MORRIS PLAINS, NJ - Adath Shalom Synagogue believes that today's society is facing a crisis of substance abuse that directly impacts people of all communities, socio-economic sectors and demographics. The synagogue , in cooperation with Prevention is Key and Jewish Family Service of MetroWest will allow community members the opportunity to learn from Law Enforcement, Therapists and Prevention Professionals as well as a family who has gone through this experience.
The webinar is FREE and will focus on substance abuse among teenagers.
This FREE Webinar series can be watched either live or on a recording. The live sessions will be held on three consecutive Wednesdays; September 14, September 21 and September 28 from 12 noon to 12:40 pm.
The first Session on September 14 will discuss the impact of this crisis in Morris County, stated Susan Solomon, Synagogue Social Worker. The Morris County Prosecutor's Office will share key information vital to parents, grandparents and anyone who has or relates to teenagers.
“I commend the organizers of this WEBINAR for taking a proactive approach with discussing substance abuse among our teenagers. We need to educate our youth and their parents about the ongoing heroin and opiate epidemic”, said Prosecutor Knapp.
Adolescent counselor of Jewish Family Services MetroWest, Robyn Kraugman will talk about medical facts and consequences of substance use for teens and tweens in Session 2.
"This session will talk about facts you should know, consequences and how to identify if a child has a problem and then they will talk about ways to approach the child", said Solomon. "Session 1 begins with prevention and then we move into recognition in Session 2 and Session 3 is treatment and support."
Session 3 will not talk about specific treatment centers but more of what patients and parents can expect.
"We stress the importance of follow through and follow up", said Solomon. "We thought of having a live program but there were concerns. This is a resource that people can go to. We wanted it to be as anonymous as possible. We wanted to make it as convenient and ongoing as possible".