"Part of the healing process is sharing with other people who care."

Jerry Cantrell

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Healing tree family support groups 

FREEHOLD  | Tuesdays at 7pm | CentraState Hospital - Star & Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus - Room C - 901 W. Main Street Freehold, NJ 07728

HOWELL  | Wednesdays at 7pm | CFC HQ's - 260 Casino Dr. Farmingdale, NJ 07727

JACKSON | Thursdays at 7pm | Jackson United Methodist Church - 68 Bennetts Mills Rd, Jackson, NJ 08527

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A letter from lynn regan 

I founded The CFC Loud N Clear Foundation along with my son in 2012 as our own family was healing from the corrosive effects of addiction.  I was determined to help ease the struggle of any family that would follow. I was determined to educate parents to not fall into the same pitfalls that could have been avoided.  I was determined to help others in this battle.  CFC Loud N Clear has become a valuable asset to both families and those in recovery within our community.  The CFC Loud N Clear Foundation created our Family Group called “The Healing Tree” it is a support group that offers education, resources, peer support and hope for parents and family members coping with a loved one addicted to opioids or other drugs. I designed The HEALING TREE SUPPORT GROUP TO OFFER OTHERS THE SUPPORT AND RESOURCES THAT I WOULD HAVE BENEFITED FROM WHEN MY FAMILY WAS IN CRISIS. Today my son is in long-term recovery so there is hope, and I want families to have the support I struggled to find in the beginning of my family’s journey.

 

The Healing Tree is comprised of people who loved their children/spouses deeply, yet still found their families damaged by addiction. The Healing Tree meets weekly and are constantly working on prevention and awareness efforts throughout our communities. Meetings feature guest speakers including professionals in the field of addiction who educate us as well as people who have been successful in long-term recovery who offer us hope. WE FOCUS ON YOU, THE PARENT. We offer meditation, yoga, healing circles, self-reliance techniques, life skills, spiritual workshops & so much more. This group is peer-driven & facilitated by experienced parents, and counselors.

Our mission is to support with kindness, care, compassion and empathy. You are not alone in this and where there is life, there is hope...

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

It is important to keep in mind that if a person shows any of the following symptoms, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is using drugs. The presence of some of these behaviors could be the product of adolescent stress. Others may be symptoms of depression or a host of other problems. Whatever the cause, they may warrant attention, especially if they persist or if they occur in a cluster. A mental health professional or a caring and concerned adult may help a youngster successfully overcome a crisis and develop more effective coping skills, often preventing further problems. The key is change; it is important to watch for any significant changes in a persons  physical appearance, personality, attitude or behavior.

 

Physical Signs

  • Loss of appetite, increase in appetite, any changes in eating habits, unexplained weight loss or gain.

  • Slowed or staggering walk; poor physical coordination.

  • Inability to sleep, awake at unusual times, unusual laziness.

  • Red, watery eyes; pupils larger or smaller than usual; blank stare.Cold, sweaty palms; shaking hands.

  • Puffy face, blushing or paleness.

  • Smell of substance on breath, body or clothes.

  • Extreme hyperactivity; excessive talkativeness.

  • Runny nose; hacking cough.

  • Needle marks on lower arm, leg or bottom of feet.

  • Nausea, vomiting or excessive sweating.

  • Tremors or shakes of hands, feet or head.

 

Behavioral Signs

  • Irregular heartbeat. Change in overall attitude/personality with no other identifiable cause.

  • Changes in friends; new hang-outs; sudden avoidance of old crowd; doesn’t want to talk about new friends; friends are known drug users.

  • Change in activities or hobbies.

  • Drop in grades at school or performance at work; skips school or is late for school.

  • Change in habits at home; loss of interest in family and family activities.

  • Difficulty in paying attention; forgetfulness.

  • General lack of motivation, energy, self-esteem, “I don’t care” attitude.

  • Sudden oversensitivity, temper tantrums, or resentful behavior. Moodiness, irritability, or nervousness.

  • Silliness or giddiness.

  • Paranoia

  • Excessive need for privacy; unreachable.

  • Secretive or suspicious behavior.

  • Car accidents.

  • Chronic dishonesty.

  • Unexplained need for money, stealing money or items.

  • Change in personal grooming habits.

  • Possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

Drug Specific Symptoms

  • Marijuana: Glassy, red eyes; loud talking and inappropriate laughter followed by sleepiness; a sweet burnt scent; loss of interest, motivation; weight gain or loss.

  • Alcohol: Clumsiness; difficulty walking; slurred speech; sleepiness; poor judgment; dilated pupils; possession of a false ID card.

  •  Depressants: (including barbiturates and tranquilizers) Seems drunk as if from alcohol but without the associated odor of alcohol; difficulty concentrating; clumsiness; poor judgment; slurred speech; sleepiness; and contracted pupils.

  • Stimulants: Hyperactivity; euphoria; irritability; anxiety; excessive talking followed by depression or excessive sleeping at odd times; may go long periods of time without eating or sleeping; dilated pupils; weight loss; dry mouth and nose.

  • Inhalants: (Glues, aerosols, and vapors ) Watery eyes; impaired vision, memory and thought; secretions from the nose or rashes around the nose and mouth; headaches and nausea; appearance of intoxication; drowsiness; poor muscle control; changes in appetite; anxiety; irritability; an unusual number of spray cans in the trash.

  • Tobacco/Nicotine: Smell of tobacco; stained fingers or teeth.

 

 

Source courtesy of: American Council for Drug Education