Easy Does It, Inc. (EDI) was founded in 1989 by a small group of members of the 12-step recovery community in Berks County, PA. Their vision was to create a safe place where people could reclaim their lives from the bondage of addiction and learn how to have fun in recovery. To accomplish their goal, they purchased the Longlots Bar in downtown Reading, which became the Walnut Street Recovery Center. Our name “Easy Does It, Inc.” was adopted from a slogan used in Alcoholics Anonymous to describe a gradual, yet steady path of recovery.
In 2001, EDI opened its second, flagship recovery center in Bern Township, located at 1300 Hilltop Rd., Leesport, PA 19533. EDI’s Leesport facility (also known as the Hilltop location) quickly became Berks County’s premier recovery house for 20 recovering individuals and a recovery center to host larger drug and alcohol-free events for the entire community.
In 2006, the Leesport facility was greatly expanded. This expansion provided 30 new beds to the supportive housing program, as well as additional space for offices, meetings, and educational programming.
In 2019, EDI sold the Walnut Street Recovery Center to longstanding members of the local recovery community, who continue to operate it as a space for 12-step meetings and transitional housing in Reading.
EDI currently provides supportive housing and recovery services for up to 50 individuals at the Leesport facility. Since its inception, EDI has grown into a valuable resource for individuals and families affected by substance use disorders, as well as an integral part of the Berks County recovery community.