Recovery advocacy is a process of exerting influence to advance public policies and programs that help initiate and sustain recovery from substance use and mental health concerns.
By speaking out, members of the recovery community can make a profound difference in public understanding of substance use, mental health and recovery, breaking down the wall of shame and stigma that creates discrimination against people in recovery.
Your Voice Counts – No More Silence
We each have a story.
For those who have substance use and mental health challenges, our stories are often mixed with stigma and shame.
As a community, we’ve historically talked more about addiction, shrouded ourselves in anonymity and isolated ourselves in silos based on substance used or targeted behaviors.
Over the past decades, a social movement led by people in addiction recovery and their allies has changed our way of thinking about ourselves and how we tell our stories.
We’ve shifted from a world of addiction and anonymity to one of recovery and having a voice.
It’s that voice, in numbers, that gives us power – at local, state and federal levels.
By speaking up, we are building strong, vocal and visible recovery communities.
By sharing our individual and collective stories, we are also building recovery capital – on a personal, family and community level.
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Our recovery community has a story.
As we each strengthen our individual voices through self-advocacy, we are building strong, vocal and visible recovery communities. As a recovery community, we have a responsibility towards community advocacy.
Community advocacy gives us power — at local, state and federal levels.
Community advocacy provides the opportunity to help change government and industry policies and to help educate the general public on the needs, rights and struggles of those people who have substance use and mental health challenges.
Several organizations we work closely with in this area are:
Mental Health America of Indiana (MHAI) works for the mental health of all citizens and for victory over mental illness and addictive disorders through public education, advocacy and public health reform.
MHAI’s Advocacy Network is a powerful voice for change that is made up of thousands of individuals nationwide who take an active role in protecting America’s mental health through legislative advocacy.
Faces and Voices of Recovery (FAVOR) serves as a resource to recovery communities and organizations in the addiction research, treatment, and prevention fields.
It is also a national campaign of individuals and organizations joining together to advocate for public and private policies at the local, state and federal levels to help people with recovery and post-recovery issues. These include access to treatment, reversal of policies that discriminate against people in recovery, and removal of the barriers that are raised by the stigma against addiction.
Facing Addiction works to turn the tide on America’s addiction epidemic, unifying the voices of the 45 million American families directly affected.
The recent merger between Facing Addiction and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) brought together the rich, nearly 75-year history of NCADD and the unparalleled coalition that launched Facing Addiction on October 4, 2015.
Facing Addiction works through education to transform misconceptions surrounding addiction, providing information and tools to help those struggling, driving system changes to drive a comprehensive public health response, and creating a movement that will inspire these changes and provide needed funding.