The Council on Chemical Abuse held its first hybrid conference on Nov. 4, 2021.
COCA celebrates Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 23-31 by providing red ribbons and educational programs free to Berks County schools.
The Great American Smoke Out challenges Americans to quit tobacco on the 3rd Thursday of November.
No amount of alcohol is safe to drink during pregnancy. Check out our fun, fall mocktail recipes.
The District Attorney has issued a public health alert in response to over 100 reported overdoses that required medical attention during the weekend of Sept. 11 in Berks.
Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) Secretary Jen Smith recently visited Reading Hospital – Tower Health to highlight the success of the Warm Handoff program.
The Council on Chemical Abuse has introduced a new Stigma Reduction Toolkit for Berks County Media and Communications Professionals.
On August 4, Governor Tom Wolf signed his 15th renewal of PA’s Opioid Disaster Declaration
Read Courage the Lion’s Prevention Adventure Stories authored by our prevention staff, with important lessons for children ages 5-12.
The Council on Chemical Abuse is promoting the use of designated drivers by bringing the John R. Elliott HERO Campaign to Berks County.
Watch our Prevention Week videos to meet our prevention specialists and learn what they do.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s press conference at the Berks RISE Center in April, highlighting the state’s Law Enforcement Treatment Initiative program.
During April, COCA recognizes Alcohol Awareness Month by working to spread awareness of the dangers of unhealthy alcohol consumption, including underage drinking.
Congratulations to the winners of our 2021 Problem Gambling Awareness Poster Contest inspired by the theme “The House Always Wins.”
A list of free apps to help you stay connected to a recovery support community and meet your own recovery goals.
After many years at our former location, we are pleased to announce that the COCA offices have moved to a new Reading location.
A BCTV episode about efforts to reduce drug overdoses county-wide.
Throughout the pandemic, COCA sustained prevention efforts through online offerings.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most dangerous time of the year for substance use and alcohol-related deaths is around the holiday months.
In December 2020, Berks County officials reported an uptick in overdose deaths.
The Council on Chemical Abuse helps raise awareness about the dangers of buying lottery tickets for children.
The Council on Chemical Abuse is introducing a new Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14. The first cohort is set to begin in February.
Over 200 professionals participated online in the 20th Annual COCA Conference in 2020.
In honor of Red Ribbon Week, our mascot Courage took a Mystery Tour of Berks County schools! From October 25 – 29 he visited 20 schools after hours. We caught him on video having some fun!
The Great American Smoke Out challenges Americans to quit tobacco.
Three virtual lessons that teach elementary, high school and middle school students about feelings and having courage.
In an October 2020 Reading Eagle article, local experts voiced concerns about the impact of the pandemic on abuse and addiction.
Statewide effort seeks to end the stigma surrounding opioid use disorder.
10 Facts about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
A series of 10-minute videos to guide parents in teaching their children valuable prevention lessons.
In July 2020, our prevention specialists handed out an estimated 5,000 booklets with prevention info and activities to libraries, summer camps, and other summer programs!
The Council on Chemical Abuse is currently offering Berks County families FREE medication lock boxes and medication disposal bags. Offer valid while supplies last.
Our brand new COCA Creative Activities for Meaningful Prevention (CAMP) Challenge will provide weekly activities for families through July 27.
The center has provided withdrawal management services to the Berks community for many years and is one of a number of Tower Health closures due to revenue losses.
This workshop for youth and adolescents explores potential issues that exist in the world of online gambling and video gaming.
View the winning entries in our 2020 poster contest on Online Gaming: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
Watch a video of the SOS Berks Opioid Crisis Update, recorded on May 13. Learn about ongoing opioid treatment and recovery services in Berks County during COVID-19.
Experts believe smokers are vulnerable to the most dangerous impacts of COVID-19.
The coronavirus has led to an upheaval in society that has impacted the way people are consuming alcohol.
Treatment for substance use is still available from Berks County providers.
Individuals struggling with a gambling disorder may be more vulnerable during the pandemic.
Get links to local support groups that are meeting online during COVID-19.
Find resources for addressing the social and emotional needs of families and educators.