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Counseling center plans family conference on opioids

The Samaritan Counseling Center will conduct a conference Jan. 27 focused on helping families identify whether a loved one is addicted to opioids.

The conference from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Ebenezer United Church of Christ, 630 Main St., West Seneca, will focus on the questions to ask when a family member becomes addicted. It will include a continental breakfast and light lunch. Visit or call 743-9117 to register.

Dr. Paul Updike, a specialist in addiction medicine at Catholic Health, will speak, as well as counselors from the Samaritan Counseling Center of Western New York. The conference is aimed at helping attendees know what questions to ask, and recognize patterns of behavior in people struggling with addiction. A question-and-answer session will feature recovering addicts who will talk about their experience.

The Samaritan Center provides "faith-based Christian" counseling, although the organization says it does not focus on or endorse a specific religion in counseling individuals.

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