Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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          Pennsylvania Recovery Organization --
     Achieving Community Together (PRO-ACT) 
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March 3, 2015

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SMART Recovery is coming to Central Bucks

In an effort to support our ongoing commitment to the availability of multiple pathways in recovery, The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania will be piloting SMART Recovery meetings at select Council/PRO-ACT offices starting this month.  The goal of this pilot program will be to determine community interest in establishing ongoing meetings. The first SMART Recovery meeting will be held on Thursday, March 5th at our Doylestown, PA office at 252 W. Swamp Road, Unit 12.  Subsequent meetings will occur on Thursday evenings at 6:00 pm and will last 60 - 90 minutes, depending on participation.  Additional meetings will be added to our facilities in Rosemont, Bristol and Philadelphia as the interest arises.

About SMART Recovery

SMART recovery is the leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group that utilizes evidence-based practices.  Participants learn tools for addiction recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a world-wide community which includes free, self-empowering, science-based, mutual self-help groups.  SMART Recovery stands for Self-Management and Addiction Recovery Training.  In addition to Basic & Advanced Programs for persons in recovery, SMART Recovery has programs for Family & Friends, as well as Teen & Youth.

 How can SMART Recovery Help Me?
SMART Recovery can be used to address any addictive behavior.  No matter what your addiction, the program's tools and techniques will help you overcome the behavior.  You'll find a warm and welcoming community in both our face-to-face meetings as well as online supporting activity.  The SMART Recovery 4-Point Program® helps people recover from all types of addiction and addictive behaviors, including: drug abuse, drug addiction, substance abuse, alcohol abuse, cocaine addiction, prescription drug abuse, as well as Process Addictions such as  gambling, sexual addiction, video gaming and other online activities.  The SMART Recovery 4-Point Program offers tools and techniques for each program point:  1: Building and Maintaining Motivation; 2: Coping with Urges; 3: Managing Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviors; and 4: Living a Balanced Life.

 How do SMART Recovery meetings work?
Face-to-face meetings typically last 60 - 90 minutes and are designed to be highly interactive.  Participants are encouraged to share their personal experiences and discuss the tools that help them personally, offering ideas and support to fellow participants. Meetings follow an outline, which included welcoming attendees, a brief statement, a participant check-in and agenda setting for the meeting.

 What makes SMART Recovery different that other mutual support groups? 
Like The Council, SMART Recovery advocates for choice in recovery, so that those seeking recovery know the variety of pathways in recovery available and can choose among them. SMART Recovery encourages a holistic approach, with the goal being to achieve a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Therefore, the SMART Recovery program is not designed for you to become a permanent participant, but rather for you to 'graduate' when you feel healthy and ready to live a clean/sober/balanced life. Upon graduation, we encourage all participants to volunteer as facilitators, or in another capacity, to help "pay forward' the benefits they have achieved.

 The Approach - SMART Recovery is an abstinence-based program that teaches self-empowerment and self-reliance.  The meetings are educational, supportive and include open discussions.  We teach techniques for self-directed change. 
  • Encourages individuals to recover from substance use and other addictive behaviors and live satisfying lives.
  • Supports the scientifically informed use of psychological treatments and legally prescribed psychiatric and addiction medication.
  • Works on substance use disorders, alcohol abuse, drug addictions and process addictions as complex maladaptive behaviors with possible physiological factors.
  • SMART Recovery program evolves as scientific knowledge in addiction recovery evolves.
  • Differs from Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and other 12-step programs in that it does not require you to embrace a spiritual approach to the process of recovery; however, SMART recovery is often used by people who also participate in spiritual based programs such as AA. NA, etc.
Recognition - SMART Recovery is a recognized resource for substance abuse and addiction recovery by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Center for Health Care Evaluation, The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

 The SMART Recovery pilot program will be facilitated by Stephen Osborne, CRS at our Central Bucks PRO-ACT office, Unit 12 Training Room.  For further information about this program or additional programs you can or call Stephen @ 215-345-6644 x3113.  
Upcoming Events:

Why Can't They Just Stop? with Kevin McCauley, MD - Tuesday, March 10 at 6:30 pm at Horsham Community Center, 1025 Horsham Road, Ambler PA. Our brains are amazing and complex. We'll have a conversation about how substance use can be relatively harmless for some, yet for others, can lead to abuse, or the disease of addiction. Click here for flyer. 

 ADDICT a one act play - March 19 & 21 at 6:30 pm at Hatboro-Horsham High School. The play brings to life the impact of substance abuse among adolescents through ten vignettes, each focusing on a specific drug. Click here for flyer. 

Volunteer for The Council/PRO-ACT !!

Contact one of our Volunteer Coordinators:
Central Bucks:  Email or call Rick at 215-345-6644
Southern Bucks:  Email or call Karen at 215-788-3738 x100
Philadelphia: Email or call She-Ria at 215-233-7700 or Email John or call 215-923-1661 
Chester, Delaware and Montco: Email or call John at 215-923-1661
PRO-ACT Recovery Walks! Committees: Email  or call John at 215-923-1661

Volunteer Training Schedule
Volunteer Orientation Training
March 4, 2015 1 pm  - 2:30 pm at Southern Bucks Recovery Community Center, 1286 Veterans Highway, D-6, Bristol, PA 19007
March 4, 10 am - 1 pm and 5 pm - 7:30 pm at Philadelphia Recovery Training Center, 444 N 3rd Street, Suite 307, Philadelphia, 19123
March 13, 1 pm - 2:30 pm at Central Bucks Recovery Community Center, 252 W Swamp Road, Doylestown PA 18901

Group Leadership/Facilitation Training
March 11, 2015  1 pm - 3:30 pm at Southern Bucks Recovery Community Center, 1286 Veterans Highway, D-6, Bristol, PA 19007
March 12, 10 am - 1 pm and 5 pm - 8 pm at Philadelphia Recovery Training Center, 444 N 3rd Street, Suite 307, Philadelphia, PA 19123
March 27, 1 pm - 3 pm at Central Bucks Recovery Community Center, 252 W Swamp Road, Doylestown, PA 18901

Peer Mentoring Training
March 16 & 17, 2015 9 am - 4 pm at Philadelphia Recovery Training Center, 444 N 3rd Street, Suite 307, Philadelphia, 19123

Please contact the volunteer coordinator for questions or to attend.

NEW Location - Family Education Program - Tuesday evenings March 10, 17, 24 & 31 from7 - 9 pm at 1062 E Lancaster Ave. Suite 22-A, Rosemont, PA  19010 from 7 - 9:00 pm.  To register call 800-221-6333.

Planning to Sustain Recovery - every Tuesday 7 - 8:30 pm and every Thursday 10 - 11:30 am at CBRCC, 252 W Swamp Road, Unit 12, Doylestown.  Educational support group to help individuals in all stages of recovery plan goals and action steps to sustain recovery. To registeremail or call Jeanne at 215-345-6644.  

Gateway to Work every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 11:00 am at SBRCC, 1286, Veterans Highway, Unit D-6, Bristol; Mon. - Fri. the first week of the month at PRCC, 1701 W Lehigh Ave., #6, Philadelphia, PA 19132; 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 1:00 pm at CBRCC, 252 W Swamp Road, Doylestown. Get help with resume building, barriers to employment and motivation. Contact Rick at 215-345-6644 or email for more information.

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