News About Addiction, Recovery and Advocacy

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This week, Faces & Voices of Recovery joined 415 other organizations in sharing our concerns with Congress about the American Health Care Act. The AHCA’s proposed changes to our health care system will result in reductions in health care coverage, particularly for vulnerable populations including those suffering from addiction and mental illness.

We told Congress that we cannot support the bill in its current form. See full-text of the letter here

Perhaps more than any other sociological advance we’ve seen over the past decade, the widespread use of social media has had a tremendous impact on the New Addiction Recovery Advocacy Movement. The ability to connect across counties and continents has facilitated the transfer of information and fostered opportunities for networking in ways never before imagined.

The Coalition for Whole Health stands ready to work with members of Congress and the Administration to preserve the important progress made in recent years, as well as to expand the effort to ensure lifesaving treatments, services and medications are available to those in need. Effective MH and SUD prevention, treatment services and medications, rehabilitation, and recovery services not only save countless lives, they also save hundreds of billions of dollars in health care, public safety, workforce productivity and other social and economic costs. READ MORE

I was initially introduced to abstinence-based, twelve-step recovery programs at the age of 13 while in the first of what would be many adolescent institutional stays. I was taught by the professionals involved in my care as well as attendees of the meetings we would be shuttled off to in big red passenger vans that abstinence-based, twelve-step programs were the only way to recover.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Weekly (Feb 13, 2017)

With the loss of some recovery leaders from federal government, some advocates in the field are worried that their momentum will be lost (see ADAW, February 6). But interviews last week revealed that even without a website for the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) — something which has rattled advocates who want everything to go back to the way it used to be — there’s still a lot that can be done.

Reps. James Sensenbrenner and Dave Joyce Join Tim Ryan and Paul Tonko in Co-Chairing the Caucus

Washington, DC – Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH), Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Dave Joyce (R-OH) announces new Co-Chairs of the Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus. Rep. Sensenbrenner is the new Republican Co-Chair and Rep. Joyce is the new Republican Vice-Chair – Rep. Ryan remains the Democratic Co-Chair and Rep. Tonko remains as the Democratic Vice-Chair. This important Caucus works to educate and raise awareness among lawmakers about addiction prevention, treatment and substance abuse.

In 2008, Granfield and Cloud defined recovery capital as “the sum total of one's resources that can be brought to bear on the initiation and maintenance of substance use cessation.” These authors discussed the four component parts of recovery capital as social, human, physical and cultural. They also introduced the idea of “negative recovery capital” to indicate that certain circumstances (a significant history of mental health problems, a history of engagement with the criminal justice system, older age and female gender) constitute barriers to recovery.

It's such a pleasure to have Patty McCarthy Metcalf, MS, Executive Director of Faces and Voices of Recovery on the phone with me today. Patty's professional experience covers the spectrum of prevention, treatment and recovery. She's worked in substance abuse prevention. She's worked with the Vermont Department of Health as a child and family clinician, with a community based mental health center there, and she holds a master’s degree in community counselling and a bachelor's in business administration. Thank you so much Patty, for joining us at Serene Scene Magazine today.

A new recovery advocacy movement rose in the late 1990s and early 2000s that has since grown exponentially in the U.S. and spread to other countries. The central institution linking grassroots recovery community organizations since its founding in 2001 is Faces and Voices of Recovery, now led by Patty McCarthy Metcalf. Before assuming the directorship of Faces and Voices of Recovery, Patty had served as Deputy Director of BRSS TACS and as Director of Friends of Recovery Vermont. I recently (April 2016) had the opportunity to interview her about her life as a recovery advocate and the state of the recovery advocacy movement in the U.S. Please join us in this informative conversation.

When a recovery specialist is the first person a substance abuser sees after waking up from an overdose, the chances of them getting help dramatically increases