Members of the community joined East Meadow School District staff and administrators at the Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center on March 21 for the final ACCESS workshop held this year. Project ACCESS (A Community Committed to Educating Students for Success) is a subcommittee of the district’s PTA Curriculum Council that sponsors educational workshops for parents throughout the school year. The most recent workshop, titled “Never Alone,” examined the effects of addiction and the treatment and self-help programs available within the community. 

Sponsored by the East Meadow PTA Council in conjunction with the East Meadow Kiwanis, attendees experienced an evening of knowledge, empowerment and hope as guest speakers from Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous shared their testimonies about addiction and how it affected their relationships and lives. Members of Al-Anon and Nar-Anon spoke about coping with a friend’s or family member’s addiction. In addition, a representative from the YES Community Counseling Center provided a wealth of information about programs to prevent and treat addiction.

The audience was enlightened by these personal stories and appreciative of the amount of support the East Meadow community provides to help individuals and families in the fight against addiction.