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Beacon Center starts new program forfrontline workers experiencing substance use issues

(Amherst, NY 11/29/21) Beacon Center is pleased to announce it has started a program for healthcare and frontline workers experiencing substance use issues.  Beacon Center, located at 3354 Sheridan Drive in Amherst, is certified by the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (NYS OASAS).

For many working in the helping professions, this past year and a half has been a time of fear and uncertainty due to the Covid 19 pandemic.  Stress levels have been high for many and risk of exposure, and death are everyday occurrences.  The additional fear and stress has caused an increase in substance use among many populations.

The Frontline Program is open to any worker in the helping professions affected by COVID-19. Everyone from physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, counselors, police, fire, and EMS workers would be eligible to participate in this program. Services may be delivered in person or through telehealth and include an evaluation followed by individual and group counseling. Mental health professionals are also available to evaluate any additional needs, including medication and treatment.

The goal of the program is to give those who have been immediately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and substance use a discrete, confidential environment to discuss and process through their emotions and their individual lived experiences of the past year.  The group setting allows for the opportunity of the group members to offer each other support through their experience.  Topics will vary weekly but will all involve relevant areas of concern surrounding substance use.

To schedule an appointment, or if you would like more information on this program, please contact Carolyn Grisko, Director of Clinical Services at 716-332-1029 or Jacqueline West, Chief Executive Officer at 716-602-9525.