Historically, addiction recovery treatment plans for people with substance use disorders have not targeted fitness and nutrition. Upon hearing details about a New Jersey Healthy Communities Network grant, Becky Carlson, Executive Director of the Center for Prevention and Counseling (CFPC), thought it would absolutely benefit people attempting recovery. With physical activity, proper nutrition and hydration shown to improve the chances of recovery and aid in the healing process, a grant was applied for to implement these into services at CFPC. In 2016, CFPC was one of 43 organizations to be awarded a grant from the New Jersey Healthy Communities Network. The many partners of this network envision healthy communities where routine physical activity and healthy eating are accessible, easy, fun and affordable for everyone where they live, learn, work and play.


Since the establishment of First Hope Bank in 1911, its leadership team has been invested in the community and supporting of local organizations. The Center for Prevention and Counseling sincerely thanks First Hope Bank, along with Eastern Propane, Ames Corporation and Thorlabs for making financial contributions to bolster CFPC’s efforts of providing a comprehensive treatment experience for clients pursuing recovery. Thanks to this grant and the kind donations from these partners, CFPC has incorporated client-driven goals specific to the improvement of physical activity and implementation of nutrition into treatment planning.  Strengthening care, treating the person as a whole and assisting people to learn and apply improved habits for a heathier way of life builds a healthier community, one person at a time.  For more information about recovery supports in Sussex County, please contact Katie at The Center for Prevention and Counseling at(973)383-4787 Ext. 222 or email katie@centerforprevention.org.