The Georgia Council on Substance Abuse is an independent advocacy organization dedicated to reducing the impact of substance use disorders in our communities through education, advocacy and training. We help facilitate conversations that support the growth of recovery-focused services and support by recognizing the contributions that people in long-term recovery have made and continue to make. We provide hope.
We also lead a collaboration of addiction prevention, treatment and recovery advocates and allies in an annual event called Addiction Recovery Awareness Day at the Georgia State Capitol where we provide a unifying voice for a recovery-positive legislative agenda. As a private, nonprofit organization, we rely on the financial support of our donors to sustain our policy advocacy work. Your generous contributions help us lift up voices for recovery, so that others may hear stories of hope and happiness. Please consider joining our efforts by making a donation so that others may know that recovery is not only real, it is an expectation!
We in recovery have been part of the problem. We have both accepted and perpetuated the stigma that kept us from getting help and that has killed millions of addiction disease victims. By hiding our recovery, we have sustained the most harmful myth about addiction disease: that it is hopeless. And without the examples of recovering people, it’s easy for the public to continue thinking that victims of addiction disease are moral degenerates–and that those who recover are the morally enlightened exceptions. We are the lucky ones–the ones who got well. And it is our responsibility to change the terms of the debate, for the sake of those who still suffer.
Senator Harold Hughes (1994-1995) Coming out of the Closet to Fight Abuse. SOAR USA Bulletin Fall/Winter.