Abstinence from addiction is only the beginning. Northampton County residents are encouraged to pursue meaningful lives with purpose at the Bethlehem Recovery Center. We hope that they will find inspiration, encouragement, and support through the examples of our volunteers at the BRC as well as through peers living clean and sober lifestyles. It takes a community to support the recovery process. This Northampton County initiative recognizes and supports the efforts and investment of those personally in recovery as well as those supporting their efforts.
Stop by, mingle, become better informed, be a presence in the recovery community, as a resource, a supporter or a member of the recovery community, make a difference. People can and do deal with their addiction and live in recovery.
When you’re in recovery, it’s a huge benefit to have the support of loved ones. However, during the holidays our loved ones may inadvertently stir up feelings that can contribute to relapse. Coping with these feelings is key for avoiding relapse during the holidays.
The holiday season can be a rough time. A study by the American Psychological Association reported about 50 percent of women in the U.S. experience heightened stress during the holidays. Coping methods for dealing with stress included overeating (41 percent) or drinking alcohol (28 percent). Men who reported eating more to cope with stress rose by 6 percent around the holidays.
As the year closes, people tend to look back on their accomplishments and failures. Old patterns of behavior emerge, and stress and anxiety levels increase. Our ability to cope may decrease due to what we’re feeling, and relapse can result. Identifying destructive emotions and preventing or dealing with them without relapsing is a key skill for surviving the holidays. Read more...
The Bethlehem Recovery Center offers a safe environment to those seeking recovery and/or who are part of the treatment continuum.
Although we are not a treatment facility, we are able to assist those in need, refer members of the center to community resources as needed. We encourage and guide members to pursue meaningful lives with purpose at the BRC.
Our hope is that they will find inspiration, encouragement, support through the examples of our volunteers and staff at the center. It takes effort and a dedicated community to support the recovery process.
The BRC is currently host to a variety of recovery based support meetings. Please check local meeting lists of the different fellowships for days and times of specific meetings.
The BRC is operated by volunteers in recovery and managed by professional staff. We have variety of resources including computers, internet access, telephones, and recovery based reading materials.
We coordinate special social events such as the following:
• Movie Night• Karaoke• Holiday Parties• Cookouts (Seasonal)• Monthly Volunteer Meeting• Educational and Life Skills Workshops• Guest Speakers
We are interested in meeting the needs of the recovering community and always remain open to suggestions and feedback.
College students today often feel overwhelming academic and social pressure. A survey conducted by The JED Foundation, the Jordan Porco Foundation and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids found that half of first-year students said they felt stressed most or all of the time. drugfree.org