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Center for Family Life and Recovery to take part in local giving campaign

Center for Family Life and Recovery to take part in local giving campaign

Utica, NY – Center for Family Life and Recovery (CFLR) will participate in the first ever Mohawk Valley Gives 24-hour day of giving on September 20th, 2022. CFLR will help commemorate The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties for their 70th anniversary supporting our local community. Local businesses can participate by donations or committing to matching funds and challenge incentives, see https://foundationhoc.org/impact/mvgives/ Individuals can support our campaign by visiting https://givemv.org/organizations/center-for-family-life-and-recovery-inc

“We are grateful for The Community Foundation to have organized this first-time community fundraiser. It will not only help all the local agencies, like CFLR, raise much needed funds for important programming, but it will also bring awareness to CFLR and our services. And if we help one person get on their journey to recovery, that is what it is all about” says Cassandra Sheets, CEO of Center for Family Life and Recovery.

Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. is proud to be the area’s leading expert in advocacy, prevention, counseling, and employee assistance programs. Along with supporting individuals and families struggling with addiction and recovery, mental health, and behavioral issues, CFLR’s goal is to inspire hope, provide help, promote wellness, and transform lives. To learn more, visit www.whenthereshelpthereshope.com

Posted by Mackenzi in CFLR In Action, News

Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. Golf Tournament to take place on Friday, September 16, 2022

Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. Golf Tournament to take place on Friday, September 16, 2022

Utica, New York – Join Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. at its Annual Tim Foley Recovery Classic Golf Tournament held this year at Rome Country Club in Rome, New York on September 16, 2022. This event was named after Tim in recognition of his 25 years as a Board Member with Center for Family Life and Recovery and one of its predecessors, Mohawk Valley Council on Alcoholism/Addictions.

Tim Foley, who is a practicing attorney, grew up in Utica and Old Forge. He has been in recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction for more than 30 years. Tim considers it a responsibility to share his story with others whenever given the opportunity as he truly believes that when there is help there is hope.

This year’s golf tournament will begin at 8:30AM with registration and refreshments as a light breakfast. At 9:30 AM a shotgun start will signal the beginning of the tournament. The tournament is packed with fun and will be a tournament like no other: lots of prizes, food trucks, side games to win, DJs and bands.  Postgame prizes and steak dinner will be offered once all golfers have turned in their scorecards.

Sign-up as a team for $500/team or purchase an individual golf spot for $125/person. There are wonderful sponsorship opportunities as well. Please visit our website:

https://centerforfamilylifeandrecoverycflr-bloom.kindful.com/e/tim-foley-annual-recovery-classic

To become a sponsor of the event, for more information, or for any questions, contact Kerr Flanders at 315.737.2080.

Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. is proud to be the area’s leading expert in advocacy, prevention, counseling, and employee assistance programs. Along with supporting individuals and families struggling with addiction and recovery, mental health, and behavioral issues, CFLR’s goal is to inspire hope, provide help, promote wellness and transform lives. To learn more, visit www.whenthereshelpthereshope.com

Posted by Cassandra Sheets in News

In Response to Increase in Opioid Overdoses in CNY, Center for Family Life and Recovery Offers Services and Help

Utica, New York – In response to the State Department of Health recent warning to the public in Central New York about an alarming increase in opioid overdoses and the spike alert for Oneida County, Center for Family Life and Recovery wants to remind the public of services they have available.

According to the State Department of Health, these overdoses are likely linked to fentanyl, which is a powerful opioid that is often added to other drugs like heroin, as well as, cocaine, crystal methamphetamine and illicitly manufactured pills, including benzodiazepines and other psychostimulants like Molly and MDMA. Nearly half of all overdose deaths in New York State now involve fentanyl.

The State Department of Health is encouraging providers and the public to take advantage of new standing order, allowing New Yorkers to get naloxone without a prescription. Individuals interested can also be trained by CFLR in a brief training session on how looks for the signs of an overdose, how to administer Narcan and get a kit once trained.  The following training sessions are free and open to the public and CFLR’s EAP companies:

In-person:                           Sept. 15th 11:00am at CFLR Utica office, 502 Court St., Utica

Sept. 21st 1:30-2:30 walk-in or 3:00pm sit down class at the CLFR Rome office, 201 W. Dominick St, Rome

Virtual Drop in:                 Sept. 21st at 11:00am (find the zoom link here: https://www.whenthereshelpthereshope.com/calendar/ or call 315.733.1709 for the link)

Additionally, CLFR has several other services to help prevent overdose, to help families affected by addiction, and assist those in active addiction to seek help and recovery services. Center for Family Life and Recovery’s vision is to be a leader in creating a world where people have the power to achieve and celebrate recovery. To learn more about our services, visit www.whenthereshelpthereshope.com or call 315.733.1709.

Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. is proud to be the area’s leading expert in advocacy, prevention, counseling, and employee assistance programs. Along with supporting individuals and families struggling with addiction and recovery, mental health, and behavioral issues, CFLR’s goal is to inspire hope, provide help, promote wellness and transform lives. To learn more, visit www.whenthereshelpthereshope.com

 

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Posted by Jenn Beach Brillante in CFLR In Action, News

Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. Light of Hope event to take place on Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. Light of Hope event to take place on Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Utica, New York – Join Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. (CFLR) at its Annual Light of Hope Event on Wednesday, August 31st at Franklin Field in Rome, NY from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Light of Hope event brings together the community in an awareness event and a beautiful ceremony held to remember the loved ones lost to suicide, and overdose and recognizes International Overdose Awareness Day. The Oneida County Opioid Task Force is collaborating with CFLR on this event and other events in Oneida County.

International Overdose Awareness Day is the world’s largest annual campaign to end overdose and remember those who have died without stigma and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind. The Mohawk Valley in Central New York is not immune. So far in Oneida County, we have had 40 fatal overdoses this year. International Overdose Awareness Day provides an opportunity for us to talk about and prevent overdose in our community.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States for all ages. And the second leading cause of death for 15 to 24-year-olds. In 2020, 54% of Americans had been affected by suicide in some way. CFLR works to prevent suicide through education, advocacy, and support for those impacted by suicide.

The Light of Hope event acknowledges the profound grief felt by families and friends whose loved ones have died from a drug overdose or suicide. CFLR wants to spread the message that the tragedy of drug overdose death, drug overdose and suicide is preventable. This event is an opportunity for love, compassion, outreach, and healing and creates educational opportunities to lessen the stigma.

CFLR invites the community to be a part of this event and remember a loved one lost to overdose or suicide by donating to support CFLR’s prevention and recovery programming, buying luminaries at the event, or becoming a sponsor.  For more information go to https://www.whenthereshelpthereshope.com/calendar/light-of-hope-2/. Proceeds from the Light of Hope event benefits the programs and services of the Center for Family Life and Recovery, with a focus on Recovery, Suicide, and Substance Use Prevention services.

Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. is proud to be the area’s leading expert in advocacy, prevention, counseling, and training. As a community partner, it is important to us that we continue spreading the message of help and hope to our area and with those whom we work.

Along with supporting individuals and families struggling with addiction, mental health and behavioral issues, CFLR’s goal is to inspire hope, provide help, promote wellness and transform lives. The vision of CFLR is to be a leader in creating a world where people have the power to achieve and celebrate recovery. To learn more, visit www.whenthereshelpthereshope.com

Posted by Cassandra Sheets in CFLR In Action, News

Center for Family Life and Recovery to offer 2 new classes: Anger management and Grief & Loss

Center for Family Life and Recovery to offer 2 new classes: Anger management and Grief & Loss

Utica, New York – Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. (CFLR) is offering two new classes that are open to the public. These programs provide emotional support, validation, and education. “We are seeing the significant emotional damage Covid has left our community with and the losses it has caused many people to endure.” Says Erica Baslow, Family Prevention Specialist at CFLR. “We want to be able to provide support and education for anyone within the community who may be struggling”

Anger Management

Description: By working through this anger management program, individuals will be able to identify, and problem-solve stressors that lead to anger. They will learn effective communication and listening skills while also increasing empathy and emotional intelligence. We are aiming to improve stress management skills, identify and set healthy boundaries and learn to challenge irrational thoughts and beliefs.

When: August 9 – September 6. It is a 5-week program from 5-7 PM on Tuesdays.

Why: A formal anger management program provides structure to guide the change process, helps motivate participants and helps them recognize and be proud of the progress they have made.

Grief & Loss

Description: The goal of these groups is to help you complete your relationship to the pain, isolation and loneliness caused by significant emotional loss. While death and divorce may seem to be the most obvious losses, our groups are not limited to those losses. There are more than 40 life events that can produce feelings of grief.

When: August 8 – September 26. It is an 8-week program from 4-5 pm on Mondays.

Why: This program will help people process emotions and understand how they’re feeling.

Call for more info:

Erica Baslow
Family Prevention Specialist
Office: 315.737-2082
Cell: 315.795-6001
502 Court Street, Suite 401
Utica NY 13502

Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. is proud to be a leader in creating a world where people have the power to achieve and celebrate recovery. CFLR supports individuals and families struggling with addiction, mental health, and behavioral issues by inspiring hope, providing help, promoting wellness, and transforming lives. To learn more, visit www.whenthereshelpthereshope.com or call (315) 733-1709.

Posted by Cassandra Sheets in CFLR In Action, News