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!
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 www.recoverywalks.org.
Be sure to register! It's free! Let's make our voices heard to end stigma and to end discrimination!
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 Program
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.
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.
Monday October 19th through Friday October 23rd9am-4pm, and
Monday October 26th through Thursday October 29th9am-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 Thursday10:00am - 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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