Saint Peter’s University Hospital Presents “Successful Recovery from Addiction”

April 8, 2021

Saint Peter’s University Hospital Presents “Successful Recovery from Addiction”
New Brunswick, N.J. – April 8, 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 21, 2021 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM over Zoom. The topic, “Successful Recovery from Addiction” will be presented by Donald Rogers, CADC, CPRS, Community Outreach director at The Recovery Village Cherry Hill at Cooper.
Nearly 10 people a day are lost to overdoses, according to the Office of the Governor of New Jersey, and isolation caused by the pandemic has increased the potential for relapses and overdoses. As the pandemic continues to impact individuals and families, it is paramount that those struggling with addiction be able to find quality treatment options for recovery.
Rogers says that strength and hope are important keys to the recovery journey. He is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, and is certified in The Foundations of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT).
In this presentation, Rogers will share his story of active addiction, treatment episodes, and interactions with law enforcement. He will also explain the disease concept of addiction, family systems and how addiction can impact loved ones, and the experience of treatment leading to the recovery process.
To register for “Successful Recovery from Addiction,” please visit:

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:
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:
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:
If you have any questions about the virtual lectures, please contact Robert J. LaForgia, coordinator, Healthier Middlesex, at 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 or call 732-745-8600.

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