~ 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 …
~ 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 …
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 …
From Michael King, Facing Addiction’s Director of Outreach and Engagement: Last Thursday, President Trump released his proposed federal budget. As expected, and in keeping with promises the President made on the campaign trail, the budget includes deep cuts across the federal government. We want to hear from you about the President’s proposed budget cuts. Please take a moment today to complete Facing Addiction’s survey on the President’s proposed cuts. You can access the survey by …
As the national debate increasingly focuses on health care reform, we need you to share your story of how the current healthcare system has helped you or someone you love gain access to treatment. We at Facing Addiction—along with a majority of the Action Network—are very concerned about the American Health Act proposed last week in the US House of Representatives. Specifically, there are two provisions that would severely reduce coverage for people seeking …

President Obama Signs Cures Act

Last month, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law. The legislation contains $1 billion over the next two years for states to address the opioid misuse and overdose crisis facing America. While the Cures Act certainly isn’t a perfect piece of legislation, it is the best vehicle to get funding appropriated to address our nation’s crisis. The bill passed the House by a 392-26 vote and the Senate 94-5. Additionally, the President has …

End of Year Thanks (and Appeals) – Jim Hood

Jim Hood – Co-Founder and CEO of Facing Addiction Like hundreds of thousands of other families, we have a chair at our table that is always empty. I lost my beautiful boy, Austin, to the ravages of addiction and, ultimately, an overdose four years ago. One thousand five hundred twenty-seven empty days of missing my son… the hole in my heart will never heal. Addiction is stealing our children. Please support …

End of Year Thanks (and Appeals) – Laszlo Jaress

Laszlo Jaress – Program Coordinator My name is Laszlo Jaress and I am the Program Coordinator for Facing Addiction. I am also a young person in long-term recovery from alcohol use. I’ve experienced first-hand the powerful negative impact substances have on families and I want to break the cycle. Laszlo Jaress with recovery advocate and actor Danny Trejo at the launch of Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s …

End of Year Thanks (and Appeals) – Michael King

Michael King – Director of Outreach & Engagement Every few days or weeks, I get the tremendous opportunity to send you a note calling you to action as we work together to face addiction in America. These calls to action are not only critical for our movement, but they are incredibly personal to me. We need your help to continue our actions – so we can continue to fight to change the …

End of Year Thanks (and Appeals) – Garrett Hade

Garrett Hade – Los Angeles Outreach Coordinator My name is Garrett Hade, and I am a person in long-term recovery. When I was 19, I was prescribed opioids to help with acute pain and within months I became addicted. After years of having pain medications prescribed to me I was eventually cut-off and, like millions of others, I was forced to seek an alternative to continue my addiction. I found heroin and quickly became …