• Rachel Lingenfelter

Rescued and Recovered: Substance Abuse Program Comes to Johnstown

There is an excellent opportunity coming to the Johnstown area in April of 2020. The ‘Be A Loving Mirror Family Recovery Program is having a seminar with a great message surrounding it. Many people may not realize the struggle some loved ones and others are going through. Substance abuse is an epidemic that exists quietly for those who don’t suffer from it and exists loudly for those who deal with it every day. Seminar leader and BALM program life coach, Stacey Karchner, had this to say about the program. “Our loved ones' brains get hijacked by a drug but the family members' brains get hijacked by trying to fix and trying to control, becoming obsessed with the outcome,” she says. “The family plays a crucial role, and can possibly turn the tide. We know that when we are only contributing to recovery, that allows us to become our loved one's best chance at recovery.”

A statistics used by Karchner, relating to this epidemic, states that between four and ten people within the family are affected by the substance abuse of another family member. If not all are put on the same page towards healing and recovery, the chances of the sufferer of substance abuse not fully recovering is greater.

Having a previous experience within her own family dynamic, Karchner has dedicated her time to the program and works hard to have these struggling families continue towards recovery and the sobriety of their loved one.

Karchner comments about the beginning stages of the program and the experience that some families have early on. “Many of them (the families) come in thinking that the loved one is a bad person or doing this stuff purposefully. When they take my course, they see that is not the case. They are a struggling human being." With the steps taken in the program, her final hope is that the families understand that acting as one strong and stable unit will give their loved one a better chance at succeeding later in life.

Behavioral Health of Cambria County will be the venue for this program, starting on April 7th at 5:30 pm and lasting until 8 pm. The courses will continue over several weeks and consist of multiple lessons. This is a free program and, if you or someone you know is interested, you can enroll now by emailing skarchner9@gmail.com or by calling the Behavioral Health of Cambria County at 814-534-4436.

(Source: https://wjactv.com/news/local/be-a-loving-mirror-family-recovery-program)

BALM Website: https://balmfamilyrecovery.com/

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