EVENT: Halloween at EDI

Easy Does It, Inc. Halloween Event! Saturday, October 28, 2017 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. Easy Does It, Inc. 1300 Hilltop Road, Leesport, PA $7.00 / kids 12 and under FREE Join on some good Halloween at EDI!

National Recovery Month Celebration!

Sunday, September 24, 2017 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Reading Hospital 5th Avenue Conference Center, Rooms 1,2 & 3 You are invited to a recovery month celebration with the Drug & Alcohol Center at Reading Hospital! Come at 6:30 for fellowship and refreshments, followed by recovery guest speakers. CLICK HERE to see all more upcoming events […]

2017 Recovery Walk & Soberstock

Join the fun and celebrate recovery with us!

Spanish Berks NA Celebration!

Saturday, September 9, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. PA Counseling – Reading Psychiatric 125 South 5th Street, Reading, PA This event will take place at the parking lot of the Reading Psychiatric building. This event is FREE and open to the Reading/Berks County community! The event will include live Spanish music, Spanish food, NA members […]

NEWS: “When I Hear Addiction, I See Hope” – Literary Contest

Have you, a friend, or family member struggled with addiction? Have you finally broken free to experience the joy of a life without drugs and alcohol? Tell us your story! Join the Berks HOPE literary contest! Contest runs from October 2nd to November 15th, 2017. This event is sponsored by Berks HOPE (Helping Others/Providing Expertise). Berks […]

EVENT: Is Someone You Love Struggling with Addiction?

Let’s Talk! Saint Andrew United Methodist Church in Bechtelsville, PA is hosting two upcoming events on the topic of addiction. Join in on the conversation! Monday, August 21, 2017, 7-8:30 PM “Winning Through Surrender” Ed Martin, from Caron Treatment Centers Let’s look at the spiritual side of being part of a family dealing with addiction. Ed […]

NEW Heroin Anonymous Meeting

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24th Annual PA State Convention 2017

24th Annual PA State Convention 2017 August 4-6, 2017 The Grand Hotel Cape May, NJ 08204 The purpose of the Pennsylvania State Convention is to enable members throughout the state to meet, to get to know each other, to work together to carry the A.A. message of recovery and to enjoy their mutual sobriety.” This year’s […]

Feature Story: A New Life – Dan’s Story

Today, Dan M. leads a productive life.  He is gainfully employed, has a close relationship with his parents, great friendships, engages in exercise and eating right and above all has a close and loving relationship with his higher power.  Dan says, “Following a schedule, being connected to people in recovery, changing people, places, and things […]

Voices of Recovery: It CAN Be Done!

In 2015, I over did my opiate pill taking yet once again, awoke to my youngest daughter yelling because a cigarette burnt my shirt in my chest and my comforter was smoking flames that needed to be extinguished. The usual behavior with me in the last 6 years heroin and opiates took over my already drug […]

2017 SEPIA Annual Round Up in Cape May, NJ

2017 SEPIA Annual Round Up April 7-9, 2017 The Grand Hotel Cape May, NJ 08204 Come for a fun weekend of fellowship and meetings.  All are welcome.  Held at the Grand Hotel in Cape May New Jersey. For more information and to register please CLICK HERE. CLICK HERE to see more upcoming regional events!

“We are Not a Glum Lot” Weekend Conference

March 31 – April 2, 2017 Fairview Lakes YMCA Conference Center Stillwater, NJ 07875 A weekend of sobriety for a Happy, Joyous and Free ex[erience, while growing in your own recovery. For more information and to register please CLICK HERE. CLICK HERE to see more upcoming regional events!

Back to the 80s and 90s Dance at EDI!

Saturday, March 25, 2017 8:00 p.m. – 12:20 a.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., 7:15 p.m. Speaker Easy Does It, Inc. 1300 Hilltop Road, Leesport, PA $7 Cover Charge Come out for a fun night with your friends! We will be taking it back to the 80s and 90s. We hope to see you there!

EVENT: Common Ground Speaker Series – March 2016

“From Desperation to Redemption” Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Atonement Lutheran Church 5 Wyomissing Boulevard, Wyomissing, PA Jodi Holland, Executive Director at The Gate House, shares about finding true purpose through the spiritual journey of recovery. Pictured left: George Vogel, Executive Director of the Council on Chemical Abuse with Jodi Holland.

