Mountainside Health Foundation Recognizes Need, Provides Funding
Turning Point, a local agency that provides treatment for adults suffering
from alcohol and drug addiction, is launching a new program that will
expand its services to assist the families of those battling addiction.
The program, called Family Wellness Program: Preserving and Restoring Families
Affected by Alcoholism and Drug Dependency, will offer information about
the disease of addiction, how it impacts families and how family members
can get help. Professional counseling will be made available to family
members who would benefit, and they will also receive referrals to support
groups and other resources within the community.
Thanks to support from Mountainside Health Foundation, families who live
in one of these towns can receive Family Wellness Program services at
little or no charge: Bloomfield, Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Glen Ridge, Little
Falls, Montclair, North Caldwell, Roseland, Verona, and West Orange.
What makes the Family Wellness Program unique? Unlike most other addiction
treatment programs, the family member who is battling addiction does not
need to participate in counseling in order for their family to get the
help they need to cope with the effects of addiction in their lives. The
Family Wellness Program can help families understand this disease and
how to deal with a member who is actively using or abusing a substance
whether or not that person has made the choice for sobriety.
“The disease of addiction is a public health problem, just like other
chronic diseases, and it’s much worse than most people think,”
said Dr. Manuel Guantez, Turning Point’s Executive Director. “Three
out of four people know someone who has a problem with alcohol or drugs.
But there is so much secrecy and shame involved that families avoid getting
help until it’s too late. The effects on a family are devastating.”
To be most effective, addiction treatment must engage and educate the entire
family and support system, whether or not the addicted person seeks treatment.
“Without question, addiction will move from generation to generation
unless something breaks the cycle,” Dr. Guantez stated. “That’s
why we’ve been wanting to do a program like this for years, but
it’s very difficult to find funding. We feel incredibly fortunate
that Mountainside Health Foundation understands the need in our community
and was willing to help us do something about it.”
Last fall, Mountainside Health Foundation announced that it would provide
start-up funding for Turning Point’s Family Wellness Program. “We
are pleased to partner with Turning Point to provide seed funding for
this innovative project designed to address such a significant, previously
unmet need,” said Pam Scott, Mountainside Health Foundation’s
Chief Foundation Officer. “We believe that many local families will
find support in this program that they have never been able to get before.”
For more information about Turning Point’s Family Wellness Program,
contact us. Let us know if you’d like to receive a copy of our free flyer, “How
Can I Recognize Signs of a Substance Abuse Problem in Someone I Care About?”
Turning Point, nationally recognized for its compassionate and effective
treatment of alcoholism and drug dependency, has served more than 35,000
clients from Essex County and surrounding communities at its residential
and outpatient treatment centers since 1975. Turning Point is accredited
by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
and adheres to the criteria set by the American Society of Addiction Medicine
(ASAM). For more information about Turning Point and its services, go
to www.tpnj.org or call 973-239-9400, ext. 158.
The Mountainside Health Foundation seeks to create healthier communities
by supporting and advancing good health, wellness education, and disease
prevention and treatment. This program is one of a growing number of partnerships
the Foundation has formed to respond to the health needs of the local
community. Visit www.mshfoundation.org to learn more.