Due to concerns having arisen because of the COVID pandemic, if meetings are held
they will be done remotely, via ZOOM.
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2022 Meetings

February 15th
7:00 - 8:30pm
West Long Branch Community Center (in person)
In the Gene Van Brunt Room

This month we are pleased to introduce you to the Gasser twins, Dylan and Justin! 

We heard them speak at an event last year and we were very impressed with their story and with their personalities!  They are a perfect snapshot of what recovery can look like!  Here is a little about them:

They experienced a parallel journey through addiction.  Beginning in middle school selling tobacco products and moving on to selling drugs.  The adrenalin rush they got from this lifestyle surpassed anything else they had felt before.  At their 18th birthday party, they were offered heroin.  Dylan refused, Justin did not…he “fell in love” with it.  This turned into a downward spiral of house raids, arrests and inpatient treatment episodes.  Dylan tried everything in his power to help Justin to no avail.  Eventually, while in college, Dylan decided to see what was so good about heroin and fell in love with the lifestyle as well.  Again, there were several arrests and a raid of his dorm room after which Justin was kicked out of school just 3 weeks prior to graduation.  Their parents separated them, sending Justin to California to live with family while Dylan stayed in NJ, thinking this might help them find sobriety.  10 months later, when Justin returned, they picked up right where they left off leading to even more arrests and drug charges.

Right after their birthday in 2017, they decided that they had had enough.  A local treatment center, Recovery Centers of America (RCA), agreed to take them both in together.  This was previously unheard of, not only are they siblings, but twins.  They credit their parents and RCA (where they currently both work) with their success.  Justin serves as a case manager at RCA while continuing his education, he is soon to graduate and become a therapist. Dylan is currently in a masters program while serving as the director of admissions at RCA.  They hope to one day open their own treatment center.

 

We hope to see you on the 15th!!!

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March 15th
7:00 - 8:30pm
West Long Branch Community Center (in person)
In the Gene Van Brunt Room

For our March 15th meeting we are so happy to welcome back Dory Rachel!

Dory has been a wonderful friend to Family Addiction Network, always there to support us with her wisdom and knowledge of the treatment and recovery industry. She is also a seasoned healer, helping people live better lives!

In this presentation, Dory will show us various protocols to center and effectively remove stress in these crazy times. Easy to do and easy to show others. As we all know, the stress we live under everyday can deplete us and can cause a lot of tension in our bodies. This meeting is an opportunity to relax and replenish ourselves!

Dory is an Artist Way Facilitator, Reiki Master Teacher, Healing Touch Practitioner, Spiritual Life Coach and is 36 years in Recovery. She is a grandmother, artist and vocalist!


Her business, Dragonfly impressions consists of a series of sessions involving the arts, music, writings and guided meditations created to support one’s path moving forward. Based on the premise that a dragonfly lives most of its life as a nymph, it is a symbol of maturity and “seeing beyond” providing the example of wonder for us all!

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