A few weeks ago I was sitting at my desk writing a congratulatory message to someone in recovery for their sober birthday. My favorite part of this work is to see someone make a change and thrive in their recovery.
Then I hear sirens for what feels like the third time that week and emergency responders are on their way to the street my office is on. A place where a homeless camp has been set up for weeks. It’s filled with people who have no place else to go – no more options. And they have been selling drugs, doing drugs, and overdosing for weeks.
How can this be happening, I wondered as I watched yet another body lifted into the ambulance. These people overdose, the emergency responders show up to take them away, and they end up right back here in a few days time. Why does no one help them, a coworker asked out loud. She took the words right out of my mouth.
On one side of the street, there’s hope and on the other hopelessness and fear. The only thing that is dividing the two is a small street, right? If only it were that simple.
We can do better. But how? Today’s guest doesn’t only know how the organization he represents has an action plan in motion. And guess what? It involves you, me, neighbors, friends, and family.
Facing Addiction is a national nonprofit dedicated to finding solutions to the addiction crisis by unifying the voice of over 45 million Americans and their families impacted by addiction. It has recently merged with NCADD (The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence), and their action network is the most prominent coalition of organizations ever assembled around addiction and recovery.
Representatives are from diverse areas of interest, including people in long-term recovery, family advocates, prevention and education leaders, public health specialists, labor officials, faith leaders, justice professionals, and more.
Without further ado, I sat down with a very busy Michael King who is the National Director of Outreach and Engagement to talk more about how and what our communities could be doing better.
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