Personal Story: Addict to Advocate

I was an overachieving, well rounded and sagacious undergraduate student. I majored in psychology, minored in biology and was an active member of the Psi Chi honor society. I was drawn to the study of psychology and fascinated by the complexities of mental illness. I became certified as a research assistant and spent many hours with […]

Stand Up for Recovery Comedy Show

Saturday, February 25, 2017 7:00 p.m.  – 10:00 p.m. Villanova University – Connelly Center – Villanova Room 800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085 YPR Philadelphia and Villanova Recovery bring to you a night of laughs, entertainment, and awareness. CLICK HERE for more information about this event! CLICK HERE to see more upcoming regional events!

Personal Story: Thriving in Recovery

I was kind of a lost soul growing up. Living on autopilot, the days seemed like a blur, one to the next. I was mediocre at school and sports, deeply ambivalent about my future. Middle school brought the pain of bullying. My tall, skinny frame stood out like a lone sprouted weed on a velvet-green […]

Personal Story: #RecoveryIsPossible

In my experience, my active alcoholism was much more than a disease or substance use disorder. It was a full-blown way of life. EVERYTHING, from the moment I awoke in the morning to how and when I brushed my teeth, was dictated by my alcoholism. You see, I may not have drank every day or […]

EVENT: Common Ground Speaker Series – January 2017

“Turning Deficits into Strengths…” Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Atonement Lutheran Church 5 Wyomissing Boulevard, Wyomissing, PA David Rotenberg, Chief Clinical Officer, Caron Treatment Centers, speaks about turning deficits into strengths and building a life of recovery by doing so. CLICK HERE to view a flyer about the Healing Power of 12-Step Spirituality Speaker Series. Get information […]

FEATURE STORY: There is Freedom from the Bondage of Addiction

My name is Iris and I am an addict in recovery. To say the least, I came from a family of chaos, violence, abuse and insanity. I was the oldest of four children. The only stable influence in my life was my grandmother and she the best she could to protect me; God bless her.  […]

EVENT: Common Ground Speaker Series – November 2016

“Spiritual Solutions to Shame” Tuesday, November 8, 2016 Atonement Lutheran Church 5 Wyomissing Boulevard, Wyomissing, PA A. Michael Blanche, Addictions Specialist explores emotional regulation skills to help reduce shame and assist in letting go to heal in the journey of recovery. CLICK HERE to view a flyer about the Healing Power of 12-Step Spirituality Speaker Series. […]

EVENT: Common Ground Speaker Series – October 2016

“Ordinary Spirituality for an Extraordinary Way of Life” Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Atonement Lutheran Church 5 Wyomissing Boulevard, Wyomissing, PA E.N. (Chip) Burson, Executive Advisor HELIX Integrative Institute for Mindfulness shares mindfulness practice and the wisdom path of the 12 steps. CLICK HERE to view a flyer about the Healing Power of 12-Step Spirituality Speaker Series. […]

Berks County Celebrates Recovery!

Berks County Celebrates Recovery! Saturday, October 1, 2016 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. City Park, Reading, PA Join a day of celebrating recovery in Berks County! Recovery Walk starts at 11:00 a.m. at Reading Area Community College, and Soberstock begins at noon at City Park. Please see flyer below for additional details: It was a great event! […]

National Recovery Month

Recovery Walk & Soberstock October 1, 2016 Walk begins at 11 a.m. Reading Area Community College 10 S. 2nd St, Reading, PA 19603 Join us for a whole day to celebrate recovery! At 11 a.m. we start at Reading Area Community College with a walk through the city ending at City Park. Soberstock will be at City […]

EVENT: Easy Does It, Inc. Golf Tournament

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 Berkleigh Golf Club 14623 Kutztown Rd, Kutztown, PA 19530 Join EDI’s 10th Annual Resident Scholarship fundraiser on June 22. See flyer below for more information.

NEWS: Understanding Addiction

For the past eight weeks, a series of presentations, information and resources were shared with members from the Berks County Community and beyond about the dynamics associated with the disease of addiction.  Understanding Addiction and Recovery series provided education, awareness and hope to individuals, families and friends about the effects of alcohol and other drugs.  […]

Save the Date: Recovery Walk and Soberstock!

Save the date for Saturday, October 1!

