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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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!

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 […]

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 […]

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.  […]

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 […]

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.  […]

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 […]


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 […]

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.

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 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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]