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.
There are more than 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery and more than 23 million Americans that have yet to find recovery. To put this in perspective, that is 7% of the population of the United States of America living in long-term recovery and another 7% of the population of the United States of America that have yet to find recovery. In other words, our voice is strong!
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.
The recovery movement is growing in strength and numbers every day. With the passing of Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act and Ban the Box more attention is being placed on substance use disorders. We encourage each and every one of you to get involved and know your rights as a person with substance use disorder. Please visit the links below to continue your involvement in the recovery movement.