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A safe environment to learn about addiction

Addiction Awareness InitiativeDoylestown Presbyterian Church (DPC) partners with Thompson Memorial Presbyterian Church (TMPC), Deep Run Presbyterian, and The Council of Southeast PA to aggressively address the growing problem of drug and alcohol addiction in our community. The “Family Education Program” course was developed by PRO-ACT, the Council’s advocacy arm. Deep Run has been presenting this program for a few years.The mission of the churches is to provide a safe environment for families and individuals to learn about addiction, how to deal with it through presentation of the “Family Education Program” and create a community of grace. For more information, visit the website here.

When someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol, the disease affects the entire family.They need information and support and the Family Education Program is a place for them to turn.The program helps individuals and families recognize and address addiction problems in a spouse, parent, child or a loved one. Facilitated by trained volunteers who have been on the same journey, this information and education-support program gives the participants the tools they need to address addiction in the family constructively, and begin their own process of healing and recovery.The program includes 3 two-hour sessions spread over three weeks and includes the topics shown below, including ample time for discussion.

For the full year schedule of programs at DPC and TMPC, CLICK HERE and go to the tab for Programs and Trainings and select Family Education Program. You can register online by clicking on the date you would like to attend.

Anyone interested in learning more about this initiative or to volunteer to be facilitator / committee member, please contact Jim Comber This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Pastor Keith This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 215-348-3531.


- Week I: Understanding Addiction

  • Addiction Defined
  • Characteristics of people at risk for alcohol and drug addiction
  • Common myths about alcohol and drug use
  • Dopamine's effect on the brain
  • The brain does recover
  • Recovery defined
  • Many pathways to recovery

- Week 2: Understanding the Impact on the Family

  • Family Recovery management
  • Enabling and why we do it
  • Enabling questionnaire
  • Changing behavior
  • Changing fmaily scripts behavioral exercise
  • Responsible for myself
  • Letting go
  • The 12 rewards of family recovery

- Week 3: Developing Your Next Steps

  • Changing behavior recap
  • Empowering a loved one to seek recovery
  • Intervention
  • Basis for effective recovery 
  • Continuum of care
  • Health coverage:  Act 106 and Parity
  • Safety planning
  • Support networks
  • Suggest books and other media

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