By

Ryan Hampton
The festive season has been dubbed “the most wonderful time of the year”, but for those in and seeking recovery, it can sometimes be especially hard. It is possible to have an enjoyable time while embracing a life of recovery. Take the opportunity to celebrate not only the holiday, but also your recovery, which is...
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Oregon will become the first state to decriminalize possession of small amounts of drugs, including heroin and cocaine. Voters on Tuesday passed Measure 110, which also expands addiction services using the state’s marijuana tax revenue. “I think Oregonians made it clear that they support a more humane, effective approach to drug addiction,” Anthony Johnson, one of the measure’s...
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Like millions of Americans, Diane Urban watched the first presidential debate last month at home with her family. When it was over, she turned off the television and climbed into the bed her 25-year-old son Jordan used to sleep in. It was where she found Jordan’s lifeless body after he overdosed on the opioid fentanyl...
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Vote Recovery is an initiative created by the Recovery Advocacy Project (RAP). RAP is working to build a visible and effective constituency to demand community and public policy based solutions in response to America’s long-standing addiction crisis. Vote Recovery is a hub to learn about voting, your rights, and the issues that recovery voters like...
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New Polling Shows Need for Immediate Congressional Action to Avert Collapse of Behavioral Health Organizations and Resulting Public Health Crisis Demand for mental health and addiction treatment services has increased significantly just as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to weaken the financial viability of behavioral health organizations and reduce the availability of lifesaving treatment and services,...
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This year’s Mobilize Recovery event showed, once again, that the recovery advocacy community is diverse, dedicated, and resilient. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the national advocacy event was hosted virtually by the Recovery Advocacy Project and the Voices Project, making it the largest and most accessible training to date. Advocates from across America attended to...
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Where do unhoused people wash their hands? There’s no punch line. As Philadelphia closes down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, public bathrooms, restaurants, and even gyms have shut their doors. If you don’t have soap and running water, you can’t prevent coronavirus. That puts 5,700 people’s lives on the chopping block. Their crime is...
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Imagine every ventilator in the United States being switched off, all at once. That’s what leaders are doing to recovery funding for addiction services in America — and they count on us dying before anyone notices. Before coronavirus, America already faced record numbers of deaths from a different epidemic. Over 350 people died every day from an...
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If you keep doing what you always did, you’ll get what you always got. That saying is true of recovery and it’s also true of other social justice movements. People in recovery understand the incredible power of change. So much is possible when we let go of our old beliefs and get a new perspective....
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Drug overdose deaths climbed to a record high last year, reversing a historic decline in 2018 that President Donald Trump touted as one of his administration’s key accomplishments, new federal data show. There were 70,980 reported deaths from overdoses in 2019, surpassing the peak of 70,699 deaths in 2017, according to preliminary CDC data. The numbers...
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