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 is made up of professionals from criminal justice and health backgrounds, including state health agencies, criminal justice reform organizations, local groups focused on the problems of their community, recovery housing and others.

The group is focused on developing national, state and local training programs on addiction and recovery for criminal and juvenile justice stakeholders such as police officers, prosecutors, correctional officers, and judges.

Legislation Group

Facing Addiction’s Legislation working group is tasked with tracking federal legislation as it will be introduced in the new Congress beginning in January 2017 and overseeing the development of our 2017 Congressional forum. The group is comprised of recovery community leaders from across the country, as well as individuals involved in policy making in Washington, D.C.

Additionally, the Legislation working group is 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.

Addiction Education Group

The Addiction Education 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 medical schools, nursing schools, and pharmacy schools with curricula focused on understanding, identifying, and treating addiction.

Working with the guidance and insight of the Addiction Education group, Facing Addiction will build a public-facing scorecard for all medical schools, nursing schools, and pharmacy schools in the country and highlight the ones that have a dedicated curriculum focused on addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery. The committee will develop adequate information-tracking systems, including informational interview outlines to be conducted with medical faculties in order to determine what practices are currently in place. A scorecard will be released annually starting in January of 2018.


Working in conjunction with the Recovery Research Institute, Facing Addiction is working to create a uniform language and reference guide for community stakeholders and policy makers across the spectrum of the addiction and substance use disorder landscape. ADDICTIONary, a tool developed by the Recovery Research Institute, is a single resource that will be rich with language developed and agreed upon by leaders from across the addiction space. ADDICTIONary will be comprehensive and inclusive, not focusing on any one perspective.

Advocates serving on the ADDICTIONary Group are working to continue expanding this reference guide, but also to develop amplification strategies so as to actively promote a dramatic reform in the manner in which we discuss substance use disorders publicly.

Community Convening Guide Development Group

A working group of prevention professionals has been tasked with developing a Community Convening Guide in order to spread the awareness and adoption of screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment protocols into new settings such as primary care/pediatricians, educational institutions, and community-based health clinics.

Facing Addiction and this working group will work with Action Network organizations across the country to host 20 community forums in 2017. The forums will focus on the importance and urgency of implementing screening and early intervention practices in local communities.

Multiple Pathways To Recovery Group

The Multiple Pathways group will produce a brief informational guide that will outline the many different pathways individuals and their families have towards finding and sustaining long-term recovery from addition. The group hopes to provide clarity to the general public about the varieties of experience 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.