On Thursday, May 1, 2008 advocates from across the state gathered for the MRN Annual Recovery Rally in Jefferson City. The event featured keynote speakers Tom Coderre, National Field Director of Faces and Voices of Recovery (FAVOR), Washington DC; and Mike Barry, President of People Advocating Recovery (PAR), Kentucky.
Mr. Coderre commended MRN for our efforts in recovery advocacy. He presented information on the current recovery movement taking place nationwide and the Recovery Voices Count Project, a civic engagement campaign. MRN was recently honored by FAVOR with an invitation to participate in this national campaign.
The intent of this project is to encourage advocates around the country to become involved in nonpartisan voting activities so their voices can be heard at the local, state, and national levels. Mr. Corderre, a former State Senator in long term recovery, also provided technical assistance on how people in recovery including families, friends, and allies can develop effective “messaging skills” to share their message and stories with policy makers to accurately shape and change attitudes and policies regarding addiction.
Marta Nolin, Department of Corrections; Ann Wilson, Missouri Drug Courts Alcohol and Drug Abuse Coordinator; and Daphne Walker-Thoth, Executive Director, Committed Caring Faith Communities also shared their efforts, perspectives and successes in recovery work.
A nine member panel including representatives from 12-Step Programs, Voluntary and Mandated Treatment, Family Recovery, Drug Courts, Faith Based Recovery, Co-occurring Disorders, and Medication Assisted Recovery engaged participants in discussion on the many paths to recovery..It matters not how you get there, just get there!
One day—dedicated to educating, networking and unifying our voices to promote recovery in Missouri. One day—well spent celebrating recovery and encouraging those in recovery to Step Up and Speak Out! It is our collective strength that will ensure our success! One day at a time!