Working Groups

In order to successfully implement the sweeping advocacy and actions agenda put forth by the Facing Addiction Action Network, the following working groups have been developed. Each working group is busy developing materials and resources, outlining future events and more to ensure the Facing Addiction comprehensive agenda is fully implemented.

If you have interest in participating in a working group or simply providing insight to the group’s discussion, email Michael King, Facing Addiction’s director of outreach and engagement, at [email protected].

Public Safety Group

The Public Safety working group consists of professionals from criminal justice and health backgrounds, including state health agencies, criminal justice reform organizations, local groups focused on substance use disorder problems in their communities, recovery housing and others.

The public safety group is focused on outlining future discussions within targeted communities that address  race and class and the intersection between public health and criminal justice.

Legislation Group

Facing Addiction’s Legislation working group designed and organized a congressional forum in March 2017 that focused on recovery housing. Learn more about the March 2017 Forum here. This group is currently working on organizing a second forum focused on employment challenges.

The forums are first steps toward the long-term goal of having the Legislation working group lead the way in developing federal legislation that requires all federal re-entry programs to include consideration of substance use disorder issues and promote assertive linkages to recovery community resources. Members of the group come from a broad range of Action Network partners, including recovery support groups, housing organizations, advocacy organizations, and many others.

Addiction Education Group

The Addiction Education working group is made up of medical professionals and researchers from across the country. The group is developing strategies to advocate and track the expansion of curricula focused on understanding, identifying, and treating addiction within medical schools, nursing schools, and pharmacy schools.

In April 2017, Facing Addiction sent a survey to more than 150 medical schools that was designed and approved by the Addiction Education working group. The group is continuing to track responses from the medical education community and will select several schools to hold up as “old standard” institutions by January 2018. The long-term objective of this group is to develop and lead the way in implementing a comprehensive curriculum in this area.


In conjunction with the Recovery Research Institute (RRI), Facing Addiction’s ADDICTIONary working group has been expanding this invaluable tool originally developed by RRI. Learn more about the ADDICTIONary here.

Currently, the working group is developing amplification strategies that actively promote a dramatic reform in the ways we discuss substance use disorders publicly. The three primary initial audiences for the guide are the media, recovery advocates and the medical/research community.

Community Convening Guide Development Group

A working group of prevention professionals has developed a Community Convening Guide to spread awareness about adopting  screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) protocols into new settings like primary care/pediatricians, educational institutions, and community-based health clinics. Download the Community Convening Guide here.

The Community Convening guide group is currently focused on developing amplification strategies for promoting the guide, including outreach to targeted agencies and other key state organizations.

Multiple Pathways To Recovery Group

The Multiple Pathways group will produce a brief informational guide that outlines the many different pathways individuals and their families have towards finding and sustaining long-term recovery from addition. The group hopes to provide clarity for the public to better understand the varieties of experiences for the more than 23 million Americans living in recovery from alcohol and other drugs.

The working group consists of individuals with diverse experience and expertise in various pathways to recovery. The guide will include a basic outline of the general philosophies, membership size, and organizing practices of each individual pathway, a means by which to contact the appropriate organizations associated with each one, as well as personal testimonials of individuals who have found recovery in various pathways.