PRO-ACT Family Addiction Education Program serves Bucks residents

Next session runs March 6th, 13th and 20th at locations serving Central/Upper and Lower Bucks County

When someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol, the disease affects the entire family. Each month PRO-ACT (Pennsylvania Recovery Organization–Achieving Community Together) hosts a Family Addiction Education Program to help individuals and family recognize and address an addiction problem in a spouse, parent, child or other loved one. Facilitated by trained volunteers who have been in the same situation, these information and support programs begin on the first Thursday of each month and run for three consecutive Thursday evenings, from 7:00 to 9:00pm.

Sessions are offered at the Southern Bucks Recovery Community Center in Bristol and at the Community Partners Center for Health and Human Services in Colmar. Sessions are free and confidential – first names only.

Pre-registration is required. Call 1-800-221-6333 weekdays, 9:00am through 5:00pm or visit http://councilsepa.org/programs/pro-act/family-education-program/.

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“Tree Of Hope” dedication ceremony set for December 18th

The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc., and PRO-ACT (Pennsylvania Recovery Organization–Achieving Community Together) invite the community to help decorate the annual Tree of Hope, which will stand in the first-floor lobby of the Bucks County Courthouse throughout the holiday season.

“Holidays can be difficult for individuals and families affected by addiction to alcohol or other drugs. The solemnity and celebration of this event is intended to encourage those who are impacted by this terrible disease,” said Bev Haberle, executive director of The Council. “It also raises community awareness about the tremendous need for services and the miracle of recovery.”

The Tree of Hope celebrates freedom from addiction, honoring persons who are successfully achieving recovery. It dedicates rays of hope to those still struggling with addiction and to those working in the field, and it commemorates lives lost to this tragic and misunderstood disease. The tree is decorated with personalized ornaments bearing the names or initials of people who have directly or indirectly experienced addiction to drugs or alcohol, the tree represents hope for recovery.

“Every year, this event has grown. Last year, 330 donated ornaments sparkled on the tree,” said Bev. “With this event, people come together in recognition that recovery benefits the entire community.”

This year, the dedication ceremony is set for Wednesday, December 18th, at 6:30pm at the courthouse, 55 Court Street in Doylestown. During the ceremony, The Council will bestow the Tom Nelson Volunteer of the Year Award and name a special Ambassador for Recovery. The program will also include music by the a cappella group Cordus Mundi, personal testimonials and light refreshments.

Ornaments can be purchased in advance online or by mail. To purchase online, visit www.councilsepa.org and follow the Tree of Hope link on the home page. Ornaments start at $10, and purchases are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. To purchase an ornament by mail, send a donation and dedication to Tree of Hope, 252 Swamp Road, Suite 12, Doylestown, PA 18901. For information, call Noni West at 215-345-6644.

Some ornaments will also be available for purchase the evening of the dedication. Proceeds benefit PRO-ACT’s recovery support services for individuals and families and to programs in PRO-ACT’s Recovery Community Centers, which help people access or sustain long-term recovery.

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PRO-ACT Family Education Program helps families address drug and alcohol addiction

When someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol, the disease affects the entire family. PRO-ACT’s Family Education Program provides much-needed information and support.

This free monthly program helps individuals and families recognize and address an addiction problem in a spouse, parent, child or other loved one. Led by trained volunteers who have been in the same situation, sessions begin the first week of each month and run one evening a week for three consecutive weeks, addressing such topics as understanding addiction, impact on the family and developing a support network.

Programs are offered at several locations throughout the five-county southeast Pennsylvania region. Sessions are free and confidential – first names only.

Pre-registration is required. For dates and locations, call 800-221-6333, weekdays 9:00am through 5:00pm.

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PRO-ACT Family Education Program helps families address drug and alcohol addiction

When someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol, the disease affects the entire family. PRO-ACT’s Family Education Program provides much-needed information and support.

This free monthly program helps individuals and families recognize and address an addiction problem in a spouse, parent, child or other loved one. Led by trained volunteers who have been in the same situation, sessions begin the first week of each month and run one evening a week for three consecutive weeks, addressing such topics as understanding addiction, impact on the family and developing a support network.

Programs are offered at several locations throughout the five-county southeast Pennsylvania region. Sessions are free and confidential – first names only. Pre-registration is required.

For dates and locations, call 800-221-6333, weekdays 9:00am through 5:00pm or find PRO-ACT Family Education Program on Facebook.

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PRO-ACT Family Addiction Education Program serves Bucks residents

Each month PRO-ACT (Pennsylvania Recovery Organization–Achieving Community Together) hosts a Family Addiction Education Program to help individuals and family recognize and address an addiction problem in a spouse, parent, child or other loved one.

Facilitated by trained volunteers who have been in the same situation, these information and support programs begin on the first Thursday of each month and run for three consecutive Thursday evenings, from 7:00 to 9:00pm.

Sessions are offered at the Southern Bucks Recovery Community Center in Bristol and the North Penn Community Health Foundation in Colmar.

Sessions are free and confidential – first names only.

Pre-registration is required. Call 800-221-6333 weekdays 9:00am through 5:00pm, or visit www.proact.org and click the Family Education Program link.

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PRO-ACT names Alfred Pelham 2012 ‘Volunteer of the Year’

 

A crowd of several hundred people packed the Bucks County Courthouse when The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc., and PRO-ACT (Pennsylvania Recovery Organization–Achieving Community Together) dedicated the annual Tree of Hope on Wednesday, December 12th.

Among the highlights of the evening was the presentation of the Tom Nelson Volunteer of the Year Award recognizing an outstanding PRO-ACT volunteer.

This year Allen McQuarrie, chairman of the Bucks County PRO-ACT chapter, presented the award to Alfred Pelham, Ph.D., of Doylestown, in honor of his pioneering efforts behind PRO-ACT’s Gateway to Work for Veterans program. 

Alfred, a former Fortune 500 sales and marketing executive and currently professor of Management and Marketing at The College of New Jersey, served in Viet Nam as an Army Ranger lieutenant.  A PRO-ACT volunteer since 2010, he has recruited others with similar military background and civilian successes to mentor other veterans.

The Gateway to Work for Veterans program helps servicemen and women navigation the transition from military to civilian employment and careers.  The program is designed to complement other efforts to help veterans cope with post-traumatic stress syndrome and traumatic brain injury, both of which can lead to self-medication and/or addiction.

PHOTO CAP: Alfred Pelham (left) receives “Volunteer of the Year” award from PRO-ACT’s Allen McQuarrie.

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