Recovery Works!
The mission of Chester County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services is to ensure that quality alcohol and other drug intervention and treatment, as well as alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention programs are provided for citizens in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
Chester County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services Recognizes:
The PA Department of Health's
“Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now” Campaign

On Thursday, December 13 th , Chester County’s Health Department and Department of Drug & Alcohol Services are hosting a free Naloxone Day, with doses of the medication being given away to anyone who cannot or does not wish to obtain it from a pharmacy. The event is part of the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s “Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now” campaign and the goal is to increase awareness of, and access to the lifesaving medication, especially for those who feel they can benefit from having a dose of naloxone on hand, who may have a substance use disorder, or those who may encounter someone in crisis.
Naloxone, also known by the brand names Narcan® or Evzio, is a medication which reverses opioid (prescription painkillers, fentanyl, and heroin) overdoses and gives the person a chance at recovery. When given during an opioid overdose, naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and restores breathing within minutes.

Managing Recovery During the Holidays
The holidays are a very joyful time of year with friends and loved ones. However, the holidays can also be a very stressful time too. Safeguard your recovery this holiday season by engaging with your local recovery community , taking time for yourself, and checking out Hazelden Betty Ford Foundations' 6 Tips to Get through the Holidays in Recovery.

Also, during the holiday season, be sure to continue regular attendance, or even double up on 12 Step Meetings!

Community News, Events, and Trainings

December, 2018

December, 2018

Thursday, December 13, 2018
Chester County Government Services Center
601 Westtown Road, West Chester, PA 19380
Chester County Public Safety Training Campus
137 Modena Road, Coatesville, PA 19320

hosted by PRO-ACT
Tuesday & Friday through 12/15/2018
16 Mystic Lane, Malvern, PA

The group is held first the Tuesday of every month.
2019 Dates: 1/8, 2/5, 4/2, 5/7
23 S. 5th Ave., Coatesville, Pa 19320

Coordinated by the Adolescent Awareness Foundation and The Jonathan Moules Memorial Steps4Hope Foundation, For Jonathan's Sake is a therapeutic grief support group for parents who have lost a child to the disease of addiction.
The 2019 group meets on Tuesdays March 26th-May 14th.
335 St. Johns Circle, Phoenixville, Pa 19460

A live, online sibling support group which is professionally facilitated to help
surviving siblings navigate sibling loss.
The group meets the second Tuesday each month.

Computer science and STEM work opportunities available through PASmart Grants.

The 501(c)3 organization is dedicated to Kacie Erin Rumford, her memory, her love of all of us and her desire to change this world to be a better place to live … from her family and friends who love her.

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Code Blue Season
We are in Code Blue season! A "Code Blue" day or night is issued when:
Temperatures dip below 35 ° F or below, considering wind chill factor, and people are at risk for hypothermia, frost bite, or other cold related injuries if forced to
sleep outside.

Please click on the picture to the right to access an updated info sheet of local warming centers, locations for free hot meals, and emergency contact information.
Chester County
Color 5K Success!
On Saturday, November 10th over 1,000 people came out for the third annual Chester County Color 5k - a family-friendly, timed 5k to raise awareness and funds to help combat the opioid and heroin epidemic in Chester County.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's)
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's) are common and can cross all socioeconomic, racial and ethnic boundaries. The majority of those who have an adverse childhood experience have had more than one. In fact, the more ACE's a person experiences, the higher their risk for developing health conditions throughout their lifetime. An Iowa study highlights this increased risk in easy-to-understand graphics. For Information on Chester County ACEs Coalition, click here.
Family Member
Resource Guide
 Finding support for substance use and related issues can be challenging. This Resource Guide, developed by the Chester County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services’ Advisory Council, was created to guide you in connecting to the services needed. Compiled with the assistance of individuals and family members who have lived experience as well as representatives from recovery and treatment organizations, the guide includes resources for every step of the treatment and recovery journey. Our hope is that it will help you, your loved one and your family, find support healing and the rewards of sustained recovery for each person and family member impacted.
Know Someone Who Needs
Help with Addiction?
Addiction affects families, friends, employers, and everyone around the individual but it can be treated and people can live a life of recovery. If you or someone you know needs help in dealing with their addiction there is hope, please call Pennsylvania addictions hotline at 1 – 800 – 662 – 4357 (HELP) or for more information go online .
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Community Resource Materials
Chester County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services created community resource
materials which are available below for download and dissemination.

Wishing you and your loved ones a safe, healthy and happy Holiday Season!

From Chester County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services