~ by Kerri Wojcik “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” I have turned to the Serenity Prayer many times in my life when I feel lost or overwhelmed and need direction.  When I sat down to write about the journey that led to my becoming an advocate for recovery from addiction, this prayer came to …
~ by Beth Wilson, Director of Digital Content As far as I’m concerned, Marty Mann – one of the first women to reach long-term recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous – is the reason April is Alcohol Awareness Month. In May of 1991, when I entered recovery, I knew nothing of Marty Mann. Five years later, in 1996, when I went to work for the Kansas City affiliate of the National Council on Alcoholism and …
~ by Jim Hood, Co-Founder & CEO: Facing Addiction recently received an incredibly rare distinction from arguably the most sought after open grant competition in philanthropic history: Scoring in the Top 200 of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change international competition for a “$100 million grant to fund a single proposal that will make measurable progress toward solving a significant problem.” We are enormously grateful to the MacArthur Foundation and …
Beck Gee-Cohen thinks he was put on this planet to teach clinicians how to better understand the transgender community, particularly around substance use disorders. Gee-Cohen, a transgender man in long-term recovery, spends 75 percent of his time on the road training and teaching. “It’s an important time right now—to be a voice, to be authentic and to let the community know they’re not alone in recovery,” he says. “These are hard times for the LGBTQI …
~ by Michael King, director of outreach and engagement This month kicks off a regular blog feature called Partners Facing Addiction as we spotlight a few of our incredible Action Network Partners. These organizations are the heart and soul of our Action Agenda; they are the local voice that creates true grassroots change in our space. We asked each of our March Partners to give us a top-line description of their work. If you’d like …
Facing Addiction has selected 15 communities  to participate in the organization’s pilot community project aimed to address the public response to addiction through grassroots-driven campaigns. The project, first announced in October 2016 and undertaken by the organization’s Public Safety Working Group, completes another critical item on the Facing Addiction’s Advocacy and Action Agenda. Specifically, Facing Addiction will work with the 15 communities to: Secure increases in localized funding to adequately address the crisis Train advocates …
~ Aaron Kucharski, Facing Addiction’s Grassroots Coordinator As a person in long term recovery from addiction since September 6, 2003, and a New Jersey resident entrenched in grassroots advocacy since 2010, I have seen the progress that can be made in addressing addiction issues.  When elected officials set aside partisanship to work with family members, people in recovery and treatment professionals, they  find solutions and better the odds for those struggling with addiction. This …
Angie Geren says addiction has been a part of her life since she was “in utero.” Growing up in Wisconsin with several family members with substance use disorders, drinking was the norm, she says. Alcohol was an active and accepted part of life. When Geren entered recovery 10 years ago, learning to live without substances became her new norm. From the start, she lived openly in recovery, without shame and guilt. It was only when …
You’ve helped us in the past, signing letters critical to the issues of addiction and recovery. Now we need your help once again – this request is urgent. The House of Representatives intends to vote on the American Health Care Act today. Some of the changes to the bill under discussion would be devastating for individuals suffering with substance use disorders. The most recent talks include the stripping out Essential Health Benefits from the …
Yesterday, Facing Addiction hosted a Recovery Housing forum on Capitol Hill, completing another action outlined in our aggressive Advocacy & Action Agenda! More than 50 people, including U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY), gathered for an informative and inspiring conversation on recovery housing. Facing Addiction facilitated the forum in conjunction with the Congressional Addiction, Treatment & Recovery Caucus and the event was co-sponsored by the National Council …