EVENT: Caron Alumni and Families Reunion

Caron  Alumni and Families Reunion Saturday, June 25, 2016 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Caron Treatment Centers 243 N. Galen Hall Rd., Wernersville, PA 19565 Join Caron Treatment centers to reconnect with familiar faces and to greet newcomers. Mike Early, retired Caron EVP/Chief Clinical Officer, is our featured speaker sharing his experience, strength, and hope at […]

EVENT: An Evening of Live Soul Music

May 21, 2016 at Easy Does It, Inc. Click for more information!

SERIES: Learning More About Addiction & Recovery

Starts April 14 and ends June 2 Thursdays 6:30-7:30 St. John’s Lutheran Church 521 Walnut St., Reading, PA 19601 Join us for an 8-part educational series presenting important information and resources for addressing addiction and recovery in the Reading area. This series is FREE and open to the public. For more information please contact Yvonne […]

EVENT: Problem Gambling in Recovery

Hear from local professionals and learn about resources on the topic of problem gambling in recovery.

SERIES: Learning More About Addiction & Recovery

Join us for a FREE educational series about addiction & recovery. Click to learn more…

FEATURE STORY: Out of the Shadows

I belong to a fellowship that speaks to anonymity. The anonymity I must follow relates to the fellowship and who I see there, what I hear there, stays in the fellowship. That does not mean that I can not speak to my own person truth of being a person in long time recovery and being […]

EVENT: A Conversation with John Shinholser

EVENT: A Conversation with John Shinholser Wednesday, November 4, 2015 6:00 p.m. Atonement Lutheran Church 5 Wyomissing Road, Wyomissing, PA 19610 Recovery is all around us… Join us in conversation with John Shinholser, one of those featured in the documentary The Anonymous People, and President and Co-Founder of the McShin Foundation in Virginia. View a […]

EVENT: Common Ground Speaker Series

The 2017-2018 Speaker Series is here!

NEWS: RECOVERY STANDS TALL

RECOVERY STANDS TALL Thursday October 1, 2015; Berks County Services Center Close to 100 individuals with varying lengths of sobriety attended the Berks County Commissioners meeting earlier today. These individuals wanted to say “thank you” and show their appreciation for the Commissioners’ on-going financial and moral support for addiction related prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery […]

National Recovery Month 2015!

Join the celebration on September 19!

Women’s Spiritual Breakfast

Women’s Spiritual Breakfast Second Saturday of the month 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Easy Does It, Inc. 1300 Hill Road, Leesport, PA $5 donation Bring a friend! Join fellow women active in 12-step programs for a breakfast fellowship designed to allow women to support each other in their journey of recovery. Call (610) 373-2463 for more information. ***Easy […]

Common Ground Speaker Series 2015

“Are These Extravagant Promises? We Think Not! “ Tuesday, February 10, 2015 – Doors open at 6:30, program begins at 7 p.m. Atonement Lutheran Church 5 Wyomissing Boulevard, Wyomissing, PA Join Common Ground as Laurie Durgan, Spiritual Director Caron Renaissance; Assoc. Minister/Youth Director; Unity Delray Beach, FL speaks as part of The Healing Power of 12 Step Spirituality Speaker […]

FEATURE STORY: When I Finally Became Willing

In 2009 I entered rehab after an alcoholic binge under the guise of a wake. My 1st cousin had passed and for more than a few days we simultaneously mourned her death and celebrated her life…hard. I was really at the end of a 5 year stretch which cost me my marriage, as well as […]

New Year’s Eve at Easy Does It!

New Year’s Eve Speaker/Dance Wednesday, December 31, 2014 – 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Easy Does It, Inc. Calendar of Events 1300 Hilltop Road, Leesport, PA Are you looking for New Year’s Eve Plans? Join others at Easy Does It, Inc. for a night of fellowship, dancing, food and fun! For further information call EDI […]

The Anonymous People Showings 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015 – 6 p.m. Penn State University – Berks Campus 2080 Tulpehocken Road, Reading, PA 19610 Perkins Auditorium This is a FREE event with Limited Seating. Didn’t get to join us at Penn State? No worries, we will have more showings soon. For more information on upcoming events please visit HERE.

FEATURE STORY: I Didn’t Quit…IGot Caught.

