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In some segments of the recovery community, the idea of “attraction rather than promotion” has been transmitted down through generations and generations of people in or seeking recovery. While the original premise of this idea still holds tremendous value, a great disservice has been done by mixing up the original intention of “attraction rather than promotion” with a catastrophically distorted perception of what is meant by the saying.
It is noted that children who live in families in which there is a history of alcohol or drug abuse feel isolated and don't often have the coping skills to deal with their feelings of confusion, anger and a sense of loss.
As director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) under President Obama, Michael Botticelli put a human face on recovery while successfully advocating strategies to combat a crippling opioid epidemic. Yet a significantly lower-profile action taken in the waning days of his tenure could prove to define his legacy, with a potentially monumental impact on how society views substance use disorders and the people who live with them.
For many of us involved in addiction recovery advocacy work, somewhere along the way we learned that our stories have power, that our voices have power. As we have taken our advocacy efforts into the realm of social media, we have witnessed the sheer magnitude of reach contained in a single voice. With words, pictures and videos rapidly traveling across towns, cities, state lines and oceans separating continents, we see the extraordinary power contained in our voices. However, as the familiar saying goes, “with power comes great responsibility,” and we must always remember that every time we use our voices, we have the power to either help or harm.
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.