Welcome to the
Recovery Advocacy Project
It’s 2020 and we’re excited to be launching recoveryvoices.com, our digital hub for local leaders, coalitions, and advocates dedicated to advancing positive recovery outcomes in their communities. Together, we can end America’s long-standing addiction crisis, one community at a time.
What is the Recovery Advocacy Project?
Recovery Advocacy Project (RAP) is a 501(c)4 not-for-profit organization created to promote recovery from addiction and mental health disorders through sound policy and laws protecting the civil and human rights of those in or seeking recovery. RAP’s focus is leadership development, grassroots organizing, and mobilizing people in recovery, family members, allied organizations, and friends.
The recovery movement currently has organized national, state, and local agencies and organizations but we believe that a collective group must come together to make a difference. Our focus is nonpartisan and is to provide support at the local and statewide levels to bring about social change.
At its core, the Recovery Advocacy Project is a network of likeminded emerging community leaders and advocates. Our mission is to provide our community leaders and advocates with the training, infrastructure, and tools needed to force change from the ground up.
You can take right now!
Tell your legislators 100% of the opioid litigation dollars should be spent on recovery solutions!
Tell Your Governor: Stop Criminalizing Addiction & Mental Health
Tell your legislators to fund addiction recovery support services NOW!
Tell your governor to support mental health parity
End the discriminatory language in state codes and regulations
Join the Mobilize Recovery Facebook Group and connect with recovery leaders from across America
Introduce yourself to your state legislators
Tell your story and why you Stand Up 4 Recovery
Voice the issues that your community faces
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Talking about addiction
The leaders of the modern recovery movement ask us all to be thoughtful with the words we use around addiction and recovery. Some common terms, even those historically used by those in recovery, can reinforce stigma and even discourage people struggling with addiction from seeking treatment. Here are some that label people or inadvertently pass judgment, with advice on how to replace them with objective descriptions of symptoms or behaviors.
A person with, or suffering from, addiction or substance use disorder.
Neutral terms such as “resumed,” or experienced a “recurrence” of symptoms.
Terms like “in remission or recovery”
A person having positive test results or exhibiting symptoms of substance use disorder