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Emerging Drug Trends, Substance Use Disorders and Advances in Recovery: Sussex County Conference on November 30, 2017


Throughout the last 40 years, the Center for Prevention and Counseling in Newton has been providing Sussex County with community-driven resources to address substance use. Over this time, their caring staff continues to offer evidence-based solutions for people and families with addiction and alcoholism through prevention, treatment and recovery initiatives. This month, the Center for Prevention and Counseling will host their yearly conference with current information pertinent to all people in every community sector, where leaders and lay people alike are encouraged to attend.


On November 30, spend the day learning national and community solutions to substance misuse and confidently understand the current addiction epidemic. The conference is being held at Farmstead Golf and Country Club, 88 Lawrence Road, Lafayette, NJ from 8:30am until 3pm.  Featured speaker is Donald Parker, President and CEO of Carrier Clinic, the largest independent, non-profit behavioral health hospital in New Jersey. Don was recently named by NJ Biz to 2017's Power 50 Health Care list, which reflects his success influencing change in the healthcare industry in New Jersey. As a visionary healthcare leader in New Jersey, Don has been featured in a large array of publications and is an engaging and empowering public speaker. 


Also presenting is Greg Williams, a recovery leader and filmmaker of two award winning documentaries, The Anonymous People and Generation Found. Greg spoke in Sussex County for Center for Prevention and Counseling’s Fall 2014 conference after producing The Anonymous People, a film that traces the history and successes of over 23 million individuals living in recovery. His most recent project, Generation Found, is a powerful story about one community coming together to ignite a youth addiction recovery revolution in their hometown. Greg Williams is also the co-founder of Facing Addiction, a national non-profit organization dedicated to finding solutions to the addiction crisis by unifying the voice of Americans and their families.

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Striving to bring a face and a voice to recovery, speaker Mariel Hufnagel has immersed herself wholeheartedly in mental health, addiction and criminal justice reform work. She is currently the Executive Director of The Ammon Foundation, Linden, NJ, whose mission is to provide strategic support to remove barriers for those in addiction recovery seeking to continue their education. Mariel has previously worked as an advocacy organizer with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence – New Jersey and as the National Chapter Manager for Young People in Recovery. Mariel is recognized nationally as a dynamic and passionate advocate, servant leader, trainer and motivational speaker who recently stated, "Patience, relentless advocacy, training, stigma reduction and working with community decision-makers is a process that can clearly lead to successful results."



Special Agent Timothy P. McMahon with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will provide a look at the public landscape in New Jersey regarding drugs in our communities. Prior to becoming a Special Agent with the DEA, Tim spent six years as a trooper with the New York State Police and was assigned to enforcement and task force groups, serving as the special agent recruiter for New Jersey. Tim is currently assigned as the Public Information Officer and Demand Reduction Coordinator of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Division, DEA, NJ.


Whether you are a physician, a parent, a community leader, a family member looking to understanding addiction, a person in recovery or anyone interested in knowing more about solutions to addiction, you are invited to join others on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Farmstead Golf and Country Club. The cost is $60 per person with breakfast & lunch included. Register online at this link:


Please note that there will be no refunds after November 24th.  Exhibits by treatment providers and 6 hours of Continuing Education and Professional Development credits will be provided for this conference. NOTE: There are no additional fees for Continuing Education credits (CADC, LCADC, LPC, MFT and Professional Development Hours) but, there are additional fees for both Social Work and Pharmacist credits. We are unable to provide nursing credits at this time. Registration begins at 8:00 am at Farmstead Golf and Country Club, Lafayette, NJ. For more information, please contact Jenn at or 973-383-4787, Ext. 256.

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