September 23, 1985 was and is the best worst day of my life. That day, as usual, I woke after a night of drinking and doing other drugs with the same feelings of not caring if I lived or died. For me life was punishment; something to be endured. Deep inside I thought there was […]

Camp Joy Video

We have been working on a short documentary film for a few months now. Gathering interviews, footage and history from around Berks County. The film comes in light of a new housing facility, Camp Joy, opening for those recovering from the disease of addiction. Watch and hear from professionals in Berks County on the topic of […]

Blueprints for Recovery: COCA Annual Conference

Join the organization that keeps recoveryandme.org going for a day about recovery! This year the Council on Chemical Abuse‘s annual conference will take a closer look at recovery and how the criminal justice, social service and healthcare systems in particular, play a crucial role in helping the individual enter and sustain recovery. For more information […]

EVENT: Soberstock 2014

Sept. 20, Noon – 6 p.m. at Easy Does It, Inc,

EVENT: Recovery Walk 2014

Sat. Sept. 13th, 2014, Noon at RACC.

‘The Anonymous People’

    THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE is a feature documentary film about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. The film is a project of The Faces & Voices of Recovery, an addiction recovery advocacy group seeking to transform public attitudes and policies affecting people seeking or in recovery […]

‘The Anonymous People’

Tuesday, March 11
6:00 p.m.
Reading Hospital

RELEASE: Learning to Share Stories of Recovery

Recovery Messaging Training a Success! Reading, PA – On Thursday evening January 16, 2014, approximately 20 individuals attended a Recovery Messaging training at the Alvernia University’s Upland Center presented by the Council on Chemical Abuse (COCA). The workshop was developed by the Faces and Voices of Recovery and is intended to share language that can […]

WORKSHOP: Recovery Messaging

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015; 6:30 p.m. @ Easy Does It, Inc.

Step Nine: Clearing the Wreckage of the Past

“We have a list of all persons we have harmed and to whom we are willing to make amends. We made it when we took inventory. We subjected ourselves to a drastic self- appraisal. Now we go out to our fellows and repair the damage done in the past. We attempt to sweep away the […]

Step Eight: More Soul Searching Humility

“We have a list of all persons we have harmed and to whom we are willing to make amends. We made it when we took inventory. We subjected ourselves to a drastic self- appraisal. Now we go out to our fellows and repair the damage done in the past. We attempt to sweep away the […]

EVENT: Holiday Gathering

Dec. 11, 2013
6:30- 8:00 p.m.
Caron – Main Campus

New NA/AA Meetings in Berks County

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EVENT: Family Spiritual Breakfast

Bring the whole family – Saturday, August 5!

EVENT: EDI’s Chefs Celebration & Benefit Auction

Mon., Nov. 11, 2013
5:30 – 8:30 pm

EVENT: Halloween Dance

Saturday, October 26, 2013 9 p.m. – Midnight Easy Does It, Inc. – Walnut Street Facility 647 Walnut Street, Reading $3 Admission fee.  For more information call (610) 373-9550.

FEATURE STORY: Is it odd or is it God… or is it repetition compulsion?

Facing a career choice, I consulted my sponsor, a man wise in the ways of recovery.  One of the hallmarks of his recovery is that he faces problems rather than denying or ignoring them.  This is a quality I’m sure I need more of, so I seek his advice regularly and take it seriously.   The […]

EVENT: EDI Bingo Fundraiser

Thirty-One Bingo Fundraiser Sunday, November 17, 2013 Easy Does It, Inc. – 1300 Hilltop Road Leesport, PA 19533 Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Bingo Begins at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 presale, and $25 at the door, and includes a hot dog and drink.  Specials and raffles available for purchase during event. For more information, […]

EVENT: The Healing Power of 12-Step Spirituality 2014

Speaker Series
Jan. 14, 2014
Feb. 11, 2014

EVENT: Recovery Month Celebration

Sun., Sept. 29, 2013
7 – 9 pm
Reading Health System

EVENT: 6th Annual Fall Spiritual Retreat

Gathering, Gratitude & Harvest Friday, September 20 – Sunday, September 22, 2013 Camp Conrad Weiser – YMCA, Wernersville Friday Check in: 6:00 pm Sunday Check out: 8:30 am Come spend the weekend and explore, enhance and expand your connection with your spiritual self and others at the Fall Spiritual Retreat.  Sponsored by Caron Treatment Centers. […]

EVENT: 2013 Soberstock

Sat., Sept. 21st
Noon – 6 pm

EVENT: 5th Annual Recovery Walk of Berks County

Sun. Sept 15th
Noon – 4 pm

EVENT: EDI Inc. Presents Speaker’s Jam

Sat., Sept. 14, 2013
9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Easy Does It, Inc.

