Featured Videos

In addition to the evening’s musical performances, UNITE to Face Addiction was powered by strong messages from national leaders and voices of support. Here is a sample, view more videos here.

America, join us in Facing Addiction!

Featured Photo Albums

Several professional photographers captured all kinds of emotions before and during UNITE to Face Addiction. We hope you enjoy reliving these memories. Check back because we’ll refresh our galleries regularly.


How Was the Rally and How Did it Inspire You?

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  • Activism in action on a scale I have never witnessed; community-building on a local, state, and federal level; meeting other brave warriors in my state, a peace within me knowing I did all I could to make change and help uplift those who still don't have a voice. Started EndTheStigma EnoughIsEnough to link resources in my community and beyond and to help our struggling youth find their voice AND the opportunity to reconnect with my awesome, kind-hearted Auntie Gail

    Sarah Ahern Amherst, MA
  • I went on my own. Alone. Nervous. 10.4.15 changed my life and enriched my long-term sobriety by giving my a new purpose, a cause. I pushed, encouraged those who I knew could, to donate to the movement. I pledge myself to never stop teaching the proper vocabulary and promoting an end to the stigma surrounding substance abuse disorder.

    Kathy White Chicago, IL
  • The 10/4/16 DC rally allowed my daughter in recovery and me to celebrate her 2 yr sobriety and a bright new beginning. Since, I joined a Friend's of Recovery NY Group, and took a certified Recovery Coach training. Also I did a vid for the Night of Conversation. I signed up for messaging training through Rockland Alcohol and Drug Dependence Council in order to learn the "new and improved way" to spread awareness in the community. I am just warming up, believing in my heart, that together we can!

    Vera Vursta
  • This was one of the most memorable times of my life! My son and his girlfriend who have both struggled with SUD were there with me. It was awesome to be there with them. We got to see first-hand how important this issue is to so many of us.

    Dawn Brock Zionsville, IN
  • I had to watch from my living room - but felt like I was in attendance - helped by all of the tweets and posts and texts from my friends. Not a single fave moment - I loved every second of it. Cannot wait to hear about another event!!!

    Dawn Nickel Victoria, British Columbia
  • Being in the midst of such greatness is beyond just one favorite memory. Very powerful to listen to the surgeon general... It was wonderful to be sober for Joe Walsh' performance of "Life’s Been Good" since that used to be a drinking song... and really loved seeing all of us lovin’ on each other. It was an epic experience.

    Camille Robinson Taylorsville, UT
  • #UNITEtoFaceAddiction was the best event for me both personally and professionally. I have always been fired up about recovery advocacy - -but this was it x 1000. So inspiring, so emotional. So real. So raw. We met so many great people and one of the best moments was doing yoga in the VIP tent with Tommy Rosen.

    Lisa Simone Niagara Falls, Ontario
  • The whole day was like a dream come true! Meeting Dr. Oz! The lineup of stars and political figures all joining together with the Surgeon General to announce that addiction is now disease was truly life changing!

    Phyllis Mary West Berlin, NJ
  • It was indescribable to be present with such hope, while history was being made! Can't wait for the next one.

    Jill Ingerman Fedge Bell Port, NY

Social Media and Online Recap

We trended on Twitter in Washington, DC and engaged with people through:

On Twitter, support from so many drove traffic to the livestream:

Support from Macklemore, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Brad Paisley, Ringo Starr and many many more...


Posted by Graeme Nixon on Monday, October 5, 2015

We're here, All the way from North Dakota/Minnesota! #recoveryworks

Posted by Tanya Tee RedRoad on Sunday, October 4, 2015

Always in our hearts. Kyle we stand up and speak for you❤️

Posted by Debbie Brummitt on Sunday, October 4, 2015

Media Coverage

Leading up to the event, during after, we received 90 million media impressions. Here is a sampling of coast-to-coast reports on the day of the event:

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