New Fall Programs

AHM Youth and Family Services announces new fall programs: an ADHD Support Group for parents and caregivers; SMART Recovery Support Groups for young adults, family members, and friends and teens.

ADHD Support Group

AHM is offering a support group for parents and caregivers of children with ADHD and similar conditions. This is a safe, non-judgmental space for sharing stories, strategies, challenges, joys, and resources. The main goal of the group is to support attendees in feeling more understood, less alone in their parenting struggles, and more informed and empowered in making a difference in their child’s future. Group attendees shared: “so relieved to find a group of parents that ‘get it’ ” and “the handouts and other resources are great, so helpful!”

The group meets from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at the AHM Community Center, 25 Pendleton Drive, in Hebron. There is no cost to participate. If you are unable to get to the meeting you can also attend by calling in. Simply dial 712-770-8061 and enter the access code 773482. For more information please email: supportgroup@crpmail.com, or Megan Aldridge: megana@ahmyouth.org or call 860-228-9488.”

Young Adults SMART Recovery Program:

The AHM Board of Directors is very proud to announce the start of a SMART Recovery program for young adults. AHM was one of only a handful of organizations in the State of Connecticut to be awarded a grant for this program, thanks in large part to the support of DHMAS, DCF and Wheeler Clinic. According to AHM’s Clinical Director Megan Aldridge: “We have started a first-ever SMART Recovery Young Adult Group locally, which meets every Monday at AHM from 5:30-7 pm.” The new program is for young adults ages 18-24. AHM also offers a similar SMART Recovery program for high school students at RHAM. Those meetings are held every Thursday during lunch periods.

AHM will also be continuing to offer a SMART Recovery Friends & Family group as well. This group meets every Thursday at AHM from 5:30-7 pm. AHM has 4 certified SMART Recover group facilitators! (Megan Aldridge, Didi Crowley, Dan Mixter, and Lauren Scharn)

 

Goals of the SMART Recovery Young Adults Group helps:

  • To teach group participants self-empowerment and self-reliance.
  • To encourage group participants to recover and live satisfying lives.
  • To teach group participants tools and techniques for self-directed change.
  • To offer group members meetings that are educational and include open discussions.
  • To advocate group participants, the appropriate use of prescribed medications and mental health treatment options.
  • To help inform group participants scientific knowledge as addiction recovery evolves.
  • To empower group participants to fully access community resources that may help them in their recovery journey.
  • To help group participants feel that they are not alone in their recovery journey by setting up networks of other caring community members.
  • To empower group participants to fully realize their potential, whether through family life, personal dreams, education, or employment.

 

The SMART Recovery Friends & Family group helps:

  • To encourage group participants to form networks with other families going through the recovery process.
  • To teach techniques on how to communicate with loved ones about addiction.
  • To provide parents/friends with QPR – (question, persuade, refer) gatekeeper training.
  • To offer group members meetings that are educational and include open discussions.
  • To share physical and mental health resources that can help their loved ones through the recovery journey.
  • To serve as a bridge to help families access other mental health professional services.

 

For more information, call the AHM offices at 860-228-9488 or visit www.ahmyouth.org

 

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