Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania and PRO-ACT
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Recovery in Our Communities
May 6, 2014
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To Start Your Day
You don't have to see the whole staircase, 
just take the first step. . .
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Welcome to the first edition of our weekly newsletter. "Recovery in Our Communities" is devoted to making it easier for you to contribute to your community. Each week, we will connect you to the people, resources and opportunities that bring help, hope and healing to southeast Pennsylvania. 

As volunteers, storytellers and advocates for health, wellness and recovery, you lead the way. Together, we will accomplish our task of helping more individuals and families achieve and sustain a happy and meaningful life. Together, we will recover our communities through prevention, education, advocacy, intervention and recovery support services. We will inspire real hope by working to establish the resources and opportunities needed to reduce the impact of addiction and trauma in our communities. 

Several times throughout the year, we will also be conducting surveys to seek your opinions and suggestions on what's important to you. "The smallest act is greater than the best of intentions." Please join us in working to make our families, neighborhoods and region healthier, happier and safer.           
Bev Haberle, MHS, LPC, CAADC
Executive Director

Personal Profile: Jan L's Pathway to Hope

"The word 'hopeless' has always stirred up sadness in me.  It seems so final, lacking any room for progress.  I've been hopeless. I've been called hopeless. I've heard friends whisper behind my back that I lost the willingness to live. They were right....

Then life as I knew it changed. . . . "  Read Jan's Story on our blog by clicking here.
Promote constructive lifestyles and norms that discourage drug use

Dad and KidsPrevention and early intervention programs work, so what is your community doing?  Get educated and get involved to make sure that your community is doing all it should to increase awareness; strengthen families; empower youth; establish pro-social activities; provide free drug and alcohol screenings; teach resilience and life skills for youth; etc.  

May 18 - 24 is National Prevention Week. For SAMHSA's prevention toolkit, please click here

FAMILIES ON THE LINEFamily Program logo

PRO-ACT's Family Education Program provides hope and guidance in how to stay strong and ready to support loved ones struggling with addiction. Some do not perceive themselves as having a problem, so they may need help to initiate the recovery process. This Program is facilitated by family members who have walked the walk and is available in all five counties. For more information click here.

Sean on microphoneListen to Clean & Sober, a weekly radio program devoted to paths to recovery, broadcast locally on WWDB - AM (Talk 860), Fridays10 - 11 am.  

PRO-ACT Philadelphia Coordinator Fred Martin and Sean Brinda, Senior Peer Services Coordinator at our Philadelphia Recovery Community Center, took part in a recent broadcast discussing the vital role of recovery supports in accessing and sustaining long-term recovery.  Listen Here. 

The Affordable Care Act has declared the treatment of substance use disorders and recovery support services an essential health benefit.  However, primary care and emergency room physicians are not prepared for the front lines of addiction prevention and early intervention. Treatment Research Institute (Tom McLellan) is engaged in an initiative to educate "the next generation of physicians on how to identify and treat emerging substance use disorders." For more information click here. 
May 6 through May 12, 2014

Nurses WeekOur communities' nurses deserve special recognition for all their efforts in leading the way in caring for their patients and improving our healthcare system. Thank you!  For more information, please click here.
Walk Bell
PRO-ACT Recovery Walks! 2014
There has never been a time in our history when the voice of the recovery community needs so badly to be heard. 
On September 20, 2014, please come to Penn's Landing on the Philadelphia waterfront where 20,000 voices will celebrate recovery. You will find all the information you need to register, form a team, make a donation, or sign up for the Honor Guard by clicking here. If you are interested in sponsorship, please contact Marita here. The deadline to have your logo on the I-95 billboard is July 7, and for other sponsors, August  1.
Some Upcoming Events
 EventsMay 19-June 23, 2014CRS Training, Southern Bucks Recovery Community Center, 1286 Veterans Highway, Suite D-4, Bristol, PA 19007. Click here for information.
May 21, 2014: Meet The Council, 8-9 am at 252 W. Swamp Rd., Bailiwick Office Campus, Unit 12, Doylestown, PA 18901
June 11, 2014Help, Hope & Healing Fundraising Breakfast, Spring Mill Manor, 171 Jacksonville Road, Ivyland, PA 18974. For more information, please contact Michael here.
September 12, 20147:05 pm. Recovery Night at the Baseball Game, Phillies vs. Marlins, Citizens Bank Park. Click here for tickets. 
September 20, 2014PRO-ACT Recovery Walks! 2014, Great Plaza, Penn's Landing, Philadelphia. Click here to register and get more information.
Employment OpportunitiesPlease click here
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