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Banyan Treatment Center, in collaboration with the Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc. has worked closely with Barnes & Noble over the past few months to launch a series of speaking events titled One Community, One Concern. The first event took place on September 10th 2017 at the Fairless Hills, PA store with 150 attendees, and the second followed in Holmdel, NJ. A third event was hosted December 4th in Willow Grove, PA.
At the events, which are free to the public, hundreds of people gather to hear local county officials and Banyan Treatment Center’s spokesperson, Brandon Novak, who is a former-pro skater and television celebrity, speak about addiction and recovery efforts. Brandon is in recovery himself, after a long battle with heroin addiction. His book, Dreamseller, is a New York Times Best Seller.
One Community, One Concern aims to inform the community about drug and alcohol addiction. The events feature a Q&A session. Brandon shares his wisdom and experience with attendees, as well as with his social media fan base of 150,000+ followers.
The nationwide partnership increases awareness and hopes to reduce the stigma of addiction. The events draw local families who have questions about addiction, recovery and treatment options. School officials, non-profit organizations, District Attorneys, local hospitals, crisis centers and law enforcement officials also attend the events.