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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    ARCO Members

    102

  • CAPRSS Accredited Organzations
    CAPRSS Accredited Organzations

    9

  • Faces & Voices Community Members
    Faces & Voices Community Members

    54,250

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News & Events

The social stigma attached to addiction and addiction recovery inflicts innumerable harms to individuals, families, organizations, and communities. Two people in recovery recently emailed me sharing quite different dilemmas—each flowing from stigma-induced caricatures of addiction and recovery.

On a beautiful early fall evening, a nip in the New York Greenwich Village air, I anxiously arrived at the Sheen Center to hear 12 well known advocates for recovery address over 250 concerned and caring civilians attending “Care Talks,” the inaugural event hosted by the McShin Foundation of Richmond, Virginia.

Among the mixed bag of findings and conclusions drawn from the new release of data from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), opioid use did not show substantial increases in 2016, but the prominence of illegally manufactured fentanyl and its analogs means the opioid crisis continues to grow more deadly. Meanwhile, marijuana use among youths nationally has not increased, but adults ages 26 and older are using at a higher rate.