13-Week Class Starts Soon for Families Fighting Substance Abuse

Human Services Launches Next Cycle of “Celebrating Families!”

Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Virginia Beach Human Services Department's Behavioral Health and Wellness Prevention Services Unit is launching the third cycle of "Celebrating Families! " The education group provides instruction that focuses on a healthy lifestyle free from drugs and alcohol. This strength-based, skill-building program supports the entire family with the recovery process to move towards a healthy lifestyle.

The class is free and includes dinner and activities to promote healthy family relationships. The class series will start Tuesday, Feb. 7 and meet every Tuesday evening for 13 weeks at the Renaissance Academy, 5100 Cleveland Road, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Following the family meal, children and parents will participate in an age-appropriate, 90-minute instructional session devoted to a particular theme. Afterwards, family members will be reunited for a 30-minute activity to process what they learned. Topics will include healthy eating, communications, anger management, problem solving skills, facts about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, the effects of chemical dependency on the family, healthy relationships and goal setting.

To register for "Celebrating Families!" contact Sabrina Pugh at (757) 385-0827 or spugh@vbgov.com.

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!" supports the department's mission to strengthen the family with recovery from substance use and increase successful family reunification. Learn more about mental health substance abuse services available through Human Services at www.vbgov.com/hs.

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