Our Mission

We are dedicated to organizing and mobilizing the over 23 million Americans in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, our families, friends and allies into recovery community organizations and networks, to promote the right and resources to recover through advocacy, education and demonstrating the power and proof of long-term recovery.  Learn more...

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News & Events

By, Merlyn Karst. Now in long-term recovery, I know the importance of being a vocal and visible voice. I believe in the power of my story but I also know that my story powers me.

If we want to see a tipping point in the way the general public supports recovery, we must listen to the science – and what science has to tell us is this: Sharing our stories is what moves people to be empathetic, generous and of service to the cause. So get out there and be an oxytocin-inducing agent in the world; get out there and be a catalyst for change; get out there and tell your recovery story.

My name is Camille, and I am the sister of someone in recovery. It is easy for family members affected by a loved one’s addiction to focus on the person using, forgetting their own stories. For years, I quietly silenced myself and pushed my own thoughts and experiences away. However, I have come to realize that family members of people in long-term recovery are also important. Our stories, too, should be shared, for we know intimately that recovery is possible and that it allows families to heal.