Our Programs

The Council on Chemical Abuse provides a number of programs on substance abuse prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery in Berks County.


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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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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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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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Teen Prevention Coalition


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

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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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BCTV & WEEU


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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Marijuana Diversion


The Marijuana Diversion Program is a partner program with Berks County Magisterial District Judges to provide education to those charged with marijuana possession or paraphernalia.

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Free Tobacco Cessation Classes


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

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Blue CARES


Blue CARES is a collaborative program between Berks County Law Enforcement and the Council on Chemical Abuse.

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Berks County Warm Handoff Program


The Warm Handoff Program works to provide treatment intervention to individuals who enter hospitals with substance use disorders.

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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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Youth Engagement Programs


The Council on Chemical Abuse offers several programs that actively engage Berks County youth in prevention causes.

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