(press release: summitbehavioralhealth) // New Jersey // Maria Ulmer MA, LMFT, CAADC | Chief Clinical Officer
Summit Behavioral Health is a major sponsor of the 2017 Drug Prevention Walk that takes place Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 10:00 am at Nomahegan Park, 1024, Springfield Avenue, Cranford, New Jersey 07016.
The theme of this year’s walk is ‘Invest in recovery instead of paying the price of addiction,’ and one of the major fundraising goals is to support the Raymond Lesniak ESH Recovery High School, the state’s first public high school dedicated to providing support for students and families impacted by addiction.
The high school was opened largely through the efforts of Prevention Links, a private, nonprofit organization that offers communion prevention services, family wellness services, and academic and recovery support for people battling drug addiction and alcohol abuse.
“New Jersey is suffering through a horrible heroin crisis,” stated Paul Lavella Jr. MA, LPC, LCADC, ACS Director of Alumni Services. “It’s important that every one of us to do what we can to support programs that help addicts recover and regain control over their lives. Last year’s walk showed the power of a group of people committed to the same goal, and as a major sponsor this year, we are hoping to exceed all our fundraising goals.”
The Raymond Lesniak ESH Recover High School provides recovery support programs – including 12 Steps, individual and family counseling and mentorship, family support that encourages parents and students to work together in the recovery process, emergency assistance, housing assistance, and child care. The high school also offers continuing education classes for adults, as well as job training programs.
Prevention Links will also receive a portion of the donations for the Drug Prevention Walk, as the organization continues to provide educational resources that can help steer young people in the right direction and prevent the next generation from becoming addicts.
Summit Behavioral Health is an addiction treatment center that offers drug and alcohol medical detox, inpatient treatment in a residential facility, and intensive and non-intensive outpatient treatment for patients who have successfully completed the residential program. Summit’s integrative treatment combines cognitive-behavioral and emotion-based therapy techniques with 12-step facilitation, and relapse prevention.
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