Childhood trauma can stem from many sources within our homes and in the community, and children can experience it in many forms, including physical or sexual abuse; neglect within the family; or scary events in the community such as school shootings, natural disasters or violence. When a child’s developing brain is under constant stress, the…

“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…

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…

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…

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.

Alcohol is a pervasive part of American society. From social media to social events and every point in between, it seems virtually impossible to find environments that aren’t infiltrated by alcohol references or actual drinking behavior. So where does that leave the 30% of American adults who don’t drink alcohol at all?

Governor Tom Wolf recently vetoed a bill that would have closed state-owned liquor stores and privatized liquor and wine sales in Pennsylvania. Compass Mark, which has worked since 1966 to prevent substance abuse, supports Governor Wolf’s action. We’re sharing the full text of Compass Mark’s position on PA liquor privatization:

“People are not comfortable saying publicly ‘I survived.” At least they’re not when it comes to addiction, according to Amy Sechrist, certified prevention specialist at Compass Mark and member of the Lancaster County Recovery Alliance (LCRA). The LCRA is launching efforts to remove that stigma and transform how our community helps addicted people maintain long-term…

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