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10 Reasons to Fund Recovery Support Services

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Infographic citing ten research articles that demonstrate reasons to fund recovery support services.TweetShareSharePin0 Shares

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About Faces & Voices of Recovery

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Faces & Voices of Recovery is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to organizing and mobilizing the millions of Americans in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, our families, friends, and allies to speak with one voice. The organization is working to change public perceptions of recovery, promote effective public policy in…

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Advocacy with Anonymity

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There are tens of thousands of men and women across our country just like you who want to speak out about their recovery experiences while honoring the principles that have worked so well for so many. This pamphlet answers questions that people who want to speak out are asking as they think about how to…

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AHCA Senate Leadership Letter

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The undersigned organizations are writing to share our views on critical provisions we believe must be included in any legislation modifying the nation’s health care system. We also want to share serious concerns with several of the reforms included in the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA). We collectively represent consumers, families, providers, health care…

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All Recovery Meeting Format

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An alternative to 12-step meetings, “All Recovery” meetings welcome all who struggle with addiction, are affected by addiction, or support the recovery lifestyle. (Originally developed by the Connecticut Communities for Addiction Recovery.) TweetShareSharePin0 Shares

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Birth of a Movement: The Founding of Faces & Voices of Recovery – Ten Years Later

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Let’s Go Make Some History! After 2001 recovery advocates across the country responded to the Call to Action issued at Faces & Voices of Recovery’s founding. Here are reflections from people who gathered in St. Paul, to appreciate our accomplishments and inspire us as we move forward. We remember the advocacy of Faces & Voices…

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Community Catalyst Research: Peers Speak Out – Improving Substance Use Treatment Outcomes During COVID-19

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In the fall of 2020, peers/patients spoke out through a national online survey, two focus groups and the Patients Lead National Peer Council about what outcomes they want from treatment, how COVID-19 is affecting them and what needs to change about treatment/services.    Peers Speak Out Summary Peers Speak Out_FullReport TweetShareSharePin0 Shares

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Community Listening Forum Toolkit

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Faces & Voices Community Listening Forum Toolkit has all of the information you’ll need to organize an event in your community. TweetShareSharePin0 Shares

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Creating Recovery Ready Communities

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Faces & Voices of Recovery (2017) A guide to recovery support services. TweetShareSharePin0 Shares

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Criminal Justice Recovery Advocacy

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This document is a companion to Faces & Voices Policy Position Paper on Criminal Justice Recovery Advocacy. It describes ways that recovery community organizations and recovery advocates can partner with allies at the local, state and federal levels to advocate for criminal justice policy reform. TweetShareSharePin0 Shares

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Developing an Accreditation System for Organizations and Programs Providing Peer Recovery Support Services

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In the last ten years, recovery community organizations (RCOs) have proliferated throughout the United States. Many of these organizations have grown and matured and demonstrated leadership in their towns, counties, and states, as well as on the national landscape. They have become major hubs for recovery advocacy: mobilizing recovery constituencies of individuals, families and allies;…

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Economic Benefits of Long-Term Recovery

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Faces & Voices of Recovery Because of long-term recovery, individuals are able to better their own lives, the lives of others, and their respective communities. By advocating for an expansion of recovery services, every citizen can contribute to the success longterm recovery brings. TweetShareSharePin0 Shares

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Engaging Your Community

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Recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs benefits everyone – families, friends, neighbors, and the person who gets into recovery. It is a reality for millions of Americans of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, and economic and social classes. We must accord dignity to people with addiction and recognize that there is no one path…

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Faces & Voices Core Positioning Statement (2001)

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Long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs is real for millions of Americans and thousands more get well every year. There are as many different paths to recovery as there are different people in recovery. But regardless of how people achieve recovery, their lives, and the lives of those they touch – their…

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Faces & Voices of Recovery 2011 – 2014 Strategic Plan

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Faces & Voices believes that our nation’s response to the crisis of addiction should be based on sound public health science and the grassroots engagement and involvement of the recovery community – people in recovery, their families, friends and allies – organized in identifiable and mobilized networks of recovery community and allied organizations that foster…

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Faces & Voices of Recovery St. Paul Summit, 2001

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In the 1990s advocates and their national allies met to strategize on ways to reach out to the medical, public health, criminal justice and other communities about the possibilities of recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, forming The Alliance Project. The project and its supporters found inspiration and support in the writings of…

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Health Care Bill Letter to Congress 7.11.17

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The undersigned organizations are writing to share our views on critical provisions we believe must be included in any legislation modifying the nation’s health care system. We also want to share serious concerns with several of the reforms included in the discussion draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA). We are very…

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How To Organize A Town Hall Meeting

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Here are step-by-step instructions for holding an effective town hall meeting, one way that your organization can use The Recovery Bill of Rights and the Recovery Voices Count campaign to mobilize and organize support for new attitudes and policies to support addiction recovery in your community. For many years, town hall meetings have been an…

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Issue Brief #1: Addiction Recovery and Overall Health

