Recovery Advocacy Action Week - Day 2


The nation's recovery community has been instrumental in making this year's "Recovery Advocacy Action Week" a stigma-smashing success.

As the week kicked off on Monday, May 2, more than 500 people shared their recovery status via images on social media – using the hashtag #ThisIsWhatRecoveryLooksLike. The walls of many of the major social platforms were awash with the hope and encouragement that a life in recovery can bring for those impacted by substance use disorders and mental health concerns.

Day 2 was just as inspiring (if not more so!). Campaign organizers asked participants to go a little deeper into their recovery stories, using the hashtag #OurStoriesHavePower. More than 100 shared their stories on Instagram and Twitter, while OVER 1,000 were using and actively engaging with the moniker on Facebook. We'd say that makes Day 2 a HUGE success and one the recovery community and organizers should be proud of.

The annual weeklong campaign is a partnership with Minnesota Recovery Connection, in collaboration with the Altarum Institute, Faces and Voices of Recovery, Faces and Voices of Recovery-Canada, Facing Addiction, Young People in Recovery (YPR) and Rights for Recovery. 

Robert Ashford, PRS, is a man in long-term recovery who advocates for recovery, behavioral health, criminal justice reform and other social justice issues. Soon to graduate from the University of North Texas, he is on his way to the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice. A regular contributor to the Huffington Post, Renew Magazine, Addiction Unscripted and our Institute for Recovery Advocacy, he is also the founder of the multi-author advocacy platform, Rights for Recovery.
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