EVENT: Caron Philadelphia 5K Run/Walk and Sober Q

Saturday, September 14, 2013 Ridley Creek State Park, Section 17 351 Gradyville Road Newtown Square, PA 19073 9:00 am – Registration for Run/Walk 10:00 am – Run/Walk Begins 11:00 am – Sober Q CLICK HERE For more information

EVENT: Berks County Commissioner’s Meeting

Thursday, September 12th, 2013 Berks County Services Center Click here for meeting information Join us to tell our stories of recovery to the Berks County Commissioners.  For more information about this event contact Andrew Eisenhauer by phone at (610) 376-8669 or by email.

FEATURE STORY: Addiction & Recovery Patiently Wait

Hello, my name is Jeff, I am a recovering alcoholic, addict and codependent, I guess that’s a good place to start. Looking back I was a wide-eyed fun-loving kid, intent on exploring my world. I didn’t know it then, but I’ve come to learn that I grew up in a family surrounded by and entrenched […]

EVENT: A Night with Bill W. Movie & Discussion

Tuesday, September, 10th, 2013 7:00 pm; doors open at 6:30 pm Atonement Lutheran Church – Lundin Hall 5 Wyomissing Blvd. Wyomissing, PA 19610 This is a free event.  All are welcome to attend, but pre-registration is required. Click here for further information or to register.

EVENT: A Night With Bill W

Movie and Discussion Tuesday, Sept. 10 Atonement Lutheran Church – Lundin Hall 5 Wyomissing Blvd Wyomissing, PA 19610 7:00 pm; doors open at 6:30 pm Join us to explore the story of Bill W. and the early days of the 12-Step program he came to represent. The documentary will be followed by a panel-led discussion. […]

SEPTEMBER: National Recovery Month

Click here to view Berks County National Recovery Month Events!

Step Twelve: Carrying the Solution to Others

“Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.” (A.A. Big Book pg. 60) “Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics. It works when other […]

PERSONAL STORY: My Voyage to Recovery

Should I go back and finish college? Should I change careers? Now that I’m sober, maybe I should work in the addictions treatment field. When will this crazy sleeping pattern of mine change? What is the proper amount of exercise? How do I plan a diet that is correct and proper for someone in recovery? […]

Voices of Recovery: Thank You AA

Recovery is the most amazing gift I have ever received from God. I had spent 25+ years in a life of pain, regrets, and shame. I hit many bottoms; but, not one of them was enough to get me to surrender. The only way I can explain coming into recovery is the fact that God […]

Voices of Recovery: Thankful to be Sober

I got clean on 10-11-07. Life was what I was missing and did not know how to live. I asked someone or something to please help me to live the right way. I was tired, old, and could not bear to live that way any longer. I never once thought I would go to jail […]

Voices of Recovery: Recovery Rocks

It wasn’t easy to get where I am today. I wasn’t a first timer. But, every time that I came back I learned more and stayed longer. Until I learned about people, places and things that affected me I could not stay sober. I was living in hell and knew I wanted a better way of […]

Voices of Recovery: Recovery is the Bomb

My recovery brought me my peace back again. I was no longer a prisoner of the “drink.”  I am happy, joyous, and free – even when life throws me curve balls. The grace of God is the bomb! And we are all eligible! -Anonymous

Voices of Recovery: Recovery Changes Everything

Recovery has changed my perception on life and how I handle life’s situations. I have begun to live my life instead of be held hostage by an obsession that was out of my control. I have true friends today; I can help others the way that they have helped me. Diana D. Sobriety is the […]

Voices of Recovery: Recovery

Reality: I no longer live in a fantasy world filled with denial and lies. Energy: I have a real zeal for living each day to the fullest. Compassion: Self seeking has slipped away. I truly care about others today. Optimism: where I once felt hopeless and despair; I now feel hopeful and excited about each […]

Voices of Recovery: Recommitting to Recovery

    My recovery story starts January 2003. My grandmother had just died and I tried to commit suicide. I ended up in detox and went to Upper Darby for recovery. I got involved with Intergroup, chairing meetings, and doing service work. I relapsed December 2008 because I didn’t use my sponsor, meetings, or steps and […]

Voices of Recovery: Ode to Recovery

Recovery is about life And is worth the strife! Freedom to live, to grow, to be That is what it means to me. To carry the message And when you hear it And then to feel the Heartbeat of the spirit. Free as a seagull With wings of an eagle To share, to care, to […]

