FRIENDS OF ADCARE   Newsletter | December 2018



TIPS & EVENTS TO HELP YOU STAY HEALTHY & HAPPY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!

-- From Your Friends at AdCare
H oliday parties, dinners, and other social gatherings can all make maintaining sobriety more challenging during the weeks between Thanksgiving and the New Year. One recent study prepared by our parent company, American Addiction Centers (AAC) found that for those recovering from addiction, feelings of stress, anxiety and depression -- all potential triggers for relapse -- are more common during the holidays. That study also found that roughly 29 percent of Americans drink more during the holidays, and while that may be brought on by celebration, research has found that there is a strong link between the over-consumption of alcohol and depression.

With a little preparation, a happy, fulfilling and sober holiday season is much easier. Here are 10 tips from AAC to help you stay sober during the holiday season.
1 . Use the buddy system: Bringing a sober friend to holiday parties is a great way to support each other.

2 . BYO drinks: Packing seltzers or sodas will ensure you can have non-alcoholic options and also prevent others from offering you a drink.

3 . Have a getaway plan: Prepare ahead of time to be able to leave a party if you're feeling tempted. This often means driving yourself so you can leave as soon as you need to.

4 . Stay healthy and happy: Limiting the amount of unhealthy foods and treats you eat will keep your body healthier but also have a positive impact on your mental well-being. When you feel good about yourself, you're less likely to reach for a drink.

FRIENDS OF ADCARE HOLIDAY EVENTS!

Join us for Food & Fun!
Deck the Halls!
December 14, 5:00 PM
AdCare Outpatient Worcester
95 Lincoln Street

Make Ornaments & More!
December 18, 6:00 PM
AdCare Outpatient Quincy
1419 Hancock Street, Suite 300

RSVP: mpapcsy@adcare.com 508-799-9000, ext. 4058
MOAR'S HOLIDAY CELEBRATION!

Friends of AdCare showed their support for recovery at MOAR's Holiday Celebration December 4th at Mechanics Hall in Worcester! Learn more about the Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery (MOAR).

Community Services spread awareness of AdCare's programs!
Friends of AdCare enjoyed the evening!
KISS 108 JINGLE BELL BALL:
Community Services shared prevention and treatment information with families!
RECOVERY MONTH 2018:
Thank you to the many friends of AdCare who helped spread the message of recovery!
  1. BE SUPPORTIVE -- Recovery requires support.
  2. EDUCATE YOURSELF ABOUT ADDICTION-- Addiction is a chronic brain disease.
  3. GIVE THEM TIME TO REBUILD THEIR LIFE -- It can take years to recuperate from years of using.
  4. CARRY NARCAN -- The overdose-reversing drug can save a life.
  5. EXPLORE RECOVERY SUPPORT GROUPS WITH YOUR LOVED ONE --Support groups help reduce relapse rates.
  6. SET CLEAR & CONSISTENT BOUNDARIES -- Act from a place of love rather than a place of fear.
  7. ESTABLISH YOUR OWN SUPPORT SYSTEM -- You are not alone.
INFORMATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR FAMILIES!

AdCare's complimentary Family Programs are designed to educate loved ones about substance use.

PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION & TIME:

Boston Outpatient Family Program
50 Congress Street, Suite 430
Last Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM

For more information about Family Services,
visit our website.
SPOTLIGHT ON ADCARE OUTPATIENT SERVICES
Welcome Jackie Dias, MA, LMHC
Director of Boston Outpatient!
“We are delighted to have Jaqueline Dias leading the AdCare Boston Outpatient office, now located at 50 Congress Street, Suite 430," said David Hillis, Jr., vice president of outpatient services. “Jackie’s strong clinical and management experience encompasses the development of treatment programs, staff, and community partnerships."

Most recently, Ms. Dias was Director of Programs and Services at the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling. She has also served as Clinical Director at the Boston Public Health Commission, the Neighborhood Health Center in Brockton, and Victory Programs in Boston, as well as Program Manager and Supervisor at Boston Medical Center.
A Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Ms. Dias earned her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Mental Health Counseling from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts. “I look forward to expanding the treatment services delivered at AdCare Boston Outpatient to include more early, advanced, and specialty programing such as mindfulness, parenting, and women in recovery groups,” said Ms. Dias. 

AdCare Boston Outpatient is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 9:00 PM. For information or to schedule an assessment, please call 617-227-2622.
New Advanced Recovery Group at AdCare Quincy:
Thriving in Sobriety!

Managing a chronic condition such as a substance use disorder requires flexible care that meets your needs, which is why AdCare offers a wide range of outpatient services. In addition to Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP), AdCare provides early recovery groups such as Strengthening Recovery Skills, Parenting in Recovery, Mindfulness, and Groups for Men, Women, and Young Adults, as well as advanced recovery groups such as the new Thriving in Sobriety Group at AdCare Outpatient in Quincy. The group  focuses on helping clients with six months or more of sobriety progress in their lives while maintaining their recovery," said John Copeland, Director.

Thriving in Sobriety is held on Tuesdays from 6:00-7:00 PM. To enroll, please call 617-328-0639. 
AdCare Adds Three Outpatient Locations in Rhode Island!

AdCare's extensive network of Addiction Specialty Practices throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island now includes outpatient offices in Greenville, Portsmouth, and South Kingstown, Rhode Island!
From all of us at AdCare
Best Wishes for a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!