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WLB Family Addiction Network to Hear Bereaved Mother's Perspective

WEST LONG BRANCH: The Family Addiction Network has announced it will be hosting their monthly meeting at the West Long Branch Community Center on Feb. 20 beginning at 7 p.m.

At the monthly meetings, families and friends can seek and find support in dealing with addiction in a non-judgmental, compassionate and receptive environment. Attendance is free of charge.

Network attendees will hear Abby Boxman share her passion and heartfelt wisdom. She holds an MSW from Rutgers University and is currently pursuing her licensure in the State of NJ.

For Abby a new life journey began on July 13, 2011 upon the sudden loss of her middle son Justin, 21, from an accidental drug overdose. Abby began sharing her story to create awareness and prevention while reducing the stigma associated with the devastating drug epidemic which has consumed our state and country.

She created an organization, JustintheBox.org which brings awareness to the dangers of prescription drugs and their abuse and misuse.

Abby founded and facilitates the Monmouth County chapter of GRASP, Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing, at Center State Medical Center. This is a nationwide support group for those who have lost a loved one to substance abuse, and who need a place to grieve without the stigma from disenfranchised grief.

Abby currently is a case manager at 180 Turning Lives Around, the Monmouth County safe house for victims of Domestic Violence.

She is a Member of NASW-NJ and the National Organization for Human Services NOHS; the Howell Municipal Alliance; the Prevention Coalition of Monmouth County; advocate for the NCADD-New Jersey; a Board Member for GIERS, Grief Information Education & Recovery Services.

Abby also testified on behalf of GCADA for the Task force report which helped the implementation of the 911 Overdose Prevention Act-Naloxone Bill.

She has presented for numerous media outlets and events bringing awareness to the drug epidemic that plagues our communities.

For more info go to www.familyaddictionnetwork.org .

The Facebook page Family Addiction Network. Google Voice is (862) 803-0288

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