September 27, 2021

Berks County Commissioners Recognized for Support of Substance Use Related Services

Representatives of the Council on Chemical Abuse (COCA) recently attended a September county commissioners meeting, in recognition of National Recovery Month. They thanked commissioners for funding services that support prevention, treatment and recovery from substance use disorder.

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September 15, 2021

Berks Co. Press Conference Addresses Rash of Overdoses

Over 100 overdoses were reported at Reading hospitals over the weekend of September 11 & 12, due to a illegal cocktail of heroin, fentanyl, xylazine (a horse tranquilizer) and an unknown substance.

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August 30, 2021

September is National Recovery Month

National Recovery Month, held every September, celebrates the gains made by those in long-term recovery from addiction. Now in its 32nd year, National Recovery Month raises awareness of new treatment and recovery practices and recognizes the dedication of service providers and community members who help make recovery possible.

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August 4, 2021

August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day is the world’s largest annual campaign to end overdose, remember without stigma those who have died, and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind.

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July 27, 2021

What is Self-Care?

The term self-care refers to actions a person takes to promote their own well-being. Activities like yoga, exercise, healthy eating, and maintaining social connections all contribute to our self-care.

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April 27, 2021

Berks County Program Highlighted by PA Attorney General

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro held a press conference at the Berks Rise Center on April 13, highlighting the state’s LETI (Law Enforcement Treatment Initiative) program. The Council on Chemical Abuse’s Blue CARES – Next Step program is a part of that initiative, and Berks is one of only seven counties in the state currently participating.

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April 7, 2021

Berks Co. Update: COVID-19 & the Opioid Crisis

On March 31, Berks County Commissioners and local experts gave an update on the opioid crisis, which has been negatively impacted by the pandemic. While much of the news wasn’t good, with an unfortunate increase in overdose deaths, presenters stressed that treatment and support remain available in the county.

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March 10, 2021

Telehealth Counseling – A Virtual Path to Recovery

In Pennsylvania, nearly all outpatient treatment providers of substance use disorder now offer telehealth services. That means patients can access treatment without an inpatient visit.

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March 3, 2021

Free Apps for People in Recovery

We’ve compiled a list of recovery-based apps that can be downloaded onto your phone to help you stay connected to a recovery support community and meet your own recovery goals. All of the apps listed are available on Google Android and Apple iOS. Best of all, these apps are free.

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February 10, 2021

Overdose Deaths Rise in 2020

While COVID-19 makes daily headlines, another epidemic has been lurking in the shadows. The Opioid Epidemic remains a deadly reality in Berks County, with 128 confirmed drug-related fatalities in 2020, up from 121 in 2019.

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