September is National Recovery Month – Here are some resources you may not have seen!

October 19, 2021



September marks National Recovery Month! CORA’s incredibly dedicated adult Certified Recovery Specialist, Francis Pannulla, hand-picked a list of 3 alternative recovery programs to the widely known AA/NA groups, in order to raise awareness of alternatives for those who may be seeking them. These could be very beneficial for those seeking other places to turn for further support in their Recovery.


Refuge Recovery – A Buddhist Recovery Path
Refuge is a safe place, a place of protection—a place that we go to in times of need, a shelter. We are always taking refuge in something. Drugs, alcohol, food, sex, money, or relationships with people have been a refuge for many of us.



Celebrate Recovery – A Christian Recovery Path
Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered, 12 step recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, pain or addiction of any kind. Celebrate Recovery is a safe place to find community and freedom from the issues that are controlling our life.


Smart Recovery – a Science-Based Psychological Approach to Recovery
Self-Help Addiction Recovery Program | Addiction Support Groups (
Self-Management And Recovery Training (SMART) is a global community of mutual-support groups. At meetings, participants help one another resolve problems with any addiction (to drugs or alcohol or to activities such as gambling or over-eating).


September 20th is National Addictions Professionals Day, and we thought we’d spotlight CORA’s incredible staff!


Francis Pannulla, CRS 

Certified Recovery Specialist and person in long-term recovery from opiates for over 6 years. Working with the Adult Population of Fox Chase and the surrounding areas of Philadelphia to achieve a greater quality of life through their own personal recovery.  He is VERY humble! Francis has made a tremendous difference is his first year at CORA and even started a new peer-based recovery group for our adult clients in our counseling program! He is an avid fitness and health enthusiast and shares that passion with the clients he services. Francis is wonderful!


Michael Gottschalk , CRS (34 years young)

Born in New Jersey and raised in Bristol I am very much accustomed to suburban life with a Philly twist. I have consumed a steady lifelong diet of Italian food which gives me the strength to give my all in any situation. Obsessed with learning languages I have dedicated my-self to achieving fluent Japanese-Language Literacy. I am very proud to say that I am Certified Youth Recovery Specialist. The skill sets and friendships acquired during my training period at the Council of Southeast Pennsylvania will never be forgotten. I hope to cultivate these skills at CORA and continue to serve those in need during their period of recovery.

Eagles fan for life
Also, a gaming & music nerd. 


LeAnna Nemeth, MS
Drug and Alcohol Treatment Counselor

Originally from Buffalo New York, I had moved to Philadelphia to pursue a master’s degree in counseling. Fortunately, moving to Philadelphia has lead me to unique opportunities such as volunteering in an anxiety and mood disorders clinic and working as an assessor for educational policy research. This background has led me to my current position, starting my clinical career at CORA Services. At CORA, I am a substance use counselor who works with individuals in individual and group settings to enhance their recovery and community supports. Outside of counseling, I am an adventurous person who loves any second that can be spent in nature!


Sharifa Martin, MS, NCC
Clinical Care Coordinator at The Bridge Way School

Born and raised in West Philadelphia. I love music, nature, and spoken word poetry. I believe that it is my duty to bring mental health awareness to minority/ underprivileged communities. I believe that my open-minded/empathic nature keeps me grounded, and able to engage people of all walks of life.



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