From the multitude of public hearings I have attended on behalf of clients, the one consistent mainstay is the misperception of “who” people in recovery are.
I have often lamented that the AA model of “anonymity” has been misconstrued by people in recovery to mean that they are to stay in the shadows and not reveal they are actually recovering from addiction.
The world needs to see the true faces and the voices of recovery, and organizations such as “Faces & Voices in Recovery”, http://www.facesandvoicesofrecovery.org/, try to do just that.
From our friends at Addiction Professional Magazine:
Changes are affecting the national organization most responsible for mobilizing the addiction recovery community over the past decade, and the organization is crafting a new strategic plan that may shift how it communicates with constituents and how it moves to support signature initiatives.
In an interview with Addiction Professional, Faces & Voices of Recovery acting director Steve Gumbley said the sudden departure of longtime executive director Pat Taylor at the end of February offers an opportunity for the organization “maybe to look at things a little differently.”
One longstanding challenge for the organization has involved translating its success in program initiatives, including the growth of the Association of Recovery Community Organizations (ARCO) and the emergence of the Council on Accreditation of Peer Recovery Support Services (CAPRSS), into broad-based funding support for the recovery movement. Yet Gumbley says Faces and Voices itself is not in imminent financial danger, and adds that the organization’s board of directors has no unresolved issues with its former executive director.
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Have a great weekend! An update on Florida HB 479 and SB 582 will be coming next week.