Saturday, August 29, 2015

Celebrating 40 Years!August 28, 2015
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It's Recovery Night at the Baseball Game!!!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Enjoy a a fun night of baseball with 500 other fans in an alcohol-free section!

Tickets:  $20
Save the Date!

National Recovery Night at the Baseball Game
9/12/15:  6pm
Tickets $20

Recovery Walks! 2015
Registration is FREE!

CRS Training ProgramOctober 19-29, 2015

40th Anniversary Gala5/5/2016

Family ProgramRegister:  215-345-6644
Chester County
9/2, 9/9, 9/16:

Colmar9/3, 9/10, 9/17:

Pottstown9/1, 9/8, 9/15:  

Media9/1, 9/8, 9/15:

Perkasie9/14, 9/21, 9/28:

Bristol9/3, 9/10, 9/17:

Volunteer for The Council/PRO-ACT !!

Central Bucks:     
Email or call Steve at215-345-6644 x3006

Southern Bucks:  
Email or call Karen at215-788-3738 x100

Philadelphia, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County:        
Email John or call 215-923-1661 
PRO-ACT Recovery Walks! Committees: 
Email  or call John at215-923-1661
Recovery Walks! 2015

Last year, 23,000 people joined Recovery Walks! to celebrate recovery, making it the largest recovery activity in the nation.  With support, we can show an even larger constituency of consequence (an organized voice of people in recovery) to elected officials.   

Given the widespread impact and societal cost of substance use disorders, it's important for communities to end stigma, to make prevention, treatment, and recovery support available and accessible for all who need them. 

Recovery Walks! highlights the positive impact of recovery and gives hope to those struggling with addiction that thriving in recovery is possible.  Individuals can participate by forming a team, sponsoring a team, walking, or by sponsoring a walker.  At Recovery Walks! 2015, PRO-ACT will be providing free Naloxone education to reduce the number of premature loss of life due to overdose, and there will be a voter registration booth. 

Join us to end stigma and to give millions more the opportunity to receive treatment for substance use disorder.  Everyone knows someone in recovery.  Walk with them and celebrate their efforts to fight this disease. 
We pay taxes, we vote, and we each contribute to our community's well-being.  Together we can eliminate the shame and embarrassment associated with this disease and save lives!  Together we can show decision makers that individuals, families and communities want to end stigma!  We can't afford to be silent anymore.  Register to walk at

Be sure to register!  It's free! Let's make our voices heard to end stigma and to end discrimination! 

Contact Your Local Legislature! 

On Monday, August 17, a group of PRO-ACT volunteers set out to Pottstown to not only hear about the current budget crisis facing the Commonwealth, but to also show our political leaders that people in recovery are engaged and paying attention to what is going on in Harrisburg.

The Press Conference had some very compelling testimony; one woman (A Certified Peer Specialist) shared how Recovery Support Services helped her become an independent, productive member of society.
During Q&A, Tara Lawley, a PRO-ACT Volunteer, had this to say:
"It has been proven 30 days is not enough to be put back in society and expect them not to struggle. Measures need to be in place for extensive outpatient with peer guidance of others who are in recovery. More beds need to be opened, insurance companies should pay for a mandatory 90 days, and outpatient should be better structured. You cannot expect to detox for two weeks, get therapy for two and be thrown back in society. What's next?"
Ms. Lawley's brother recently passed away due to an overdose.
Roadblocks to Recovery

Gary A. Enos discusses the different issues that many men face when they enter recovery in his article,
Men and women are different and should be treated as such even in recovery.  

The push is for treatment and therapies to be created that are more gender friendly and that those working with individuals in recovery are more aware and have an interest in gender specific needs.  You can read the full article here.
The INTERRUPTED curriculum was created by Dauphin County Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Services to educate at-risk youth and prevent initial or further experimentation with substances. The program targets Middle and High School aged students and is designed to Interrupt at-risk behaviors and replace risk factors with protective factors.  INTERRUPTED offers four separate curriculum: Underage Drinking, Tobacco, Marijuana and Prescription Drugs.
In the 2014-15 school year, The Council's Prevention Department facilitated the INTERRUPTED - Underage Drinking unit to eight groups throughout Bucks County totaling 140 students.  The pictures below were created by some of the Middle School students.

For more information on INTERRUPTED, please contact Jessica Schwartz via email or call 215-230-8218 ext. 3158.
CRS Training Program

The Certified Recovery Specialist, or CRS, Credential recognizes the work of recovering individuals in the provision of recovery support services in assisting others in accessing and sustaining recovery. The CRS Credential is certified by the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB). The Council is a PCB-approved provider of education, offering the 54 hours of education required to apply for the CRS credential. Please note, the PCB also requires candidates to document receipt of a High School Diploma, GED, or college transcripts, complete an application, sign an ethics agreement, and pass a multiple choice exam.
Click here for the CRS Training brochure.

Dates and Times
Monday October 19th through Friday October 23rd 9am-4pm, and
Monday October 26th through Thursday October 29th 9am-4pm, and
Friday October 30th 9am - 12pm CRS Exam Prep Session

Philadelphia Recovery Training Center (PRTC), 444 N. 3rd, Suite 307, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Cost: Get the whole 54 credit course for $800.00.  This is less than $15 per credit hour!  Includes complete manual and FREE test prep study session.  

