Stand Up Against Addiction

October 12, 2020

JFS Delaware offers Support for Family & Friends Impacted by Addiction

Every 22 hours, on average, someone in Delaware dies of an overdose.
Saving lives, getting people into housing, changing perceptions, and providing critical secondary supports are still challenges, years into the opioid crisis.

At the beginning of 2020, JFS Delaware was among eight organizations to receive a share of more than $1 million from Highmark Delaware Blue Cross Blue Shield’s donor-advised fund, BluePrints for the Community. Specifically, JFS was funded to provide therapeutic and supportive interventions to address the needs of family members and loved ones affected by the various emotions, stigma, and hardships of loving an addict. 

JFS’ clinical team, dedicated to meeting the evolving needs of our community, worked tirelessly to create a unique opportunity for peer support for those supporting a loved one through addiction. Adapting the program to become virtual when the COVID-19 pandemic began, JFS’ Workshop & Support Community for Family & Friends Impacted by Addiction (originally SMART Recovery for Family & Friends) launched as an online program in May of 2020.

This half-day workshop & peer support community creates a space to learn from and lean on others who are experiencing similar challenges of supporting a loved one through addiction and recovery. JFS’ licensed professionals are available during and after participation in the program to address urgent concerns & questions. Topics of discussion among the group members may include setting healthy boundaries, engaging in self-care, accessing support and resources, recognizing relapse, trust & forgiveness, and more. In addition to the workshop, JFS maintains a private online portal for participants to connect with others, engage in discussion boards, access chat capabilities, and find links to local and national resources. Best of all, this confidential, online webinar is FREE to attend!

Highmark Delaware is enthusiastic about Jewish Family Services’ focus on family,” said Nick Moriello, president, Highmark Delaware. “Meeting the needs of those struggling with a substance disorder are critical, and addressing the hardships experienced by the family and loved ones who are supporting those individuals is also key to combating this issue.”


Sign up to join this peer support community! Sessions are available one Saturday each month from 9am to 1pm.
Upcoming workshop dates: October 17th, November 21, and December 12
(Interested but unable to attend any of these dates? Let us know!)

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Brittany Wilson

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