The Presbyterian Church of Deep Run is collaborating with The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania to aggressively address the growing problem of addiction to drugs and alcohol in Upper Bucks County. The program’s namesake, Anna Straw, died of a heroin overdose in November, 2012. She was nineteen.
Anna’s parents, Jane and Steven, together with The Mission Committee at the church, are working to make the Council’s Family Education Program, an orientation to addiction and how to deal with it, the beginning of a comprehensive, ongoing effort. The Mission Committee at The Presbyterian Church of Deep Run is actively working with The Council/Pro-Act to let the Upper Bucks County community know about The Family Education Program as well as a Parent Support Group, held the first and third Wednesday evening monthly.
The course, developed in 2001 by PRO-ACT, the Council’s advocacy arm, is for ANYONE who thinks they have a loved one who abuses drugs or alcohol. It extends over the first three Monday nights monthly from 7 to 9 pm, in the historic one room school house on the campus of The Presbyterian Church of Deep Run, 16 Irish Meetinghouse Road, Perkasie (Bedminster Township) PA.
The classes run as follows…
1st Monday: Understanding the Disease
2nd Monday: Understanding the Impact on the Family
3rd Monday: Developing the Next Steps & Naloxone
The program is being provided free of charge, but contributions are welcome.
Interested parties are encouraged to call the Advocacy Line at the Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, at 1-800-221-6333 for additional information, and to register.
The Presbyterian Church of Deep Run, located in Bedminster Township, PA, was founded in 1732. The Anna Straw Initiative is provided through the church’s Mission Committee as part of its ongoing effort to apply Christian principles within the community in as many practical ways as possible.
The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc., based in Doylestown, PA, is an affiliate of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD). It is a private non-profit organization serving Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties. For over forty years, the Council has provided a wide range of prevention, intervention and addiction recovery solutions to families, schools, businesses, individuals and the community at large.