West Long Branch:This monthly featured Family Addiction Network will meet at the West Long Branch
Community Center at 116 Locust Ave., on Tuesday, May 22 at 7:00 t0 8:30.
The goal is to bring understanding and information to help families gain insights about dealing with drug issues that progressively impact young adults caught up in the plague of addiction.
This month the Family Addiction Network ihosts Lori Todd, Student Assistance Coordinator for Red Bank Regional High School, to share with parents and family members information about current trends in substance use many find to be almost impossible to keep up with.
Vaping, binge drinking, social media and bullying are all issues facing our youth every day. Mental health disorders are on the rise as well. What can we do to support and prevent our young people from making dangerous decisions that can change the course of their lives?
Student Assistance Coordinators in the schools are here to help with, support and educate students about mental health and substance use in their own lives or in the life of someone they care about.
The subject is "Let's talk about what's going on with Kids These Days!"
Lori Todd has experience in the substance abuse counseling and prevention, in treatment and in the school setting. She began her career at Chelsea House (Monmouth Chemical Dependency Treatment Center) and in the Long Branch and Red Bank Regional School districts.
In addition to serving as Student Assistance Coordinator at Red Bank Regional, she is president of the Association of Student Assistance Professionals of NJ, overseeing that organization.
Lori has been an adjunct professor at Monmouth University in Educational Counseling, and has earned an M.A, Psychological Counseling, and Post-masters certificate in psychological counseling at Monmouth U., and a B.A., Criminal Justice, from St. Anselm College.
She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and an Approved Clinical Supervisor, among other certifications. Additionally, she is a proud mother of her children, 10 and 15 years old.