SOMA Talks

SOMA Talks


The current opioid epidemic is widely publicized in the news which has raised public awareness about this public health crisis. While these stories accurately report statistics, what is usually absent from these articles is information about how to spot abuse by members of your family, what to do if abuse is discovered, and how to navigate and effectively cope with a recovering addict in your family. Addiction does not discriminate and is a major public health issue. 

The Maplewood and South Orange Alliances, which are volunteer organizations that are funded by grants from the Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, have partnered with ADAPT (The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team of Essex County) to create a three-part education forum that focuses on Teenage Alcohol and Drug Abuse. The three sessions include:

  • WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST: Education & Current Trends: This session will focus on educating parents on the current abuse trends and how to create a trusted environment to talk to your children and family members about substance abuse.
  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18TH: Signs of usage/Addiction: The session will focus on the warning signs of drug and alcohol use/abuse and what to do when evidence is discovered.
  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25TH: How to Keep them in Recovery: This session will include a discussion from professionals focusing on how to cope with this family disease, including erasing the stigma of addiction in the family.

The forums are FREE and open to the public. Location for all three forums will be at The Woodland, 60 Woodland Rd.

For more information, please contact the Maplewood Health Department, (973) 762-8120.