BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Free workshops to assist the families and friends of those struggling with addiction - and coping strategies for those seeking to break the chain of addiction - are being offered throughout October and into November at two Bernards Township churches.

Basking Ridge-based Community in Crisis, established in response to drug overdose deaths and continuing heroin and opioid abuse in the last few years, is presenting the workshops. The workshops are open to the public. 

Workshops for families and friends of those affected by addiction

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Chris Schroeder, a facilitator of recovery workshops for more than 20 years, is nationally recognized and a member of the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence who will be leading two more workshops for families and friends of those affected by addiction. All workshops are offered free of charge.

Recovery Methodology is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26. The workshop will focus on diving into the recovery process and the behavioral changes needed. 

Challenges to the Family is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2. Creating a safe and healthy environment for individuals in recovery will be addressed that night

These workshops will be held at the Community in Crisis Wellness Center in the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church, 1 East Oak St. in Basking Ridge, N.J..

The entrance to the workshops is down the staircase off South Maple Ave, opposite the Bernards Township Library at 32 S. Maple Ave. Attendees are asked to look for the yellow balloons. Parking is available. The nearest New Jersey Transit train is the Basking Ridge station on the Gladstone line, less than a 10-minute walk away. For more information, visit or email 

Your Recovery Journey workshop to begin Tuesday, Oct. 17

The Your Recovery Journey series of four workshops scheduled to be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays starting on Oct. 17 in the Amos Room at the Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church, 45 Church St, in Liberty Corner. 

Participants will be offered a safe space in which they will be encouraged to learn, ask questions,
and share their relevant experiences during each 90-minute class, according to Community in Crisis. Attendees' privacy will be respected. 

Handling emotional triggers

Workshops include interactive strategies for socializing, handling emotional triggers and the development of a healthier daily routine. 

Workshops will be facilitated by Mary Ann Badenoch, MA, LPC, a licensed professional counselor and Master Addictions Counselor.

The recovery workshops also are offered free of charge. Parking is available. For more information, please email

The workshops are scheduled for Oct. 17 and 24; and Nov. 7 and 14. The entrance will be marked with yellow balloons.