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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


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In The News

September is Recovery Month
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Featured Blog Post

We're getting ready for Red Ribbon Week in October
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Save the Date! COCA's 2023 Annual Conference

Monday, Nov. 6 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Reading

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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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Medication Safety

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

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Awareness Campaigns

The Council on Chemical Abuse participates in more than a dozen local, state and national campaigns that raise awareness about substance use prevention, treatment and recovery.

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COCA hosts monthly episodes on BCTV and WEEU on topics related to prevention, recovery and treatment of addiction.

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RISE Center

The RISE Center (Recovery – Information – Support – Education) is a facility in Reading hosting meeting and events to support individuals and families in recovery from addiction.

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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

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Every September, the FASD Awareness Campaign draws attention to the risks associated with drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

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Be a Berks County HERO

The HERO Campaign is dedicated to preventing drunk driving deaths and injuries by promoting the use of designated drivers.

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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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2022/2023 Statistics

16,755Prevention Info Distributed

2,703Narcan Kits Distributed

909Warm Hand Off Interventions

Learn About Current Issues

Marijuana & Pregnancy – A Toolkit for Medical Professionals

Using marijuana during pregnancy may put the health of the mother and fetus at risk

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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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