West Long Branch: The September meeting of the Family Addiction) Network will be the 4thTuesday (usually it is the 3rd Tuesday) in order to be open and available to help as many as possible.
The goal of the Network is to provide a safe meeting space, where family members and friends affected by addiction can come together and be met with compassion and understanding. The purpose is have a space each to share experiences and listen to experience of others in an effort to support one another in coping with addictions at the individual and family levels.
Tuesday's gathering will bring a personal life experience through a sharing discussion. The session runs from 7:00 - 8:30pm
On the 24th a speaker, Charles S. Radiola, LPC, LCADC, ACS will account for his life journey as he recalls this story:
"I want my old brother back." Those were the words Charles heard from his sister on February 13, 1987. That was it. That was all it took for him to start his road to his recovery as well as embarking on a new career.
Charles is now a clinician at CPC Behavioral HealthCare. He works with adults with Co-occurring disorders. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) as well as an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS).
Six years after hearing those words from his sister and wanting to help others, at age 40, he decided to go to college. He graduated Rutgers University with a BA in Psychology, then to Seton Hall University for his Master's Degree and licensing in Counseling Psychology.
He has worked in the field of addictions since 2001 in both clinical and administrative positions, but his heart is in the clinical practice. He understands what is in the addicted person's mind through his own personal experiences. He knows ways of reaching those minds, to battle the denial and to help pave a path for their recovery. He will share his story and help us understand how to cope with our adult family member.