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Facing Addiction: Changing The Conversation

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Facing Addiction Changing The Conversation We’ve talked often about changing the conversation around addiction. From changing the language used to talk about addiction, to shifting away from the punitive approach, there is a lot of work to be done. Advocacy groups around the country are stepping up to do their part, and it seems that they’re making a difference.

An historic event

On October 4, a group called Facing Addiction organized an incredible event – UNITE to Face Addiction – that saw tens of thousands of participants. It launched in Washington D.C. and in the group’s own words was “the beginning of changing the conversation from problems to solutions for addiction in America.”

In addition to the thousands that showed up to support the cause, Facing Addiction secured 700 partners, along with huge names in music, including Joe Walsh, Sheryl Crow, Steven Tyler and more. The Surgeon General also joined, providing insight into the first-ever report on addiction, slated for publication in 2016.

The October 4 UNITE event was just the beginning of what the group hopes will be a national movement of change. Facing Addiction isn’t just about raising awareness and changing conversations – although that’s a big part of it. It’s also about unity, bringing together the individual pieces of what it calls a “cottage industry,” where organizations around the country currently operate independently, in a way that unifies messages, goals, and solutions-oriented actions to conquer the addiction epidemic in America.

Learn more about the UNITE event and its mission here:

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Upcoming addiction awareness event: Capitol Hill Day

On the heels of the UNITE event, another addiction-centric event is happening in Washington D.C. this month: Capitol Hill Day, hosted by NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals.

Capitol Hill Day is an annual national conference. This year it will take place on Tuesday, October 13, and will focus on awareness and advocacy, particularly in relation to government and lawmakers. A range of government-based health organizations will be in attendance, including the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the National Council for Behavioral Health, among others. The NAADAC says it hopes to make the conference the “hallmark advocacy event of 2015.”

Changing conversations and saving lives

By shifting the focus away from morality and punishment, we can change the way addiction is viewed in America and literally save lives. Events like these help make that happen, one conversation at a time.

If you are struggling with addiction and need to talk to someone who can help, or if you are looking for care for a loved one who needs it, contact us. We’re here 24/7: 1-800-861-1768.

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