[SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va.] New River Community and Technical is holding a series of classes, Addiction in Appalachia, at the Nicholas County Campus to offer hope and help for families affected by the crisis of addiction.

The first class, Addiction and the Brain, is scheduled for October 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. The series will be led by licensed psychologist Rebecca Stone and therapist Wanda Wyatt. Stone is the current treatment services director for Seneca Health Services and has worked with West Virginia families in a clinical setting since 2006. Wyatt has worked as a substance abuse therapist since 1997 and has served on the West Virginia Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors. She has worked with children, adolescents, adults and families assisting them in dealing with addiction.

“West Virginia families are being challenged like never before with the recent addiction epidemic,” Stone said. “Family members and friends struggle to know how to support their loved one going through addiction.”

Two of the classes in the series will focus solely on educating family and friends on a style of communication called “motivational interviewing”. Motivational interviewing combines behavioral strategies, positive reinforcement and kindness to help loved ones overcome addiction. The classes will also provide information on the services available in the area and practical information on navigating resources for addiction. 

The cost for the class is $25, and preregistration is required by October 17 for the class. 

For more information or to register visit www.newriver.edu/community or contact a Workforce Program Specialist: Gloria Kincaid (304-793-6101, gkincaid@newriver.edu),     
or Jeanne Stone (304-883-2469, vstone@newriver.edu).

New River CTC’s Workforce Education Division provides community education classes and employable educational opportunities including noncredit courses, workforce development programs and customized training.

New River Community and Technical College serves nine counties in southeastern West Virginia from the Greenbrier Valley Campus (Lewisburg), Mercer County Campus (Princeton), Nicholas County Campus (Summersville) and Raleigh County Campus (Beaver).

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