C.A.R.E.S. is a community-based, proactive, drug & alcohol awareness group in Wayne County, PA. Our group consists of people in recovery from substance use, family members and loved ones of those in recovery or still in active addiction, as well as, community-minded individuals such as teachers, clergy, business owners, and other professionals, who believe that there is a solution to our problems and that there is HOPE for recovery.
Although our group is not affiliated with 12-step fellowships, we do believe that these groups are strong pathways to recovery, and we respect the principles and traditions of these wonderful fellowships.
We believe that alcoholism and drug addiction is a primary, chronic, progressive disease that needs treatment, and that recovery from addiction to all substances is possible. Our purpose is to advocate through awareness, information, education, and to provide sober activities to our members and the greater community. We support individuals, families, and loved ones by sharing our stories of recovery and hope with one another.
As a group, we understand that there are stigmas and stereotypes attached to those with this disease and in order to change that perception, we need to change our actions, our behaviors, and our attitudes and strive to be respectful productive members of society and of our community. We do this by agreeing to follow an unwritten “code” of ethical behaviors and virtues, such as honesty, peace, love, patience, kindness, generosity, gentleness, self-control, and service, in all aspects of our lives; and a willingness to live by that example from this day forward.
We believe that all meaningful and lasting change starts on the inside and works its way out. We shall not over-estimate our power to change others, or the way others look at us, because we can’t. But we must never under-estimate our power to change ourselves, because we can.
Despair is the prison that many of us are all too familiar with; Hope is a state of mind that sets us free from that prison and the key that unlocks the door to a better tomorrow. When we lose hope, we lose everything. We must always remember that when we think all is lost, there is always hope.