Morris Unit Event

Monday, 9 March 2020 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM EST

30 E Hanover Avenue, Whippany, NJ, 07981, United States

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Monday, 9 March 2020 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM EST

Morris County Library, 30 E Hanover Avenue, Whippany, NJ, 07981, United States.

Please Join the Morris Unit for their March Event & Presentation!


Presentation: 1 FREE Clinical CEU (Happy Social Work Month!) What is a High Functioning Alcoholic/Addict?

Speaker: Dr. Kieran Ayre, LCSW, LCADC of Ayre Counseling, LLC and Harry Cunnane or Caron Treatment Center will co-present on the High Functioning Alcoholic/Addict.

Event Description: Come join us and learn about "What is a High Functioning Alcoholic/Addict?"

Most people think of the ‘skid row’ bum when they think of someone who is “Alcoholic”.  In fact, most people who are Alcoholic or otherwise chemically dependent, are functional individuals. They are students,  businessmen/women, professionals, active community members, and so on. It is estimated that 75% of Alcoholics are actually high functioning.

High Functioning Alcoholics/Addicts are people who are, in fact, chemically dependent but who are able to maintain their external life and in some cases at a very high level. They go to work, maintain their obligations with school, community, family etc.

Many High Functioning Alcoholics/Addicts are often not viewed by themselves, healthcare professionals and loved ones are being chemically dependent because they are maintaining a (sometimes high) level of success and achievement in their life. They are often suffering silently with the thought in the back of their head that ‘something is wrong with the way I drink or use drugs’. The denial process of the High Functioning Alcoholic/Addict is often compounded by the ‘secondary denial’ of the loved ones and family who falsely confirm for the Addict/Alcoholic that “everything is OK”.


1). Understand the specific characters and phenomenology of High Functioning (HFA) SUD cases

2) Be able to recognize the corresponding stage of change for the presenting client

3) Identify approaches and resources for HFA


A light meal will be served 



Monday, March 9th, 2020

6:30 - 8:30pm

Morris County Library

30 E Hanover Ave

Whippany, NJ, 07981



Unit Chair - Cheryl Cohen ( or 973.580.6718)

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