Faces & Voices of Recovery, in collaboration with the Addiction Policy Forum and the House of Representatives Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic developed a comprehensive addiction resources toolkit to help the families impacted by the heroin and opioid epidemic. This week, Members of Congress will unveil this toolkit on their websites and in their district offices and will train their office staff to provide key resources to families and individuals in their communities facing addiction. This toolkit is a resource that every recovery community organization, treatment center, doctor’s office, library as well as every family and individual should have access to.
More Americans die every day from drug overdoses than from car accidents – an average of 129 people per day, with six out of 10 deaths related to opioids. This toolkit was developed in response to the fact that a majority of those who need help with addiction issues are not receiving it. In 2014, only 11 percent of the approximately 22.7 million Americans who needed treatment for substance use received it, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
“We are honored to partner with Members of Congress to offer individuals, families and communities important resources that will help them find support to achieve long-term recovery. We have offered our expertise for this toolkit and are pleased that Members of Congress understand the importance of making this information easily accessible and available in each Congressional district across the nation.” -Executive Director Patty McCarthy-Metcalf
Leading national and community organizations contributed to this comprehensive set of resources that includes resources around prevention, drug treatment, recovery support and general information for families, community organizations, schools, and parents concerned about addiction and seeking support. The groups who contributed to this guide include: Community Anti-Drug Coalition, the National Council, the National Association for Children of Alcoholics, the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, Shatterproof, Faces & Voices of Recovery, Legal Action Center, National Institute of Drug Abuse, and the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
In preparing this toolkit, Faces and Voices of Recovery strengthens it’s mission and dedication to organizing and mobilizing the over 23 million Americans in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, our families, friends and allies into recovery community organizations and networks, to promote the right and resources to recover through advocacy, education and demonstrating the power and proof of long-term recovery. Faces & Voices of Recovery is the parent organization of the Association of Recovery Community Organizations (ARCO) which unites and supports the growing network of local, regional and statewide recovery community organizations (RCOs). ARCO links RCOs and their leaders with local and national allies and provides training and technical assistance to groups. ARCO helps build the unified voice of the organized recovery community and fulfill our commitment to supporting the development of new groups and strengthening existing ones.
Link to Tool kit: http://media.wix.com/ugd/bfe1ed_439f2d84f59c4461a4eef39a7b00596d.pdf