Is Your Family Affected by Substance Use? Classes Offered to Strengthen Families

Monday, December 29, 2014

Are you or your family struggling with the effect of alcohol or substance use? Beginning in January, the Virginia Beach Human Services Department will offer two free classes to help family members learn more about how addiction affects them and how to strengthen family relationships. 

The first class, Friends and Family Education Class, is for adults only and offers education about substance use, addiction and how family members and relationships are affected. Tips, tools and community resource information will help family members learn how to stay out of the emotional chaos of addiction. The class will begin Jan. 13 and will meet in Pembroke 3, Suite 120, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday evening through Feb. 17. There is no residency requirement and no fee, but registration is required. To register contact LeAnn Brant at (757) 385-0800 or


The second class, Celebrating Families, is for families in which one or both parents have a serious problem with alcohol or other drugs. The evidence-based curriculum offers weekly instruction focused on developing healthy living skills. Celebrating Families!™ works with every member of the family, from ages 3 through adult, to strengthen recovery from alcohol or other drugs, break the cycle of addiction and increase successful family reunification.


The class will meet every Tuesday for 16 weeks beginning Jan. 13 at Newtown Elementary School, 5277 Learning Circle, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The class is free and includes dinner and activities to promote healthy family relationships. If interested, please contact Sabrina Pugh at (757) 385-0827 or . Open enrollment ends Jan. 27.


The mission of the Department of Human Services is to provide Virginia Beach citizens the opportunity to achieve the highest possible level of self-sufficiency, safety and quality of life, through an array of coordinated services delivered in a climate of dignity, respect and accountability. Learn more about mental health substance abuse services available through Human Services at


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