LOWER MAKEFIELD – September 23, 2019 − During National Recovery Month, state Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) hosted an Addiction Prevention and Recovery Open House at William Penn Middle School in Yardley.
“Addiction touches every community, and ours is no different,” Sen. Santarsiero said. “But for people who are struggling with addiction, and for family and friends supporting their loved ones, there are so many resources right here in Bucks County that are ready to help. Bringing them all together in one place for this open house really showed how united our community is in facing this addiction epidemic head on.”
Organizations that participated in the event included the Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission, Bucks County Opportunity Council, Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA), Bucks County Department of Housing and Human Services, Bucks County Department of Children and Youth, Bucks County Department of Mental Health, Aldie Counseling Center, Penn Foundation, The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, David’s New Day, Gaudenzia- Lower Bucks, Legal Aid, Family Service Association of Bucks County, Recovery Centers of America, Kolmac Outpatient Recovery Centers, the office of Lt. Governor John Fetterman, United Way- 211, The Source, How to Save a Life, Pyramid Health, Magellan Behavioral Health, Livengrin Foundation, and Nar-Anon.
Diane Rosati, Executive Director of the Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission, was the featured guest speaker at the event.
“September is recovery month nationally and the theme is ‘together we are stronger’,” said Diane Rosati. “This event was a great example of community members, partners, providers, and individuals in recovery coming together to learn from one another about the resources that are available in Bucks County. We want Bucks County residents to know that help is available and that we’re here to help.”
“There’s a better way out there,” said Rick Bradley, Senior Business Development Officer at Recovery Center of America. “From a person myself who’s in long-term recovery, I know how hard it is to make that step and go into treatment. When you actually do it, there’s light at the end of the tunnel.”
“This really is a critical need for all of our communities,” Sen. Santarsiero said, when asked about the importance of hosting an open house on addiction. “It doesn’t matter where you live, it really does have an impact.”
Video highlights of the event can be found here.