Save the Michaels commits itself to educating families about every aspect of addiction. Previous class topics have included: Understanding Medicated Assisted Treatment, Relapse Prevention, Maintaining Recovery, Family Communication Skills, Addiction is a Family Disease, and Families Recover Together. Each class stands independently. A $10 donation is requested, but no one will be turned away.
Karen Knab, LMFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in helping families with addiction begin and maintain their own recovery. She has worked with addicts and their families since 2005, starting her career at the Hazelden Foundation. She currently sees families, couples, and individuals in her private practice in Buffalo, NY. Karen is a graduate of the University of Rochester and holds a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN. She is collaborative and straightforward in her approach, working with families to help them navigate the challenges and experience the benefits of family recovery from addiction.
Dr. Blondell cares for patients admitted to Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) and the Terrace House residence at Horizon Health Services as they withdraw and stabilize from drug and/or alcohol addiction. He oversees patients at the UBMD addiction medicine ambulatory care office on Sweet Home Rd, caring for patients addicted to prescription opiate medications, alcohol or heroin and for patients with chronic pain syndromes who are addicted to prescription drugs. He is also a consultant at the student health center on the Buffalo State College campus, seeing patients who are referred for evaluation of a possible or previously diagnosed substance use disorder.
Lori Drescher is a Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC), Family Recovery Coach, Certified Recovery Coach Trainer, and a parent in long term recovery from the effects of loving and living with an adult child who suffers from chronic addiction illness (substance use disorder). Her son is currently in recovery in PA. Lori trains all the recovery coaches at Save the Michaels House of Hope. Lori has coached families since early 2014, speaks publicly regularly, and advocates across NYS and nationally for improved access to prevention, treatment, and community recovery supports. Her mission is to eradicate the stigma and shame of addiction in families, to empower families to achieve their own recovery, and to advocate for vitally needed community recovery supports. Her professional career includes 25 years of executive and management coaching, training, and experiential learning design.