Addiction is insidious: it can sneak into our lives and rapidly take over at a moment’s notice. However, recovery is possible. Through support, intervention, and improved quality of life, it is possible for someone suffering with addiction to come out the other side. Like most things in life, when it comes to recovery, a strong community of advocates and allies can make all the difference. No matter what stage of life you’re in, you can rest assured knowing there are members of your own community here to support you and understand exactly what you’re going through. If you’re in recovery and hoping to stay on that path, please join the Empowerment House for their upcoming relapse prevention group, “We Do Recover”.

Beginning on August 2nd, the We Do Recover support group will begin holding sessions on the ins and outs of sustaining and maintaining recovery. This is a 10-week, 10-session program designed for returning citizens who have reentered society within the last three years. Registration is required to attend, so if you do wish to participate, please contact Trenton’s Office of Returning Citizens at (609) 989-3722, or you can visit their offices at 509 Perry St., Trenton, NJ 08618.

Sessions will be held at Trenton’s Mercer County Community College campus, located at 102 N. Broad St., Trenton, NJ 08608. The first meeting of the program will be held on Wednesday, August 2nd from 5pm to 7pm. Refreshments and snacks will be provided at each session.

Over the course of the ten weeks, guests will have the opportunity to learn about a number of crucial topics including:

  • Understanding addiction and how it effects the brain
  • Identifying high-risk situations and irrational beliefs
  • Understanding the importance a healthy lifestyle and leisure
  • How to identify healthy vs. unhealthy relationships
  • How to create a relapse prevention plan
  • How to cope with triggers and cravings
  • 5 stages of change

Upon completion of the course, a certificate of completion will be available for participants.

This program is offered by Empowerment House, with additional support being provided by the City of Trenton. Empowerment House is a local non-profit devoted to offering a transitional sanctuary and assistance to lower socio-economic residents of the Mercer County community. Their work helps to identify those who are at risk of being impacted the ongoing drug crisis and implement programming and support to encourage a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Empowerment House connects those in need with training and education in some of life’s most crucial areas, including self-care and wellness, managing finances, building healthy relationships, and more. If you’d like to read more about Empowerment House and support this incredible work, please visit their website here: Empowerment House – Home.

Recovery is possible, and made all the more achievable when there’s an incredible support system in place to help you along every stage of the journey. If you or a loved one could benefit from these services, do not delay – be sure to register today!

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