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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

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
Stigma Must End
For years, The Council has been working to reduce stigma associated with alcohol and other drug addiction.  Accepting that stigma is a significant barrier for those in need seeking help, The Council has changed its stance and is now working to eliminate stigma!

Merriam-Webster defines stigma as "a set of negative and often unfair beliefs that a society or group of people have about something."  The google definition states, "a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person."   The stigma associated with substance use disorder often results in shame and guilt for individuals and families and leads to a delay in treatment which too often ends with premature loss of life. 

During a National Survey in 2013, it was found that 22.7 million people aged 12 and older (8.6% of the population) needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol problem.  Of those, 2.5 million (10.9%) actually received treatment.   A major reason so few actually receive treatment is stigma.  People are ashamed to ask for help.  Families are embarrassed to talk about how addiction is affecting their lives, and legislators and health care decision makers react to stigma by discriminating against those with substance use disorder through limiting availability of care and support for recovery services.

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. 

"There are millions of people in recovery in the U.S. leading meaningful and productive lives full of joy, love, and laughter-and I am one of them."  Michael Botticelli is the Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.  He is open about his long-term recovery of over 25 years and will participate in Recovery Walks! 2015.  Like Director Botticelli, The Council offers hope and healing to individuals and families working toward long-term recovery.   The voice of 22 million Americans living in recovery needs to be heard! 

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 the individuals, families and communities want to end stigma!  We can't afford to be silent anymore.  Register to walk at
Anger Management

The Council's Criminal Justice Department is happy to announce that we are running Anger Management groups in upper, middle and lower Bucks County.  The SAHMSA based curriculum is designed to help participants gain insight into the source of their anger and implement positive changes.  The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy based curriculum is presented weekly over a 6-week period which gives participants the opportunity to utilize tools outside of the class and review their experiences with a professional and peers in a supportive setting.  Participants learn how their anger negatively impacts their interpersonal relationships and can possibly lead to substance abuse.  

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.   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. 

We each have a voice and the power to shape the future of our community and the nation.  Together we can clear the barriers to treatment and long term recovery, end stigma, end discrimination, and celebrate those thriving in recovery.   Participation in Recovery Walks! 2015 is a time to unite and to show support for recovery as a solution.  

Be sure to register!  It's free and it is essential for bringing attention to addiction and recovery. Let's make our voices heard to end stigma and to end discrimination! 

What is the Recovery Toolkit Program? 

People transitioning into recovery are often shown very limited sets of tools. Tools which may be working for others around them, but which they themselves may struggle with for a variety of reasons.  This may lead them to conclude they are missing the mark.
Building off the Guiding Principles of Recovery, this program seeks to offer a place where people from many pathways of recovery can share their recovery journey under the Universal Principles of the 12 Guiding Principles of Recovery.
These Principles are:
  1. There are many pathways to Recovery
  2. Recovery is self-directed and empowering
  3. Recovery involves a personal recognition of the need for change and transformation
  4. Recovery is holistic
  5. Recovery has cultural dimensions
  6. Recovery exists on a continuum of improved health and wellness
  7. Recovery is supported by peers and allies
  8. Recovery emerges from hope and gratitude
  9. Recovery involves a process of healing and self-redefinition
  10. Recovery involves addressing discrimination and transcending shame and stigma
  11. Recovery involves (re) joining and (re)building a life in the community
  12. Recovery is a reality, it can and does happen
The program typically involves two speakers who will speak briefly on one of the above Principles, followed by a question & answer session. This gives the participants an opportunity to learn about the many pathways available to them directly from others in recovery.
Join us! We meet the third Tuesday of every month from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM.

The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc.
252 West Swamp Rd., Unit 12
Doylestown PA 18901.

To register, email or call Steve at 215-345-6644 Ext. 3006
(registration is preferred but not required)
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 Thursday, 6:00pm

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 Thursday, 11:00am
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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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