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the West Long Branch Community Center (unless otherwise specified).
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January 21, 2020
IMPORTANT - VENUE LOCATION CHANGE - Old First United Methodist Church, 197 Locust Avenue, West Long Branch.
EXTENDED CARE AND ITS IMPACT
This month our presenter is Nick Geissler, MA. Stories like Nicks help us stay hopeful!
Growing up Nick was active in sports and went to Western New England University to study History and play baseball. His dream was to play professional baseball but after having 2 surgeries on his shoulder, Nick, like many others had his first introduction to opiates. With baseball out of the picture he started working towards helping shape the minds of youth.
While working on his Master’s in Education, he became interested in the mental health field and worked at Bonnie Brae, a residential facility for boys followed by a position with Trinitas Regional Medical Center working in the child/adolescent/MICA PHP and IOP. It was during this time that Nick’s addiction progressed from drinking to becoming heavily involved with prescription drugs. He tried many different avenues to “figure out what was wrong with him” and “how to fix his problem.”
After attending 2 rehabs, ER visits, psych wards and individual counseling, Nick thought he had the world figured out but quickly realized his score card read zero. He finally decided to try something different, did not return home and went instead to a Structured Sober Living in Southern New Jersey and stayed there for a significant amount of time. While there he got involved in the recovery community and with the guidance of staff started to rebuild his life.
Nick now works with Surfside Recovery Services Inc. as there Director of Community Outreach and Recovery Coaching. He now has a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is a Certified Family Interventionist. Surfside Structured Sober Living is a long term extended care program for young adult males 18-35. It is a comprehensive life development program, with 12 step immersion and action - adventure based activities. He is an instrumental member of the recovery community and can often be found helping the residents at Surfside. When he is not working you can find him relaxing on the beach, working out in the gym or spending time with his family and friends.