often carries a stigma. Families are dealing with their grief, along with several different emotions, and may believe they can’t talk with other families due to the stigma,” said Olivia Rivera-Marmara, MSW, LCSW, social work manager for Saint Peter’s Care Coordination Department. “This group is a safe space for people to grieve without being judged for their loved one’s addiction or the circumstances of their death.”
 
According to Rivera-Marmara, substance abuse has increased during the pandemic due to social isolation. People who are using illicit substances are struggling to get access to treatment, individualized therapy, or recovery due to the suspension of services or groups as a result of COVID-19.
 
“So much of the focus has been on COVID-19, but people are struggling with addiction and families are grieving. Saint Peter’s is still here to help families through the healing process and to focus on the issue of substance abuse for those who are hurting during the pandemic,” said Rivera-Marmara.
 
To join the Substance Abuse and Addiction Loss Support Group, please call Jeanne Delacruz, MSW, LCSW, a social worker at Saint Peter’s who facilitates this support group, at (732) 745-8522 or email jdanyus@saintpetersuh.com.
 
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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