Program for low-income mothers begins Oct. 11

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BENNINGTON — The Rocking Horse Circle of Support program, an educational support group for low-income mothers living in Bennington County, will be starting a new session on Oct. 11 at United Counseling Service at 100 Ledge Hill Drive in Bennington.

Meeting from 9 to 11:30 a.m. every Friday from Oct. 11 through Dec. 20, the program offers assistance to pregnant and parenting women who are seeking to reduce the effects of substance abuse in their lives, acquire improved life skills, and learn more about safe, nurturing parenting. There is no charge for participants. The Rocking Horse Program is funded through a grant from the Vermont Department of Health, Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs.

Any pregnant and/or parenting woman of childbearing age who may be questioning their own drinking and/or drug use behaviors or experiencing the effect of someone else's substance use can benefit from the group. The program follows a dedicated ten-session curriculum that frames substance use in four major domains: substance use and women's health, substance use and relationships, the effects of substance use on the family, and substance use as it influences life management. A substance abuse counselor and mental health clinician facilitate sessions.

For information on the program, or to discuss a referral, call 802-442-5491 and speak with Maria DeLeon or Hilary Lesniak.

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