January Recovery Talk 

FOR-NY Executive Director, Stephanie Campbell

Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Friends,
January is a time of renewal and a call to action. It is a time in which we celebrate the life and legacy of one of the most powerful advocates of the 20th century – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. FOR-NY honors the values that Dr. King personified. The same values that so many of you exemplify in your day-to-day advocacy work: courage, compassion, justice, dignity, humility and service. Even though members of the recovery community experience discrimination, you inspire change in the hearts and minds of decision makers to see people impacted by addiction as more than their illness through your embodiment of unconditional love, forgiveness, and passion.

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FOR-NY Training Workshop

Peer Recovery Professionals (Recovery Coaches and Peer Advocates)

The Who, Where and How
Recently a mutual aid group member, specifically a “12 Stepper” asked “What’s a recovery coach/peer advocate? And how is that different from a sponsor or a counselor?” We realized that even in the world of recovery, not everyone knows about peer recovery professionals! 

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Countdown to Stand Up for Recovery Day - March 6th!

Stand Up for Recovery Day is only 7 weeks away! You are invited to stand with FOR-NY during Stand Up for Recovery Day in Albany on March 6th. Register today in order to join with other members of the recovery community as we stand together in Albany to educate our lawmakers about the importance of supporting prevention, treatment, and recovery services in New York.

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The New York Statehouse

Policy Corner

Friends of Recovery – New York attended the Governor’s 2018 State of the State Address on January 3. The State of the State book may be accessed by clicking here. We are very pleased that reversing the opioid epidemic was stated multiple times in the address as well as other issues of importance to the recovery community including—reforms in housing and criminal justice; implementing prevention strategies for young people; enhancing the nonprofit workforce and expanding telehealth services. The mere admittance that there is a drug overdose problem in New York State, exemplifies the advocacy work of recovery warriors throughout the state. It is of utmost importance that the recovery community is informed of the components of the State of the State so we know what is being proposed and what we need to continue to demand as a recovery community. Below is an outline of what the recovery community should know.

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The FOR-NY Team Gets Some New Members!

There are a few new faces in the office at FOR-NY! We have added four new members to the FOR-NY team. Over the past few months, we have been excited to welcome two new additions to our staff and two new members of the board.

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