By our silence we let others define us. - Susan Rook
The growing grass-roots involvement of identifiable and mobilized networks of recovery communities and allied organizations fosters collaboration, advocacy and public education about the reality of addiction recovery. Each September, as part of National Recovery Month, AFR works with local community organizations and our national planning partners to host Rally for Recovery Colorado events that combine the celebration and honor of recovery with advocacy and education.
Our Board Members and volunteers maintain positions on Boards and Commissions with the intention of keeping recovery in the conversation when addiction, substance abuse, prevention and treatment are present. Some of these bodies include The Behavioral Health Transformational Council, The Behavioral Health Planning and Advisory Committee. Denver Drug Strategy Commission, Faces and Voices of Recovery, Mountain ATTC West Center, Young People In Recovery. We are dedicated as an organization to keep changing the conversation from addiction to recovery.
Peer Coach Training
Our Director has been delivering nationally recognized curriculum for recovery peer coach training for over 5 years. AFR has trained over 50 coaches in Colorado which has directly influenced those individuals recovery process as well as the hundreds of others that will come into contact with them. We currently have coaches fulfilling recovery support services in collaborative SAMHSA grants in Colorado. Additionally, AFR and peer coaches are collaborating with a large local methadone clinic to influence and evaluate the effect of recovery oriented influence on their population.
Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC), Science of Addiction and Recovery (SOAR), Media Training and Our Stories Have Power Training. All these are deliverable to individuals and groups at all levels of businesses, government, and educational institutions.
Recovery Rally Colorado
When advocates from across the country came together in 2001 to found Faces And Voices Of Recovery, a call to action stated, “for too long, a great majority of the community – those in recovery, their families and allies – have been silent about their experiences and successes. An organized recovery community was absent from the public policy debate. Society and lawmakers weren’t aware of the more than 20 million Americans in long-term recovery. Later that same year a Colorado contingency of that movement was launched here with the name “Advocates For Recovery”.