A large crowd gathers for Recovery Day Lancaster 2018 in a green park.

During National Recovery Month in September, Compass Mark partnered with community organizations to celebrate stories of recovery and continue to spread awareness for prevention programs. Lancaster Recovery Day Lancaster, held by the Lancaster County Recovery Alliance (LCRA) offered food, fun and activities for people in recovery, their loved ones and allies on September 22, 2018.  This…

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“Fentanyl overdose survivors require little if any hospital treatment.” Study that sentence carefully. It’s the headline of an article describing results of a recently published Canadian study. Further on, the article states, “75 per cent of the fentanyl overdose patients were classified as “low-risk” upon arrival.” Compass Mark recognizes addiction as a medial disease; as…

Working in the helping professions isn’t easy. Doing so during an addiction epidemic is harder still. If hope doesn’t prevail, we cannot continue. Interventions for addiction fall along a continuum- from health promotion and prevention to treatment and finally, long-term support for recovery. We’d like to share hope today, and we find it at every…

In addition to offering prevention programs for at-risk children, teens, and young adults to ensure they don’t go down the path to addiction, we also offer information and referral services to help individuals and families who are coping with active addiction to get the treatment and recovery resources that they desperately need. Here’s how we’re…

Forty-five Pennsylvania Centers of Excellence (COE) will soon be available throughout the state to ensure opioid-addicted people receive the best possible treatment and aftercare in their communities.

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,…

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…

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…

What’s in a word? Quite a bit, especially if you’re a person in recovery from an addiction to alcohol or other drugs. A person labeled as a “junkie” may have a harder time maintaining recovery when they feel like they’ve been publicly branded by their fellow community members. Mental Health America, a nonprofit focused on…

How do you turn stigma into law? PA House Representative Bryan Barbin seems to have hit on the solution with three proposed bills that would redirect money from the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement to what he believes are measures to reduce opioid abuse.

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