Following up after our June 12, 2017 program:
“Embracing the Consequences:
When unwanted outcomes become part of the solution.”
We gathered at the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit for a special presentation that addressed the very important “consequences” of having a substance use disorder, and how those consequences might be the much-needed intervention that leads to recovery.
Eric Tankel, M.S.ED, LPC, CAADC, a Chester County native has returned home to help those young adults and adolescents who struggle with addiction and mental health issues. Eric is currently a therapist in private practice at Therapeutic Alliance. He also brings therapeutic services into the Synergy House men’s recovery residences in West Chester and Pottstown, PA. Eric has spent the majority of his career as a primary therapist at Adolescent Advocates. Eric holds a Masters of Science in Education with an emphasis in school and mental health counseling from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a licensed professional counselor and a certified advanced alcohol and drug counselor.
Megan Thomas, Montgomery County Drug Treatment Court Coordinator. Megan shared her experience of witnessing transformations and real recovery while working in the judicial system, as well as her previous work as a probation officer in Chester County. She also helped the evening’s participants to learn about the process of qualifying for, applying for, and being accepted into the Drug Treatment Court program.
Diana, a person in long-term recovery. When Diana “no longer had a roof under which to drink” and feared losing the people she loved most, finally lead her to make recovery the most important goal in her life. Her family’s painful decision to separate from her gave Diana no alternative but to find and sustain sobriety, and today, those vital relationships are stronger than ever, and she has rebuilt her life.
Joe, a person in long-term recovery who is currently participating in the Montgomery County Drug Treatment Court Program. Joe found a system of support that has been essential to his sustained recovery.
Lori, a family member impacted by a loved one’s substance use disorder. Lori shared her story of personal growth and the benefits of learning about healthy boundaries, which has helped her in many aspects of her life. She also found that service has been a gift in her life that she could not have predicted.
After the panel spent about one hour sharing stories of heartache and hope, our audience had an opportunity to follow up with some very illuminating questions and feedback. Representatives from several treatment programs, agencies and organizations were on hand to share information about their services.
Below you will find resources relating to our topic of how the consequences of substance use can be the catalyst for positive change in all of our lives.
Kim's Certified Family Recovery Specialist (CFRS) credential was created for adults who have been directly impacted by another person's substance use disorder. The CFRS shares their lived experience with other families to provide recovery support services. A CFRS is trained to help families move into and through the recovery process.
With more than 25 years of experience in graphics and marketing, Kim had a freelance graphic design business and was the Marketing Coordinator of the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation after several years as a member of their Board of Directors. Today she is happy to put all that creative energy into spreading the word about Be a Part of the Conversation.
Kim earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism at West Virginia University, with a concentration in public relations. She was proud to serve as WVU's student body president. Kim started out as an advertising account executive at a newspaper, then learned the graphic design trade while working with her mentor and friend, Chuck Moran, at his design firm in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Kim currently lives in Newtown Square, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. She previously lived in Horsham Township for 22 years, where she and Michael raised two wonderful children who support this amazing journey she has embarked upon.
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