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By our silence we let others define us. The growing grass-roots involvement of identifiable and mobilized networks of recovery communities and allied organizations fosters collaboration, advocacy and public education about the reality of addiction recovery. Each September, as part of National Recovery Month, AFR works with local community organizations and our national planning partners to host Rally for Recovery Colorado events that combine the celebration and honor of recovery with advocacy and education.
- To advocate for planning and policies at all levels of society supportive of recovery, and for more addiction, research, prevention, and treatment.
- To educate the public about the disease of addiction, the consequences of untreated addiction, and the process of recovery, using peer-to-peer support
- To dispel myths about addiction and the addict by sharing stories of recovery and by celebrating the successes of recovery.
- To reduce the stigma associated with addiction
Recovery Advocacy - Our Board Members and volunteers maintain positions on Boards and Commissions with the intention of keeping recovery in the conversation when addiction, substance abuse, prevention and treatment are present. Some of these bodies include The Behavioral Health Transformational Council, The Behavioral Health Planning and Advisory Committee. Denver Drug Strategy Commission, Faces and Voices of Recovery, Mountain ATTC West Center, Young People In Recovery. We are dedicated as an organization to keep changing the conversation from addiction to recovery.
Peer Coach Training - Our Director has been delivering nationally recognized curriculum for recovery peer coach training for over 5 years. APR has trained over 50 coaches in Colorado which has directly influenced those individuals recovery process as well as the hundreds of others that will come into contact with them. We currently have coaches fulfilling recovery support services in collaborative SAMHSA grants in Colorado. Additionally, AFR and peer coaches are collaborating with a large local methadone clinic to influence and evaluate the effect of recovery oriented influence on their population.
Additional Trainings - Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC), Science of Addiction and Recovery (SOAR), Media Training and Our Stories Have Power Training. All these are deliverable to individuals and groups at all levels of businesses, government, and educational institutions.
Recovery Rally Colorado - When advocates from across the country came together in 2001 to found Faces And Voices Of Recovery, a call to action stated, "for too long, a great majority of the community - those in recovery, their families and allies - have been silent about their experiences and successes. An organized recovery community was absent from the public policy debate. Society and lawmakers weren't aware of the more than 20 million Americans in long-term recovery. Later that same year a Colorado contingency of that movement was launched here with the name “Advocates For Recovery”.
Media and Messaging - Here’s language that you can use to talk about recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. This messaging is a result of in-depth public opinion research with members of the recovery community and the general public. We encourage you to use this “messaging” or language whenever you’re speaking - as a person in recovery, a family member or friend.
“This recovery messaging is excellent. Thanks to Faces
& Voices of Recovery for its leadership in developing
messages to all Americans that clearly and passionately
convey the living reality of long-term recovery from
— William White, Author and recovery advocate