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For some of us, it was useful to get help for our addiction by getting clinical treatment. In the past, effective treatment hasn’t always been readily available or affordable and it has been separate from the traditional health care system. Whether or not we have had treatment, most of us need support and help from…

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Issue Brief #2: Including Peer Recovery Support Services in State’s Essential Health Benefits

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Recovery advocates can work with allies in their states, to help ensure that critical peer recovery support services will be included as part of their state’s Essential Health Benefits. TweetShareSharePin0 Shares

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Letter to Congress on American Health Care Act

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March 2017 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…

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Life in Recovery Survey

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Faces & Voices first-ever nationwide survey of persons in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs was conducted by Alexandre Laudet, PhD and documents dramatic improvements in all areas of life for people in recovery from addiction. TweetShareSharePin0 Shares

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Policy Position Paper on Criminal Justice Recovery Advocacy

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The purpose of this paper is to offer a succinct and informative perspective for policy makers and the public as we move into a new service delivery landscape, with the underlying premise that increased access to treatment and recovery supports is a wise investment. It pays to get people help before they encounter the criminal…

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Policy Position Paper on Discrimination

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Discrimination is a broad concept and often interconnects with terms like stigma, prejudice and bias. For the purpose of this policy position, we are focused on those legal and administrative obstacles that serve to exclude or deny benefits to people in or in need of recovery because of that status. TweetShareSharePin0 Shares

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Recovery Advocacy Toolkit

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When Faces & Voices of Recovery was launched in 2001, our founding goal was to celebrate and honor recovery in all of its diversity. We believe that everyone has a right to recover from addiction to alcohol and other drugs and that there is no one path to recovery. Recovery from addiction to alcohol and…

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Recovery Community Organization Toolkit

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The Recovery Community Organization Toolkit is a must read if you’re interested in starting up a recovery community organization or want to think about the next steps for your group. Find out about the core strategies that grass roots organizations around the country have used to develop strong local and statewide groups. TweetShareSharePin0 Shares

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Recovery Community Organization Toolkit Resources

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FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RESOURCES TweetShareSharePin0 Shares

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Recovery Community Organization Toolkit Resources – NON-PROFITS

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RESOURCES FOR NON-PROFITS TweetShareSharePin0 Shares

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Recovery Community Organizations SOCIAL MEDIA TOOL KIT

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Shannon Egan; USARA Development Director Social Media is a powerful way to connect individuals in longterm recovery–and those currently seeking recovery from drug and alcohol addiction– to their local recovery community. It’s also a powerful way to spread the message of recovery, eradicate shame and stigma, advocate for change, and promote and strengthen the National…

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Recovery Idol Toolkit

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Over 18,000 people watched as the 2012 Recovery Idol finalists performed at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia in September. After the judges declared Robert Washington the Recovery Idol winner, the crowd roared and Washington received his prize of time in a recording studio. Since then, he’s been performing at events all over the city. TweetShareSharePin0 Shares

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Recovery Messaging for Young People in Recovery

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Here’s language that you can use to talk about recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. This messaging is a result of in-depth public opinion research with members of the recovery community, including young people in recovery, and the general public. We encourage you to use this “messaging” or language whenever you’re speaking –…

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Recovery Support Services Needs Assessment

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Faces & Voices of Recovery (2017) Faces & Voices of Recovery, in collaboration with the Association of Recovery in Higher Education, Association of Recovery Schools, National Alliance for Recovery Residences and Young People in Recovery, created a needs assessment for statewide networks to use to determine the needs and priorities for implementing recovery support services…

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Recovery Support Services: A Full Menu for States

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Faces & Voices of Recovery (2017) Faces & Voices of Recovery presents a full menu of options for states to consider as they expand recovery support services and recovery advocacy activities. TweetShareSharePin0 Shares

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Sports-Link: Recovery Community Activities with Baseball Teams and Other Sporting Events

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Each September since 2003 people in recovery, their families, friends and allies have partnered with Major League Baseball as part of Recovery Month. SPORTS-LINK was organized by the Johnson Institute as a way to build alliances between the recovery community and employers, health professionals, community-based organizations and government agencies to spread the word about the…

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State of the New Recovery Advocacy Movement

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It is always good to be with old friends, friends in recovery and friends of recovery. It is a special pleasure to finally meet some of you face-to-face who I have corresponded with for so many years. As I entered the worlds of addiction treatment and recovery in the late 1960s, I witnessed the end…

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The Recovery Bill of Rights

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We will improve the lives of millions of Americans, their families and communities if we treat addiction to alcohol and other drugs as a public health crisis. To overcome this crisis, we must accord dignity to people with addiction and recognize that there is no one path to recovery. Individuals who are striving to be…

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The Science of Addiction & Recovery

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Our Goals; 1) Learn the neurobiology of addiction and recovery. 2) Understand why it’s important for recovery advocacy and the recovery community. TweetShareSharePin0 Shares

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What is an RCO?

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Webinar presenters – Patty McCarthy Metcalf, Executive Director, Faces & Voices of Recovery and Brandee Izquierdo, Director of Advocacy & Outreach, Faces & Voices of Recovery TweetShareSharePin0 Shares

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