Voices of Recovery: My Recovery My Life

My recovery is everything to me; since I have been clean and found God, everything has been wonderful. I strongly encourage everyone who is in recovery to be strong and remember to let go and let god. Thank you and God Bless. Jeremy

Voices of Recovery: My Life Has Meaning

My recovery is everything to me because since I have been sober, I have meaning to my life once again. – Javod Recovery: It’s opened my eyes to a new way of living the way I always planned that life would be. – Anonymous Since I have been in recovery I have been able to […]

Voices of Recovery: Miracle of Sobriety

“The will of God will not take you, where the grace of God will not protect you.” If you are sober – even for today – you are a miracle. I am so thankful that recovery has happened to me. Not every day is a great day, but sobriety has taught me and shown me […]

Voices of Recovery: Magic Happens with the Group

My husband and I are both in recovery, and all summer we have a weekly bonfire meeting at our house. There’s a kind of magic that happens – a group of drunks in the woods, the crackle of the fire, the evening birdsong, the last rays of the setting sun, and not a keg or […]

Voices of Recovery: Living Sober

My recovery has been not an easy task. I have been through getting laid off from a job of four years and death of people close to me.  But through these tough times, my support group, Higher Power, and a great sponsor, has helped me stay sober. Working the steps also helps. Thank God for more happy […]

Voices of Recovery: Living on Life’s Terms

Recovery to me means a new way of life. It means building real lasting relationships and fixing old ones. Learning how to live without something is hard. But there comes a time if you work the steps where you can never be happier living life on life’s terms. -Anonymous

Voices of Recovery: Living a Manageable Life

I started drinking when I was about 11-12 years old and continued to drink and use drugs that made my life very unmanageable.  I went in and out of jail my whole life because I didn’t know how to stay clean or not do criminal activity. I was lost and alone. I had no one […]

Voices of Recovery: Grateful for Recovery House

My name is Don. I was a resident at the Men’s Bridgehouse until November 30, 2012.  I have a lot of gratitude of having the privilege to live there.  Before I came to the Bridgehouse, I was broken and homeless due to alcohol and drug abuse.  I entered a faith-based 14 month program called Teen […]

Voices of Recovery: Grace

A grateful alcoholic, sober nine years by the grace of God. I was pulled out of the pits of hell. If I got what I deserved I’d be in jail, an institution, or dead. I am truly blessed to be able to carry the message to the next suffering alcoholic. By the grace of God […]

Voices of Recovery: Getting Life Back

Recovery means getting my life back; and I didn’t know how much I lost until I got it back. Now, I can be useful….to my fellow human beings, to the world, and to God. I can learn how to handle life and get more out of life than I ever thought possible. Recovery means a closer relationship with my family […]

Voices of Recovery: Finally Made a Commitment

My name is Tina – I’m an alcoholic and addict from a home of alcoholics and addicts. Grew up thinking that was normal. Very codependent also. Took me four years of in and out of AA like a tennis ball. Finally on 12-24-98 I had hit my bottom and through working the 12 Steps and the grace of […]

Voices of Recovery: A New Life

It is hard to express how much my recovery means to me. My whole life has changed. Looking back I cannot believe how much things changed: the way I think about myself, the way I feel about other people, my hygiene, finances, relationships, all across the board. – Ray G. My recovery is important to […]

Voices of Recovery: A Lot of Pain and Misery

Hi, my name is Chuck A. I started drinking and using drugs when I was 13 years old. During the 32 years of my active drug and alcohol use I have spent 14 years in jail and hurt many people. In my active use I’ve experienced jail, institutions, and dies more than once. After 32 […]

Voices of Recovery: Alive & Aware

Recovery means everything to me. Without it I have nothing. It has given me the ability to be a responsible member of society. I can be a friend, Father, and son. Fully alive is how I feel today. I’m too blessed to be stressed. -Anonymous Recovery has given me insight into the habits, thought patterns, […]

Voices of Recovery: Al Anon ACOA Miracle

My name is Joanna and I am an adult child of an alcoholic. Before meetings and working the steps, I was a slave to my parents’ drunkenness and dry drunkenness. A miracle came to be and I found ACOA and Al-Anon. I learned for the first time that I actually have choices in my life. […]

COFFEE HOUSE: Open Mic Night

Coffeehouse Open Mic Night Third Friday of every month Atonement Lutheran Church 5 Wyomissing Boulevard, Wyomissing, PA 7:30 – 10:00 p.m. in Lundin Hall Express yourself creatively! Singers, poets, musicians, songwriters and more welcome for this sober fun, free and recovery friendly night! For more information please CLICK HERE or contact Pastor Tom Scornavacchi by e-mail at tscornavacchi@atonementwyo.org or by phone at (610) 375-3512.

