Upcoming Events

JUNE COCA CalendarMarch 2019 Events

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month!

EVENT: Gaming & Gambling – The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Kutztown University, Boehm Science Ctr., Rm 145
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. DoubleTree Hotel, 701 Penn St., Reading
Presenter: Daniel Trolaro
Cost: Free

The Council on Chemical Abuse (COCA) is hosting two community presentations about problem gambling and the resources available in the Berks County community. Both events are free and open to the public. CLICK HERE for more details.

April Events

TRAINING: Addictions 101
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
McGlinn Conference Center at Alvernia University
460 Bernardine St., Reading PA 19607
Trainer: Marilyn Stein
Fee: $20.00

This is an introductory course that addresses the theory of addiction, the effects of drugs and alcohol on the brain, and pharmacology. CLICK HERE for more details and to register.

LUNCH & LEARN: Pain Management Alternatives
Friday, April 5, 2019
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
YMCA, 2nd Floor Conference Room
631 Washington St., Reading, PA 19601
Trainer: Akintomi Olugbodu, M.D.
Lunch at 11:30; presentation at noon
Lunch is provided (pizza), cost is free

Visit our Lunch & Learn page here to view other upcoming Lunch & Learns.

Join us for lunch as we learn some of the common causes of chronic pain and compassionate treatment alternatives to opioids.  CLICK HERE for more details and to register.

EVENT: Esperanza para Berks
Saturday, April 27, 2019
10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Centro Hispano
501 Washington St, Reading, PA 19601

This event is completely in Spanish. Do you have questions about addiction, or drugs and alcohol? A Narcan training will be provided. CLICK HERE for more details and to register to receive a FREE Narcan kit.

May Events

EVENT: A Woman’s Journey to Recovery

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Calvary United Church of Christ Community Room
840 Centre Ave., Reading, PA
Cost: Free

Join us for a day of growth as we explore women’s pathways to recovery.  CLICK HERE for more details and to register.

TRAINING: Basic HIV
Friday, May 24, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
McGlinn Conference Center at Alvernia University
460 Bernardine Street, Reading, PA 19607
Trainer: Elizabeth Jackson
Cost: $20

This course will outline the connections between substance use disorders and HIV disease. CLICK HERE for more details and to register.

Summer Events

Certified Recovery Specialist Training
(10-week session)

The training is a 10-week program that will take place on Saturdays from June through August at the end of which participants will be required to take an exam. Those who complete all ten courses and pass the exam will receive a certification that will make them eligible for employment as a Certified Recovery Specialist. CLICK HERE for more details or to register for a future CRS Training.

SAVE THE DATE – more details coming soon!

April 27, 2019 – Prescription Take Back Day!

May 29, 2019 – Awareness Night at the Reading Fightin’ Phils.

Would you like the Council on Chemical Abuse to be at your upcoming community event or health fair? Contact us! (610) 376-8669 


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