CASAC heroin addiction training in Fredonia Aug. 28

The heroin crisis is hitting Chautauqua County as it is other counties across the state and nation. County Executive Vince Horrigan began Chautauqua County’s response by calling together community members and service pro-viders to develop and implement actions to educate the public, help address prevention issues, look at treatment, insurance issues, law enforcement and the courts’ efforts in treatment.

CASAC, a member of the task force, has staff serving on the education and prevention committee. One of its first efforts was to offering the training “The Heroin Crisis: Dependency and Treatment.” This was helpful to acquaint community members, parents, and service providers about the issues.

CASAC is next offering “Heroin Addiction Has a Negative Effect on the Family” This training is presented by Davina A. Moss-King, Ph.D., who also presented the first one. It is scheduled for Aug. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon at the First Presbyterian Church, 219 Central Ave., Fredonia.

In addition to the negative effect on the user, heroin addiction also impacts close friends and family members. Addiction can pull at the heart strings of family members. They may feel emotions such as confusion, anger and despair. The family member may also wrestle with excluding the addicted person or loving them to the point of “co-dependency.” Family members need coping mechanisms to assist them while their loved one is in active addiction or begins treatment. The training will discuss the changes that a family experiences, the levels of detachment that will possibly occur and coping skills needed during this critical crisis.

Davina A. Moss-King, Ph.D., is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, a National Certified Counselor and a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor in New York State. Dr. Moss-King is an adjunct professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Services at Canisius College and the Psychology Depart-ment, SUNY at Buffalo.

CASAC trainings are suitable for community members wanting to learn more about addictions and other related topics to improve their lives and the lives of others.

This course is also for those seeking professional credentialing as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor, Creden-tialed Prevention Professional or Credentialed Prevention Specialist.

The fee is $45 and pre-registration is required. Council may have tuition scholarships available for this second of a 3-part series on heroin issues. To register or for information on possible scholarships for family members contact Kathleen Colby, Director of Training Services, 664-3608, kjcolby@casacweb.or visit the website: www.casacweb.org .