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Parents' Role in Addiction To Be Discussed July 18 in WLB

WEST LONG BRANCH: The Family Addiction Network will host their monthly meeting at the West Long Branch Community Center on July 18 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The meetings help families and friends to find support in dealing with addiction in a non-judgmental, compassionate receptive environment. It is free of charge.

This month the main subject will be "The Role of a Parents Love", with speaker Mariel Hufnagel as presenter. She will share her personal experience with the important role of a parents' love, while a child is suffering from addiction.

Mariel will share how her mother's unconditional love during the time of her active addiction saved her life. She will examine pros and cons of tough love, the idea of enabling, and will look at healthy boundaries and how/when to set them.

When a child is in the thralls of addiction - helping them to access care and then maintain/sustain long term recovery can be a challenge. To make the task seem less daunting for those suffering today, Mariel will help to review the process - defining different levels of care, explaining different pathways of recovery and touching on what recovery support services are and their importance. Her talk will be interactive, with dialogue and exercises to prompt self- discovery.

In her own life Mariel battled with alcohol and drug addiction, bipolar disorder and bulimia nervosa for most of her teenage years Her addictions left her bankrupt emotionally, financially, physically and spiritually. She was incarcerated, a convicted felon, a homeless and a sex trafficking survivor. She entered recovery in May of 2007 and has maintained abstinence-based-long term recovery since then.

Mariel has immersed herself wholeheartedly in mental health, addiction and criminal justice reform work since 2012. She is a student with a 3.91 GPA and full scholarship to Kean University seeking her Master's in Public Administration.

She attributes her personal and professional success and recovery to returning to school. Education is the great equalizer. A freelance consultant, she is driven by her desire for all people to be able to access and maintain recovery regardless of race, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexual orientation or criminal record.

For more information regarding The Family Addiction Network or future meetings, visit familyaddictionnetwork.org or visit the Facebook page Family Addiction Network. And Google Voice (862) 803-0288 "You are NOT alone..."

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