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Wednesday September 6, 2017

(Mount Airy, NC) Drug overdose deaths are on the rise throughout North Carolina, and while local governments are working to reduce these tragic fatalities, the Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care bereavement staff is teaming with ARCA (Addiction Recovery Care Association) to offer grief counseling for families who have lost a loved one due to drug overdose.

Group counseling sessions will help participants learn to cope with their grief in a confidential, nonjudgmental environment and with support from others who have experienced similar loss.

"It's always easier to share your feelings when you're with a group of your peers who have been through the same situation," said Selene Teague, Outreach Provider Representative with Mountain Valley Hospice.

Family members will also learn about resources that they can turn to for information and inspiration between sessions.

"Deaths due to drug overdose are reaching epidemic proportions, and that's why we're reaching out to those who have lost a friend or loved one," said Sheila Jones, Director of Marketing at Mountain Valley Hospice. "You shouldn't have to face any kind of loss by yourself, so we're here to help."

In addition to ARCA, the grief counseling program is also supported by the Mental Health Association of Forsyth County, and Cardinal Innovations Healthcare. Meetings will be available in Forsyth and Stokes Counties.

For more information on the date, time, and location of grief counseling sessions, contact Selene Teague toll-free at 1-888-789-2922.

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