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Doylestown Presbyterian Church
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    and a beacon of His love.”

Addiction Awareness InitiativeDoylestown Presbyterian Church (DPC) is partnering with Thompson Memorial Presbyterian Church (TMPC), Deep Run Presbyterian, and The Council of Southeast PA to aggressively address the growing problem of addiction to drugs and alcohol in our community.  In November, DPC and TMPC began the “Family Education Program” course developed by PRO-ACT, the Council’s advocacy arm. Deep Run has been presenting this program for the last two years. The mission of the churches is to provide a safe environment for families and individuals to learn about addiction and 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.

Family Education Program Schedule: 

All programs are 7 to 9 p.m.  To register for one of the program dates below, call 1-800-221-6333 or register online

     Doylestown Presbyterian Church: August 3,10,17

     Thompson Memorial PC: Wednesdays: September 6, 13, 20

For the full year schedule of programs at DPC and TMPC, 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.

Family Education Program: 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 following topics, including ample time for discussion.

- 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

Committees were formed at DPC/TMPC and planning is underway to launch the program in November at TMPC then alternating between DPC/TMPC each month. 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).

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