Human Services Launches Third Cycle of Celebrating Families!

13 Weeks of Free Education for Families Impacted by Substance Use

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Behavioral Health and Wellness Prevention Services program with the Virginia Beach Human Services Department will launch the third cycle of Celebrating Families! classes on Wednesday, March 24. The class will meet every Wednesday through June 24 at Pembroke Elementary School, 4622 Jericho Road, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.


Celebrating Families! is a multi-family, strength-based, skill-building program that helps the whole family recover from the disease of addiction and have an opportunity to live a safe, healthy and happy life. The class is free and includes dinner and activities to promote healthy family relationships. Following a healthy, nutritious family meal, parents and children participate in a 90-minute age-appropriate instructional group session devoted to a particular theme. Afterwards, families are reunited for a 30-minute activity to practice what they learned. Session topics include information on nutrition, communications, chemical dependency and brain chemistry, facts about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, effects of chemical dependency on families, healthy relationships and goal setting.


Open enrollment ends Wednesday April 22. If interested, please contact Sabrina Pugh at (757) 385-0827 or


The mission of the Human Services Department 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. Celebrating Families! is for families in which one or both parents have been affected by substance use or abuse. 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. Learn more about mental health substance abuse services available through Human Services at


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