Addiction Education
& Recovery Support for Berks County, PA

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Educating and assisting in addiction recovery

The Council on Chemical Abuse, also known as COCA, is a non-profit agency that provides addiction resources, prevention education and recovery support for Berks County, PA

Save the Date! 2022 COCA Annual Conference

Wednesday, Nov. 2 at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 701 Penn St., Reading, PA

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What's Happening

Events

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In The News

National Night Out
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Featured Blog Post

September is National Recovery Month
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Learn About Our Programs

Free Tobacco Cessation Classes


Our FREE classes offer support, guidance and free nicotine replacement therapy to help people quit tobacco.

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Overdose Education & Narcan® Distribution


Narcan® is the brand name for the drug naloxone, a lifesaving medication that can reverse an overdose caused by opioids.

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COCA’s Summer Journey to Support


For summer 2022, COCA's Prevention Staff are set to take youth on a journey to learn critical coping skills to avoid substance use.

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Medication Safety


Proper storage and disposal of medications prevents accidental and intentional misuse and helps protect the environment.

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Teen Prevention Coalition


Teens learn about substance use prevention, develop leadership skills, and make a difference in the community.

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Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14


Our Strengthening Families Program for parents and youth ages 10-14 helps families build stronger bonds through fun activities over seven weeks.

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Stories of RecoveryMichael's Story

“When we cannot separate the description of the disorder from the person...then you have stigma. ” – Michael

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Our Awareness Campaigns

Recovery Month


A month-long campaign in September to highlight the achievements of individuals who have reclaimed their lives in long-term recovery, and honor the service providers who make recovery possible.

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Red Ribbon Week


An annual campaign during the last week in October, during which students wear red ribbons to illustrate their dedication to living drug-free.

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Great American Smoke Out


Every year, on the 3rd Thursday in November, Americans are urged to stop using tobacco or to support and encourage a friend or loved one to stop smoking.

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2020/2021 Statistics

105,804Prevention Info Distributed

1,666Narcan Kits Distributed

734People Funded for Treatment

Learn About Current Issues

Substance Use and Older Adults


Older adults often confront physical and social changes that can increase their vulnerability to substance misuse.

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“Parents Who Host” – For Parents


Serving alcohol to teens is unhealthy, unsafe and unacceptable.

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News: Opioid Settlement Plan


Find out how COCA will allocate Berks County funds received from the nationwide opioid settlement.

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