Facing Addiction: Caucus for Addiction Solutions
SANDUSKY ARTISANS RECOVERY COMMUNITY CENTER
FROM: Andy Ouriel: SANDUSKY REGISTER NEWSPAPER
CLEVELAND — Educational caucuses will address prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery service gaps and the need for a national unified approach to the crisis and public safety responses, while wellness rooms will Support delegates in recovery from addiction.
Sandusky Artisans Recovery Community Center 138 E. Market St. Sandusky, Ohio will be joining a national effort to support elected delegates in recovery from addiction at the Democratic and Republican political conventions. As a part of the Action Network for Facing Addiction, which convened the country’s largest non-profit advocacy coalition ever assembled dedicated to eliminating the addiction crisis.
Sandusky Artisans Recovery Community Center is a Facing Addiction Action Network Member and will assist in hosting Recovery and Wellness Rooms in both Cleveland and Philadelphia. Executive Director Joey Supina of Sandusky Artisans will be on a panel on July 19th at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 1375 E. 9th St., Cleveland, Ohio. He will be presenting the Many Pathways to Recovery. In addition to supporting those in recovery Facing Addiction will also include educational caucuses focused on the national crisis of addiction, a focal point for both parties and the subject of pending bipartisan legislation. Educational caucuses will focus on expanding treatment standards and services, anti-defamation and reduction of stigma around the disease, criminal justice reform and public safety issues, mainstreaming health services to standardize addiction services for better parity and putting a human face to this national crisis.
Participants will include elected officials working on the final drafts of Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), celebrities and other thought leaders who have brought national attention to the issue of addiction or worked to manifest policy change.
Sandusky Artisans Recovery Community Center is a Facing Addiction Action Network Member. Sandusky Artisans Recovery Community Center 138 E. Market St. Sandusky, Ohio envisions a world community where recovery from substance use and/or mental health challenges are viewed as public health issues, Sandusky Artisans promotes universal access to prevention, treatment and recovery and the immediate resources and support to achieve those goals of health and wellness, to lead a self-directed life and to reach the full potential that long term recovery brings, free from stigma and discrimination.
Sandusky Artisan Recovery Community Center is a peer to peer operated Recovery Community Center dedicated to organizing and mobilizing peers in recovery, their families, friends, allies of the recovery movement, community organizations and networks that promote access to immediate treatment and the resources to long term recovery through peer to peer support services, education, the elimination of stigma and discrimination, the arts and to further the development of the rights and dignity of those in Recovery.
The Caucus for Addiction Solutions will “first and foremost, nurture the recovery for those delegates at the conventions and is core to our mission,” said Greg Williams, CoFounder of Facing Addiction. “With a significant amount of delegates and other luminaries at the conventions living lives in recovery, Facing Addiction as the largest advocacy network in the country and is happy to provide wellness and support space for anyone who wishes to come by.”
Death from drug overdose is now the leading cause of death in people under the age of 50 surpassing car accidents and gun deaths. Both the CDC and The Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration (SAMHSA) have released data that rates of opiate addiction are the highest ever recorded with more than 21 Million Americans in need of treatment. In many states, voters have listed addiction as the top concern affecting their voting decisions. “It is because of the tireless work of the members of our action network that we are able to provide support for those in recovery at the conventions and we have an opportunity to bring together the best minds at both conventions to achieve better policy change, especially as (CARA) becomes law,” said Jim Hood, Co-Founder and CEO of Facing Addiction. “Our coalition has worked with both parties in the House and Senate all year on the two versions of the bills and are proud of the bi-partisan cooperation that is both unique and abundant on this issue. It speaks to both the urgency and severity of the crisis.”
Currently, a conference delegation is working to reconcile the two versions of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act passed by the House and Senate earlier this year. The House voted Friday July 8 passed the new version 407-5 in a massive display of bipartisan unity.
Schedules of events and speakers at both conventions is available at www.facingaddiction.org Facing Addiction (www.facingaddiction.org) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to unifying the voice of the over 45 million Americans and their families directly impacted by addiction. Facing Addiction is bringing together the best resources in the field in order to reduce the human and social costs of addiction, every year, until this public health crisis is eliminated. The organization was launched in historic fashion on October 4th, 2015 from the National Mall at the UNITE to Face Addiction Rally when for the first time tens of thousands of individuals joined together with major musicians, politicians, actors, athletes, models, journalists, and authors to end the collective silence surrounding addiction and recovery.