Teens: Substance Use Prevention Lancaster PA

Social & Emotional Learning Prevention Programs: Long-Term Benefits

What type of youth substance abuse prevention is most effective? At Compass Mark, our mission is to find evidence-based prevention programs and put them to work in Lancaster and Lebanon. Many of our youth programs are based on social and emotional learning (SEL), a term that defines acquiring the skills that help children make healthier, more responsible decisions. Some of the competencies that make up SEL include:

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Extra Give Lancaster Prevent Addiction

Kids Benefit When You Give Extra to Prevent Addiction!

Once again, the Lancaster Community will come together to support the Extraordinary Give. Every dollar donated during the Friday, November 18th event will be stretched by funds from the Lancaster County Community Foundation and other sponsors.

You have many organizations to choose from when it’s time to donate during Extra Give. We’re asking you to invest in our community’s children and teens.

44% of Lancaster County youth in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 admit that they don’t perceive substance use or gambling as risky.

Compass Mark, which has been part of your community for 50 years, will put your Extra Give contribution to work to change that statistic! Our team uses evidence-based programs to teach life skills Lancaster County children and teens can immediately use to lower their risk for addiction and related problems, including homelessness, abuse, and incarceration.

Make your Extra Give donation to Compass Mark on Friday, November 18th.

For more information about how Compass Mark is leading our community’s efforts to prevent addiction, visit our addiction prevention blog or Facebook page. Thank you for your support!


Kids Playing: Drug Abuse Prevention Lancaster PA

Substance Use Prevention Tips: A Guide for Lancaster, PA Parents, Caregivers

Our mission at Compass Mark is to help families in Lancaster, PA find the tools they need to reduce the risk of substance use in kids. Many of our youth programs are based on a concept known as Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). The term sounds fairly academic, but the idea is actually simple: help kids learn the knowledge and life skills they need to manage their emotions and make healthy decisions.

As a parent or caregiver, you can put the SEL concept to work in your home to reduce the risk a child you love will use alcohol or other drugs. Here’s how: Continue reading

Women Alcohol Trend: Treatment Lancaster PA

Women Drinking Almost as Much as Men [Research]

Women are now drinking almost as much alcohol as men, shifting a consumption trend that has persisted for at least a century, according to a new study.

Historically, men have been up to twice as likely to drink as women. What’s more, men have been more than three times as likely to experience alcohol-related problems, including liver disease, digestive problems, and heart disease.

However, the new findings suggest that women now drink virtually as much as men. Continue reading

Drug Abuse Prevention PA Best Practices

What’s the Most Effective Substance Abuse Prevention?

When it comes to preventing youth substance abuse, once-and-done assemblies or three-word phrases (Just say no!) simply don’t work. Rather, substance abuse prevention requires a more thorough approach. Learn about the risk factors that can lead to the use of alcohol and other drugs, and how protective factors can give kids the foundation they need to make healthier decisions. Continue reading

Addiction Recovery Walk Lancaster 2016

Lancaster Celebrates Addiction Recovery Day- Recap

The Lancaster, PA community gathered to celebrate addiction recovery during the annual Recovery Walk and Rally at Clipper Magazine Stadium on August 28, 2016.

The event featured main speaker Tim Stoddard, founder of SoberNation,  a nationwide resource center and online community for those in recovery. Other attendees shared their stories of addiction and recovery as well. Recovery Day also included a picnic, music, yoga, and other activities. Continue reading

Doc Gooden Recovery Walk Lancaster Cylo

Celebrate Addiction Recovery at Recovery Day on Sun. Aug. 28th

The Lancaster County Recovery Alliance (LCRA) Annual Recovery Walk and Rally will be held Sunday, August 28th at Clipper Magazine Stadium. The event has been coined as a celebration of people in recovery.

Hear inspirational stories from people in addiction recovery, do yoga, create something at our sign-making station, listen to music, and more!

The rally starts at 9:30 a.m. Sunday in the front parking lot of the stadium, with Tim Stoddart, founder of Sober Nation, as featured speaker. Sober Nation is a national resource center and online community for people in recovery.

The Walk for Recovery, which starts and finishes at Clipper Magazine Stadium, is 1.8 miles long. It begins about noon, and the path winds around the Franklin & Marshall College area.

If you’d like to stay for the Lancaster Barnstormers game, special Recovery Day tickets with all-you-can-eat Hess’s BBQ are ON SALE NOW! Contact Amy Sechrist at asechrist@compassmark.org.Tickets must be purchased in advance–Recovery Day tickets will not be available the day of the event.

Last year’s event, which featured baseball superstar Dwight “Doc” Gooden (pictured above with Cylo from the Lancaster Barnstormers), was a day marked by community, empowerment, and pride. Read highlights of Recovery Day 2015.

The LCRA’s mission is to promote addiction recovery, awareness, and community outreach in Lancaster County. The group is also dedicated to eliminating the stigma of addiction–a stigma that makes it harder for recovering people to become engaged community members. The LCRA is powered by community members, including people in recovery from addiction, friends and family members, service providers, legal/law enforcement, church/faith-based groups, corrections professionals, the business community, and other allies.