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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

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COCA to host Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER online
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It's Red Ribbon Week! Follow Courage on a Mystery Tour
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Learn About Our Programs

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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Virtual Prevention Education

While schools are closed due to COVID-19 and we are unable to provide in-person instruction, we have developed a number of virtual educational resources.

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Red Ribbon Week 2020

Red Ribbon Week 2020 will celebrate drug prevention efforts from Oct. 23-31 with the theme "We All Need Courage," featuring our mascot Courage.

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Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14

The Council on Chemical Abuse prevention team is introducing a new Strengthening Families Program for parents and youth ages 10-14. The first session will begin in Jan. 2021.

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COCA hosts monthly episodes on BCTV and WEEU in order to keep Berks County residents updated on topics related to addiction.

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Free Tobacco Cessation Classes

While in-person classes have been suspended, we are offering live, virtual classes to safely provide the support and resources to help you quit.

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2018/2019 Statistics

13,574Students Educated

1,090Narcan Kits Distributed

1,571People Funded for Treatment

We're Going Virtual Join us for our 2020 Annual Conference

Thursday, November 5 8:30AM - 12:30PM

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Meet Kristin S.

Eleven years ago, I hit rock-bottom. After 20 years of actively using drugs and experiencing all of the judgement that comes with it – low self-esteem, feelings of being ‘less-than’ – my family led me to seek treatment. I cannot express in words how my life has changed for the better since being in recovery. I have a life today.


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Learn About Current Issues

Smoking, Vaping and COVID-19

Experts believe smokers are vulnerable to the most dangerous impacts of COVID-19.

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Our Vaping & JUULing Toolkit

Download the toolkit for fact sheets, local data, tips and resources on vaping.

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Opioid Epidemic in Berks County

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

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