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Recovery Simulation Event – Penn State Berks

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April 17 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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This event will take place on April 17, 2024, 1-4 PM at the Penn State Berks Campus Beaver Athletics & Wellness Center. Click here for campus map.

What is a Recovery Simulation?

A Recovery Simulation is an event that helps participants experience and better understand the many challenges faced by those in early recovery from substance use disorder.

Click here to learn about our last Recovery Simulation in December 2023

How it Works?

  • It is a 2.5-hour event involving about 60 participants
  • Participants are given a “Life Card” representing a person in early recovery.
  • They must then complete all the tasks on the card by visiting tables manned by volunteers.
  • Tasks may include: Appearing in court, meeting with a probation officer, applying for social services, visiting a career center, working odd jobs, borrowing money, relying on public transportation, etc.
  • Following the simulation, participants will have the opportunity to discuss their experiences.

Who Should Attend?

This event is restricted to:

  • Penn State Berks Students
  • Berks County Employees
  • Berks County Probation Department

For more information, please contact Jackie Steed at; (610)376-8669 ext 107.

This event is made possible, in whole or in part, by funds received through the Berks County Opioid Settlement Agreement. 

Sign up for the event here:


April 17
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Penn State Berks
2080 Tulpehocken Rd
Reading, PA 19601 United States