We must be united in the war against addiction! My mission is to unite organizations,support groups, and everyone else who needs a helping hand. I am here to educate equip and develop a Recovery resource Network. My hope is that everyone gets the help they need and no one is left behind or alone in their fight for freedom from addiction. Join me and lets fight the good fight! Our Philosophy: Instigate, Agitate, Educate, and Liberate!
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 www.recoverywalks.org.
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!
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:
There are many pathways to Recovery
Recovery is self-directed and empowering
Recovery involves a personal recognition of the need for change and transformation
Recovery is holistic
Recovery has cultural dimensions
Recovery exists on a continuum of improved health and wellness
Recovery is supported by peers and allies
Recovery emerges from hope and gratitude
Recovery involves a process of healing and self-redefinition
Recovery involves addressing discrimination and transcending shame and stigma
Recovery involves (re) joining and (re)building a life in the community
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.
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
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.
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 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11:00am
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