Hickory – On Monday, November 19, the VayaHealth Geriatric and Adult Mental Health Specialty Team is offering a free training session at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library from 10am to 12pm.

Adults of all ages can have problems with substances. This evidence informed class details common substance use issues and tips for caregivers. Across the nation, people struggle with pain, depression and other behaviors, and it is difficult to find relief. Many choose to self-medicate with substances such as opioids, alcohol and other drugs. Across the country, thousands of people overdose every day from drug use.

The VayaHealth team will help individuals and families cope with the problem of alcohol and drug addiction. Individuals are provided with customized treatment, and families need support and education to help their loved one receive treatment and recover.

This training is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required. You may register online at http://hickorync.gov/content/library, click on Library Events and choose the “Substance Use in Older Adults and the Opioid Crisis.” You may also call 828-304-0500 ext. 7235. Contact hours are available on the day of the program.

Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd St. NE on the SALT Block. Hours are 9am to 9pm, Monday through Thursday and 9am to 5pm on Friday and Saturday.