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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

What's Happening

Trainings & Events

Join us for trainings & community events
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In The News

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Featured Blog Post

COCA Fighting Berks Co. Opioid Epidemic
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Learn About Our Programs

Certified Recovery Specialist Training

The Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) credential qualifies drug and alcohol peers who are in recovery to help others move into and through the recovery process.

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RISE Center

The RISE Center (Recovery – Information – Support – Education) is a new facility in Reading, PA.

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Marijuana Diversion

The Marijuana Diversion Program allows Berks County residents who have been charged with possession.

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Free Tobacco Cessation Classes

Register for one of COCA's free 8-week classes to gain the tools you need to be tobacco-free!

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FREE Narcan® Kit

Naloxone is a medication that can reverse an overdose that is caused by an opioid drug (i.e. prescription pain medication or heroin).

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The UDecide Program (UDP), formerly known as the Underage Drinking Program, is an educational program for young adults.

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2018/2019 Statistics

13,574Students Educated

1,090Narcan Kits Distributed

1,571People Funded for Treatment

Meet Pat M.

After my brother passed away, my family experienced judgment and slander, and we learned that society as a whole looks down on people with substance use disorders. Those suffering from addiction need to understand that they are the majority, not the minority, that addiction does not discriminate, and WE are here for you.

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Learn About Current Issues

Opioid Epidemic in Berks County

Pennsylvania continues to be one of the hardest-hit states by the opioid epidemic.

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Teens and Online Gaming

Did you know that online gaming can lead to gambling?

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E-cigarettes & Vaping

Vaping and JUULing have reached epidemic levels among young people who often think e-cigarettes are safer to use than traditional cigarettes.

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