RECOVERY ADVOCACY DAY
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Who Should Attend:
- Individuals in recovery from a substance use disorder
- Family members impacted by the disease of addiction
- Behavioral health professionals dedicated to solutions
- Community members/allies who support recovery efforts and solutions
Why Should You Attend:
- We must elevate awareness and conversations around substance use disorders and educate on solutions that promote recovery.
- We must be a resource for Missouri legislators as they discuss strategies for reducing the misuse/abuse of opioids and other drugs.
- Our powerful stories will provide policy makers with the proof that when individuals living with alcohol and other drug problems have the needed recovery resources to get well, families, communities and our state benefit. Changed lives lead to changed communities!
- Our unity and stories will reveal to Missouri legislators that recovery is POSSIBLE and REAL! We must educate them on the many obstacles individuals and families face when attempting to initiate and sustain long term recovery. We must speak out for those who have lost their battle against this chronic illness and speak for those currently struggling who cannot yet speak for themselves.
- Wednesday, February 15, 2017 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
· We will meet at the Jefferson City Hotel Governor, 200 Madison Street, Jefferson City (public parking garage across the street on Madison and parking along the street). We will then walk united to the state Capitol and make visits with our policy makers (we encourage you to call and set up appointments with your state Representative and Senator in early January). To contact your state representative and senator, use this website http://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup. Begin establishing a relationship with your state Representative and Senator and his/her legislative staff!
What Will Happen that Day
- Advocacy/Message Training prior to attending the Capitol
- Legislative Visits at the State Capitol
- Networking Opportunity over Lunch
Our community and policy makers know what active addiction looks like but do they know what recovery looks like, what recovery means, and what individuals need to obtain and sustain their recovery? WE must educate them on the barriers people face when trying to initiate and sustain recovery! WE must put a face and voice on recovery and show them that people can and do get well if provided the needed recovery supports! WE must unite and break the stigma and shame surrounding this chronic illness! We encourage you to join us and share this invitation with others!
Registration is required for the event. This event is FREE. To Register, click HERE! When you register you will see the agenda for the day.
This event is sponsored by the Missouri Recovery Network and the Missouri Coalition of Recovery Support Providers