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Posted on: March 29, 2017

Freeholder Linda Hughes Announces Alcohol & Drug Addiction Community Forum

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Burlington County Freeholder Linda Hughes announced today that the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders has partnered with Ashley Addiction Treatment, a nationally recognized leader in the treatment of alcoholism and drug addiction. They will bring their expertise and addiction educational programs to the residents of Burlington County to host a free alcohol and drug addiction community forum.

“We are proud to be partnering with Ashley Addiction Treatment, to enlist their expertise and support in the fight against addiction,” said Freeholder Hughes. “Ashley Addiction Treatment boasts an impressive array of professionals including medical doctors, psychologists, registered nurses, addiction counselors and specialized clinicians. Ashley provides drug and alcohol addiction treatment that combines the science of medicine, the art of therapy and the compassion of spirituality for patients and their families.”

The forum will be held on Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Burlington County Library Main Branch located at 5 Pioneer Blvd. in Westampton.

“The purpose of this community forum is to increase awareness and educate residents about the dangers associated with alcohol and substance abuse,” explained Hughes. “The forum will focus on explaining the science behind addiction, the epidemic and how we got here, along with what resources are available and how to best access and utilize them.”

“In addition, experts will be on hand to discuss important topics such as how to tell if a loved one is using, signs and symptoms of substance abuse, addiction in adults verse young people, how our children are at risk, when and how to ask for help, what people can do to help friends or family members who are struggling, and what programs are available for addicts and their families,” Hughes continued. “There will also be opportunities for residents to have their specific questions answered.”

Presenters include:

  • Dr. Bernadette Solounias, VP/Chief Medical Officer
  • Dr. J. Gregory Hobelmann, Staff Psychiatrist
  • Dr. David Crohn, Psychologist, Co-Occurring Disorder & Trauma Specialist
  • Mr. James Ryan, Young Adult Clinical Program Director
  • Martha Meehan-Cohen, Director of Alumni Services & Development

“This community forum will bring together community advocates, leaders and all who are affected by alcohol and drug addiction in a united effort to eradicate this growing epidemic. We must attack this issue in Burlington County with facts, knowledge and public awareness,” concluded Freeholder Hughes. “It is our hope that this special event will convey a lasting message and provide insight to our residents that they are not alone in this battle and there are resources available to them.’’

Ashley Addiction Treatment was founded in 1983 by Father Joseph C. Martin, S.S. and his friend and business partner, Mae Abraham, whose maiden name was Ashley. Mae Abraham initiated the idea to build a treatment facility. The two first met at one of his award-winning “Chalk Talks” at Johns Hopkins University in 1964. As people who suffered from the disease of alcoholism, they were inspired to make a change and help other addicts get well. For additional information about Ashley Addiction Treatment please visit, https://www.ashleytreatment.org.  

For questions about the community forum please contact Martha Meehan-Cohen at 410-273-2205 or MCohen@ashleytreatment.org.   

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