A mother’s story of losing her son and a father-and-son pair sharing the lessons they learned in getting treatment will be on tap Sept. 6 for the Partnership for Drug Free Hall’s third forum.
The forum will focus on helping parents to recognize early signs of dangerous behavior and how to intervene, according to the partnership’s organizer Dallas Gay.
Reese Daniel, the business development representative from Twin Lakes Recovery Center, is the chairman of the forum.
“The biggest thing I hope they take away is they learn a lot about the resources that are available in our community, so they do know where to go … if they ever do need some assistance with somebody with a drug or alcohol problem,” Daniel said.
The partnership is a group of concerned citizens and community members that want to see change regarding opioid and alcohol abuse, Daniel said.
“Some of us have been affected by drugs, some both personally and some people have lost loved ones,” he said.
Heather Hayes, the host of A&E’s “Intervention”, will be the featured speaker, who will discuss the “signs and symptoms of abuse, early intervention, ways to access care and support a person in recovery,” according to the partnership.
“Intervention works in many different ways, and we just want to show people what to do if they have, hopefully not, issues with their family,” Daniel said.
The first two forums were held at the Brenau Downtown Center, but this forum will move to First Baptist Church’s banquet hall. Daniel said the church would set up 500 chairs, but there is space for more people if they attend.
Partnership for Drug Free Hall forum
What: Third forum in series highlighting drug abuse and intervention
When: 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 6
Where: First Baptist Church’s banquet hall, 751 Green St., Gainesville