On October 4, 2015 a transformative event will take place in Washington, DC that will ignite and build a movement to address one of the most pressing health issues of our time.
Long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs is a reality for over 23 million Americans, and is one of our nation's best-kept secrets. Regardless of the paths people have chosen to enter recovery, their lives and the lives of their families, friends, neighbors, co-workers and communities are vastly improved as a result. They are living proof that there are real solutions to the devastation of addiction.
While recovery from addiction is a reality, more than 350 Americans die each day—one every four minutes—from a drug overdose or alcohol-related event. Another 22 million Americans are still suffering from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.
Where is the national outrage about this needless loss of life, the costs to families and the economy, and more importantly, the demand for solutions? We know that addiction is preventable, is treatable, and that people can and do get well.
Too many of those affected have been incarcerated. They and others are afraid to speak up about the failed policies and poor care due to long-standing stigma and discriminatory public policies. They are not recognized as a political force because politicians assume they don't vote and, indeed, many have had their voting rights revoked.
For too long, a great majority of people connected to addiction has remained silent.
The time is now to end that silence.
NCADD is a UNITE to Face Addiction partner. We're urging our constituency of supporters and other invested individuals and organizations to join with us in urging this important initiative forward. For more information, see our partner webpage.
The UNITE to Face Addiction rally is being organized by Facing Addiction Inc., a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to finding solutions to the addiction crisis, as well as an independent coalition of national, state, and local nonprofit organizations.