WORSHIP: Common Ground Recovery Ministry

Every Wednesday –  7:30 p.m. Atonement Lutheran Church – Lundin Hall 5 Wyomissing Boulevard Wyomissing, PA Please CLICK HERE for more information.

STEP TEN: Four through Nine; Our New Way of Living

“This thought brings us to Step Ten, which suggests we continue to take personal inventory and continue to set right any new mistakes as we go along. We vigorously commenced this way of living as we cleaned up the past. We have entered the world of the Spirit. Our next function is to grow in […]

WORSHIP: 12 Step Oriented Service

Every Sunday –  9:30 a.m. Recovery Community Center 1300 Hill Road, Leesport, PA A non-denominational Christian, 12-step oriented worship service with music and fellowship. Families welcome, singles welcome, everyone welcome! Call Pastor Carl Andrews for more information (610) 575-4415.

Men’s Spiritual Breakfast

Men’s Spiritual Breakfast First Saturday of the month 9:30 a.m. – Breakfast 10:00 a.m. – Guest Speaker Easy Does It, Inc. 1300 Hill Road, Leesport, PA $5 donation A breakfast fellowship designed to allow men to support each other in their journey of recovery. Bring a friend! For further information call EDI at (610) 373-2463.

RECOVERY SUPPORT: Role of Diet & Nutrition

Healthy Diet and Nutrition in Recovery by Jessica Parks Many people are unaware of how important nutrition is in recovery. The types of food you eat and how often you eat are things to consider when mending your body from the harm that was done in active addiction. If not properly managed, a poor diet […]

RECOVERY SUPPORT: 12 Steps of Insanity

The 12 Steps of Insanity 1. We admitted we were powerless over nothing, that we could manage our lives perfectly and those of anyone who would let us. 2. Came to believe that there was no power greater than ourselves and the rest of the world was insane. 3. Make a decision to have our loved ones turn […]

RECOVERY SUPPORT: After Rehab

Things to do after drug rehab When you leave a drug rehab program, you will be faced with many challenges. Getting your life back on track, staying clean, and not falling into old habits or associations are all part of the journey that takes from rehab to a sober, productive life. Consider the following when […]

RECOVERY SUPPORT: The Promises of Addiction

THE PROMISES OF ALCOHOL AND DRUG ADDICTION If we are casual with this phase of our development, we will be drunk before we are halfway through. We are going to know a new imprisonment and a new misery. We will relive the past and won’t be able to shut the door on it. We will […]

RECOVERY SUPPORT: Journaling

What Is Journaling? Journaling is a term coined for the practice of keeping a diary or journal that explores thoughts and feelings surrounding the events of one’s life. Journaling, as a stress management and self-exploration tool, is not the same as simply recording the happenings in one’s life, like keeping a log. To be most […]

RECOVERY SUPPORT: Considering Sponsorship

Considering Sponsorship by Kelly McClanahan Sponsorship is recommended in treatment and 12-step meetings. When it comes to addiction, a sponsor is not a financial supporter, but a mentor, a sounding board or a reminder of priorities for the sponsee. A sponsor guides the working of steps to achieve comfort and productivity, the recovery portion of […]

RECOVERY SUPPORT: Finding Balance

Finding Balance in Recovery by Kelly McClanahan Recovery is a balancing act. Learning to become dependent upon certain things and independent of other things is balance. Learning to be responsible for many things and not so much for others requires balance. Learning when to say “no” and when to say “yes” requires balance. These are […]

RECOVERY SUPPORT: Fun Things to Do in Recovery

Fun Things To Do In Recovery by Bill Urell It has been a while since I posted an article about fun things to do in recovery, so I put my thinking cap on and came up with yet another silly list of how to have fun in recovery. Don’t be shy, leave a comment, and list a […]

RECOVERY SUPPORT: Garbage Messages

Garbage Messages Heard Early In Addiction Recovery by Bill Urell Somtimes when in addiction recovery, we can feel the familiar tug of messages learned early in life. Unfortunately, these may be garbage messages. Usually they were used in childhood to teach us lessons as our parents learned them. This can cause problems if we carry […]