Click here to register for the CRS Training Program.
Center Program Highlights

Central Bucks Recovery Community Center
252 W Swamp Road, Unit 12, Doylestown, PA  18901

Planning to Sustain Recovery:  
Educational support group to help individuals in all stages of recovery plan goals and action steps to sustain recovery. To register email or call Jeanne at 215-345-6644 ext. 3120.
1st, 2nd, and 4th Tuesdays of each month,  7:00pm - 8:30pm
Every Thursday 10:00am - 11:30am

Recovery Toolkit
Educational peer support group to help individuals in recovery and provides tools for continuous sobriety. To register email or call Steve C. at 215-345-6644 ext. 3006.
3rd Tuesday each month, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Gateway to Work:
Workshop with tips and tools for resume building, overcoming barriers to employment such as overcoming criminal background and gaps in employment, and motivation. To register email or call Steve C. at 215-345-6644 ext. 3006.
2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month, 1:00 pm 

SMART Recovery©
Open recovery meeting focused on self-empowerment, abstinent-based recovery support.  Email or call Stephen Osborne for more information.
Every Thursday6:00pm

Southern Bucks Recovery Community Center
1286 Veterans Highway, Unit D-6, Bristol, PA  19007

Gateway to Work:
Workshop with tips and tools for resume building, overcoming barriers to employment such as overcoming criminal background and gaps in employment, and motivation. To register email or call Karen at 215-788-3738 ext. 100.
Every TuesdayWednesday and Thursday11:00am
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Contact Us

Information and Resource Line:  1-800-221-6333

252 W. Swamp Rd., Unit 12                    1701 W. Lehigh Ave, #6
Doylestown, PA  18901                           Philadelphia, PA  19132
215-345-6644                                       215-223-7700

252 W. Swamp Rd., Unit 33                    444 N. 3rd St., Ste. 307
Doylestown, PA  18901                          Philadelphia, PA  19123
215-230-8723 (DUI)                              215-923-1661
215-230-8218 (Prevention)

1286 Veterans Hwy                               1062 E. Lancaster Ave., Ste 22-A
Bristol, PA  19007                                 Rosemont, PA  19010       
215-788-3738                                       484-383-0802            

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Welcome Back to School: How to Stay Sober in College | The Fix

Welcome Back to School: How to Stay Sober in College | The Fix

Nar-Anon's Farewell to Dwier Celebration

The Nar-Anon groups will soon be leaving the Ray Dwier Center. Please join COA and our friends at Nar-AnontomorrowAugust 27 at 6:00 pm as we celebrate the many good times we've shared together at 392 Church Street. 

If you can, please bring a dish to share.

COA will keep a room in the Dwier Center for interventions, family meetings, etc. but some other activities may move. For questions or comments, please

Sat., Oct 10: Join COA to Remember Davey Gold

Davey Gold was a talented DJ as well as a friend & mentor to many. His life ended this summer, far too soon. 

Please support COA and honor Davey's life on Sat., Oct. 10 at Cedar Gardens, Rt. 33 in Hamilton. This fundraiser will celebrate Davey's life with the music he loved. There will also be photos and videos, so if you didn't know Davey before, you will by the end of the evening! This man will be missed....Come to support Davey's friends and family, come because you want to help, or just come because it'll be a good time! 

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

To buy tickets, click here

To learn more about Davey, click here.
New on COA Recovery Radio!
Let's Talk About Recovery!
COA Recovery Radio is the only radio station anywhere that plays recovery talk 24/7/365!
All shows are original, uplifting and available on any Internet-enabled device at or thru the free smartphone app.

Addiction can affect ANYONE! Did you know that 20% of lawyers abuse drugs, compared with 10% of everyone else? 

Find out what happens when lawyers get addicted - and how they can get help - in the latest "Your Legal Recovery".To listen to this show, click here.

Tune into past episodes of "Your Legal Recovery" for info on handling DUIs, child custody issues, first offenses and more at

COARR plays all original recovery talk 24/7/365.

All COARR shows are online, on demand: 

For "Stop Feeding the Predators" with  Lynn McClain, click here

For "Wellness in Recovery" with life coach Nancy Tilelli, click here

For "Journey Thru the 12 Steps with the Life Recovery Bible," click here.

For "Share Your Scars!" with Vicki, click here.

For "Wings Over Water: Creativity in Recovery" with recovery musician Kathy Moser,click here.

For "Families and Recovery" with Cathy and Bill,  

For "Prosperity in Recovery" with Rich Alexander, click here

For "Living Clean & Sober" with Johnny Raggs & Ken MacDonald, click here

For "Solutions" with Michael DeLeon, click here.

For "Your Legal Recovery" with Saul Segan, Esq., click here.
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Partnership for Drug-free Kids

Were you impressed by the sportsmanship shown by a teen this past year? Did the youth coach of your child’s team take the time to demonstrate the meaning of healthy competition?

Now is the time to honor your local student athlete and youth coach.

In conjunction with Major League Baseball Charities, we are recognizing outstanding student athletes and youth coaches in any sport – on and off the playing field – who embody the spirit of teamwork and healthy, drug-free competition.

Nominate your community’s youth sports heroes for the 6th annual Commissioner’s Play Healthy Awards contest! The awards are a part of our joint efforts, including the Play Healthy website, to educate families about the risks of steroids and performance-enhancing substances.
“I cannot begin to thank you for giving youth such a fulfilling experience and opportunity. It will forever lead her, inspire her, shape her future and commit her to serve others in her community and (what will undoubtedly be) her long, splendid life."

-Holly Jordan, nominated Kelsey Barrett, student-athlete winner of the 5th annual Commissioner’s Play Healthy Award

One winning youth coach and one student athlete will receive prizes, including a trip for themselves and one special guest to New York City.

Plus, join us in spreading the word on Facebook and Twitter with these sample posts:

#PlayHealthy #Contest! Nominate extraordinary coaches & student athletes for chance to win trip to NYC & more!

Inspiring #studentathlete & #youth #coach can win trip to NYC & more! Find out how #PlayHealthy
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