In an effort to prepare members, allies, and stakeholders for Recovery Advocacy Day at the State Capitol on February 25, 2015, the Missouri Recovery Network held a series of advocacy trainings across the state in order to better equip individuals with the tools necessary to communicate with their legislators.
These trainings were designed to provide the participant with the tools needed to be effective recovery advocates. Participants learned:
- The value and power of sharing their stories
- The importance of using recovery language to share their message
- How to effectively communicate with legislators
- The importance of relationship building as it relates to advocacy
- How to put what they learned into ACTION
In total, five trainings were held throughout the months of January and February in Sikeston, St. Louis, Kansas City, Jefferson City, and Springfield. Close to 200 individuals attended the trainings presented by Joe Hahne, MRN’s advocacy trainer.
“I would like to say thank you to everyone that participated in the advocacy/language trainings put on by MRN over the past several months,” said Hahne. “I was so pleased to so many showed up from across the state to support and learn about recovery.”
“I really see that in the state of Missouri we are making progress for recovery support services, but we still have a lot of work to do. The biggest thing I noticed throughout the trainings was the hope I saw in people’s face when they realized that they were not addicts and they just struggled with addiction. We were able to educate those in attendance that are words having immense power and we don’t have to identify ourselves as addicts.”
“Our hope for the future is people will identify themselves like this:
‘Hi my name is Joe and I am in personal long-term recovery and what that means is I have struggled with addiction, but today I’m eight years clean, I’m a father, a business owner, and a productive tax paying member of my community.’
So many saw the hope in words like this and as the trainer for MRN we are committed to helping people find this hope.”
To schedule an advocacy/recovery language training with the Missouri Recovery Network, please e-mail us.