Thursday, July 17, 2014

      The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc.PRO-ACT
          Pennsylvania Recovery Organization --
     Achieving Community Together (PRO-ACT) 
Recovery in Our Communities
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"Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all." Helen Keller
Heroin Overdose Policy in NJ and PA

New Jersey has embraced new laws that permit good Samaritans to call 911 without fear of arrest and allow first responders, friends and family to carry the overdose reversal medication Narcan. Pennsylvania has been slower to enact similar measures. In this hour interview on Radio Times, Noni West, The Council's liaison to PRO-ACT's Public Policy Committee and Family Education Programs, discusses heroin policy, usage in the region and potential solutions. Also featured is Roseanne Scotti, the Drug Policy Alliance's State Director in New Jersey.   

Listen to the full interview on WHYY's Radio Times.
A Growing Wing Of Treatment Rejects Strict Abstinence

Columnist Gabrielle Glaser of the NY Times explains different paths for some people with a substance use disorder, particularly the young. "When their son had to take a medical leave from college, Jack and Wendy knew they - and he - needed help with his binge drinking... He had a disease, and in order to stay alive, he'd have to attend A.A. meetings and abstain from alcohol the rest of his life, they said.  But the couple... resisted that approach. Instead, they turned to... a growing wing of addiction treatment that rejects the A.A model as the sole form of recovery... Instead, it uses a suite of techniques that provide a hands-on, practical approach to solving emotional and behavioral problems, rather than having abusers forever swear off the substance - a particularly difficult step for young people to take." Read the full article on "A Different Path To Fighting Addiction."

This thought-provoking article raises important questions on the meaning of "substance use disorder" and the role of "harm reduction." The chronic disease of addiction is complicated on several levels, including its self-management component. The Council therefore strongly supports The Recovery Bill of Rights, which includes the right to be fully informed of the many pathways to recovery.     

Some Upcoming Events
July 16, 2014: Meet The Council Open House8 - 9 am at 252 West Swamp Road, Bailiwick Office Campus, Unit 12, Doylestown, PA 18901
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. Sponsorship deadline is August 1.
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