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Seniors Sought To Help Prevent Substance Abuse

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) of Union County is seeking active senior citizens, age 50 and over, who are interested in helping to prevent substance misuse and abuse to become Wellness Initiative with Senior Educators (W.I.S.E.) volunteers.

This new program offers an intensive, eight-week training program to participants free of charge where they will develop their own alcohol, tobacco, gambling and other related drug and addiction programs and present them to the Union County communities.

The training is held at the council’s offices, 300 North Avenue, East, in Westfield. The training is expected to run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays for eight weeks beginning on October 1.

The training will cover a variety of topics including generational diversity, signs of substance abuse and misuse and at-risk behaviors.

The W.I.S.E. volunteers will be trained as facilitators for the W.I.S.E. Lifestyle Workshops. The workshops will educate seniors on various topics that will affect their lives. Topics will include Medication Management, Grandparenting in the ’90s, Lifestyle Changes, Time Management, Gambling and other current issues.

For more information on becoming a W.I.S.E. volunteer, please call the NCADD of Union County at (908) 233-8810.

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