Wednesday, August 20, 2014

      The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc.PRO-ACT
          Pennsylvania Recovery Organization --
     Achieving Community Together (PRO-ACT) 
Recovery in Our Communities
August 19, 2014
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Information and Recovery Support Line 24/7: 800-221-6333
When I get ready to talk to people, I spend two thirds of the time thinking what they want to hear, and one third thinking about what I want to say.
Abraham Lincoln
Workshop Helps Parents Communicate Effectively
With Teens About Underage Drinking

The Council sent 4 employees to become certified trainers for MADD's 
Power of Parents program.  Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) developed this program to equip parents and caregivers so they can start a potentially lifesaving conversation with their teens about alcohol.  Workshop highlights include communication strategies and tips; understanding alcohol's effects on a teenager's body and developing brain; and how to handle the tough questions. 

The Power of Parents Workshop also includes a great resource:  a Parent Handbook created by MADD and Dr. Robert Turrisi of Pennsylvania State University.  This comprehensive handbook is an in-depth, evidence-based tool that will greatly assist parents in communicating with their teens about alcohol.    

If you are interested in attending or hosting a Parent Workshop, please contact Diane Catherwood at 215-230-8218 x 3185.  
Important Recovery Management Implications

The Council's approach to recovery management supports "the many pathways to recovery."   It is important for persons in recovery to understand all potential impediments to long term recovery as well as the strategies for overcoming challenges. All persons in recovery should be provided with the best information possible so they can decide for themselves what is best for them.  

An article published in The Addiction Professional contains an interesting study with clear implications for best practices in recovery management.  In this article, Edward J. Cumella, PhD, and Christopher B. Scott, MS, discussed results of their study comparing the "AA habits" of young adults ages 20 to 40 with that of older adults ages 65 and up.  While more research is needed, the study reveals significant differences between these age groups.  The authors found the following differences: 
  • Young adults are more likely to be externally motivated to attend AA due to work or legal problems, whereas older adults are more internally motivated attending due to health issues. 
  • Younger adults have more difficulty integrating and bonding with other AA members, whereas older adults had little or no difficulty finding supportive relationships.
  • Older adults had significant practical obstacles in attending AA meetings including  scheduling and transportation issues.
With respect to recovery management, anticipating challenges and providing the best possible solutions and alternatives is the right approach. 
Some Upcoming Events
September 12, 20147:05 pm. Recovery Night at the Baseball Game,Phillies vs. Marlins, Citizens Bank Park. Click here for tickets.

Sept. 17, 2014: Meet The Council Open House8 - 9 am at 252 West Swamp Road, Bailiwick Office Campus, Unit 12, Doylestown, PA 18901

September 20, 2014PRO-ACT Recovery Walks! 2014, Great Plaza, Penn's Landing, Philadelphia. Click here to register and get more information.
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