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PLEASE NOTE:  For information on past meetings, please go to the Past Meetings page.

Current Meetings 2024

February 20th  7:00 - 8:30pm

West Long Branch Community Center

116 Locust Ave., W Long Branch, NJ

 

The Shame and Blame Game

Nikki Tierney, LPC, LCADC

Nikki Tierney has been a friend and supporter of Family Addiction Network since the very beginning and we are thrilled that she will be our presenter this month!  Her story is inspiring and uplifting, to say the least!  She has been in sustained remission from substance use disorder for over a decade and is a loving Mom to 4 children.  She credits her family as being a constant in her life and the most impactful reason she is on her path to wellness.  She recognizes the tremendous transformation and trauma her family and her children experienced as a result of her opioid use disorder.

Nikki will discuss the blame and stigma family members experience including self-stigma, public stigma, and structural stigma. In addition she will share about the ways family dynamic is affected by one members substance use and finally how the family unit can begin to heal once a family member enters recovery. This discussion will be from the perspective of her family’s lived experience as well as from a clinical perspective.

Nikki  excelled in sports and academics through high school and college and in 1997 received her Juris Doctor with Honors from Rutgers University School of Law. She practiced law for nearly 10 years until her Opioid Use Disorder became so severe that she surrendered her license to practice. In 2007, after trying for years to remain abstinent from opioid and other drugs, Nikki felt helpless and hopeless and attempted to end her life.  Unknowingly, that began the start of her journey to health and wellness. Since that dark day in 2007, Nikki has finally received evidence-based treatment for her previously undiagnosed mental health disorders (major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder) and has focused on living her best life and moving forward from her past negative experiences.  Towards that end, she returned to Monmouth University graduate school where she obtained her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Addiction Studies.  She graduated w a 4.0 GPA and received the 2021 Advocacy Award from the Department of Professional Counseling.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor.   Nikki and her children founded a small nonprofit charity in honor of her parents, Hope is NEVER Lost and has a private practice Hope-Fullness Counseling, Prevention, and Education.  She is also a policy analyst for the National Center for Advocacy and Recovery.  Nikki has made it her mission to decrease stigma and barriers to treatment for mental health and substance use disorders.

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