STEP ELEVEN: Carnes

Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. “…Spirituality is simply another level of “knowing” or finding. Often this takes the form of a journey or quest. To undertake such a spiritual […]

STEP SEVEN: Willing & Humble

“When ready, we say something like this: “My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go […]

STEP SEVEN: Humbly asked God to remove shortcomings

How It Works “When ready, we say something like this: “My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows. Grant me strength, […]

STEP SIX: Willingness

“Returning home we find a place where we can be quiet for an hour, carefully reviewing what we have done. We thank God from the bottom of our heart that we know Him better. Taking this book down from our shelf we turn to the page that contains the twelve steps. Carefully reading the first five […]

STEP FIVE: Confession

“Having made our personal inventory, what shall we do about it? We have been trying to get a new attitude, a new relationship with our Creator, and to discover the obstacles in our path.”  (Alcoholics Anonymous, Pg. 72) Now that I had this list of my resentments, fears and harms done to others what was […]

STEP FOUR: More Action

“Next we launched out on a course of vigorous action, the first step of which is a personal housecleaning, which many of us had never attempted. Though our decision is a vital and crucial step, it could have little permanent effect unless at once followed by a strenuous effort to face, and to be rid […]

STEP THREE: The beginning of the program of action

“Selfishness-self-centeredness! That, we think, is the root of our troubles. Driven by a hundred forms of fear, self-delusion, self-seeking, and self-pity, we step on the toes of our fellows and they retaliate. Sometimes they hurt us, seemingly without  provocation, but we invariably find that at some time in the past we have made decisions based on […]

Step Two: The Solution

“Do I now believe, or am I even willing to believe, that there is a Power greater than myself?” (Alcoholics Anonymous, Pg. 47) Once I properly understood the first step of the Program of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) that “lack of power” was my dilemma, the basic text of Alcoholics Anonymous directed me to the solution […]

Step One: Onward towards victory

On page thirty of the AA basic text there is a statement that hit me hard. The book states “We learned that we had to fully concede to our innermost selves that we were alcoholics. This is the first step in recovery”. What does it mean to “concede”? The New Merriam-Webster Dictionary explains that the […]

FEATURE STORY: Living on the Edge…

It started so innocently.  It (gambling) was fun as a teenager.  Win a few dollars – lose a few dollars, who was counting.  At age 20, that thinking changed.  I made and won my first bet with a bookmaker for $25.  At that point, I sent a message to myself: this is my way out.  […]

PERSONAL STORY: So Very Grateful

Hi, I’m Bob, a grateful recovering alcoholic and addict, clean and sober only by God’s grace, the fellowship of A.A. and the people in it. I was attracted to the lifestyle of an alcoholic before I ever picked up my first drink. My father is a recovering alcoholic; he just celebrated 27 years in April. […]

PERSONAL STORY: Learning to Be a Friend

Having been through the 12 steps, I am most grateful for recognizing that my ability to form healthy relationships was severely deficient. Granted this knowledge, I began to ask for help from my fellow [12-step] members and my higher power to be willing to better understand and overcome this debilitating consequence of my disease. I […]

PERSONAL STORY: My OA Recovery

I was not a big eater when I was young. My Grandmother was making Sheppard’s pie. I could not talk so I pointed to the Sheppard’s Pie and she fed me. I went to Overbrook School for the Blind. They would feed 300 or more. So we had a lot of starchy foods. I had […]

PERSONAL STORY: It’s Different This Time

My name is Jodi A. My life was very hard. My childhood was hard. My mom left when I was 2 months old. My father left not long after. So I lived with my grandparents. My grandpop died when I was 5 years old. My grandmom was in her late 50s. So, needless to say, […]

PERSONAL STORY: I Found My Way

Recovery to me means many things-the ability to look myself in the mirror, to be accountable and to be hopeful. Today, I believe in the ability to recover from a hopeless state of mind and body. My addiction took me to the streets. Sleeping on park benches and selling myself, surviving only to use-doing whatever […]

NEWS: Working out can improve chances of staying off drugs

By James Fell Chicago Tribune I like to run.  Apparently, this gets me high. Last year, researchers at the University of Arizona published a study in the Journal of Experimental Biology examining the neurobiological rewards of treadmill running in 10 humans, eight dogs and eight ferrets. No, the researchers were not high when they came […]

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