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Disrupting Stigma by Strengthen Recovery!

Addiction is a public health crisis. Yet the stigma of addiction causes shame and discrimination, which become barriers to care.  Given this reality, only a small fraction of the people who desperately need help will find recovery, while 9 out of 10 people struggling with addiction will be left without treatment.

Yet, all across America, there are individuals who once battled addiction and now live healthy and productive lives, in recovery. Instead of being admired and sought out to inspire others, the stigma of addiction continues to keep them silent and invisible. This perpetuates the belief that addiction is shameful, recovery is elusive and treatment (if any) is focused on crisis intervention and short-term behavioral change — rather than long-term health and wellness.

The discrimination and stigma associated with addiction has made it nearly impossible to identify who in our country is in recovery.  Without role-model, what can we aspire toward?

Center for Open Recovery (COR) is leading the charge to end the stigma of addiction by empowering people in recovery to step out of the shadows of shame, shift the public’s understanding about outcomes and help tackle this health crisis.

Through bold initiatives in education, advocacy, and transformative personal experiences in community, COR is mobilizing ‘Open Recovery’ – as a social justice movement, a positive recovery identity and a paradigm-shift, as an affront to the stigma of addiction. Open Recovery inspires, supports and demands change in the ways we respond to addiction in the Bay Area and beyond.

The Power of OPEN Recovery

Those once silenced by stigma, are empowered to step forward and live fully integrated, connected and vibrant lives. By doing so they not only experience more joy and connections — they offer new hope, dignity and possibilities for those still struggling. Open Recovery is a movement, a framework and a way of life. It is time for people in recovery to step out of the shadows of shame, to use our voices and share our stories to end the stigma and inspire others to find what we know is possible…recovery.

COR: A Tenderloin Tale

Published in the UK:  Ezri Carlebach, writer, lecturer, consultant, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Institute of Internal Communication, shares his experience as a non-drinker following a visit to SF’s Tenderloin District and working with Center for Open Recovery.

Women changing the status-quo. Open Recovery is empowerment.

Listen to COR executive director, Fay Zenoff, interviewed by Lauren Schiller – host of Inflection Point, a nationally syndicated radio program focusing on women in positions of power and leadership. Episodes uncover the potential of women to transform our world. Fay discusses the power of Open Recovery and changing the way we think about, discuss and respond to addiction.

Disrupt the Stigma of Addiction to End Discrimination.

The rates of alcohol-involved emergency room (ER) visits in San Francisco is nearly 3 times the national average.

(2014, NIH report)

Approximately 7% of the Bay Area adult population is struggling with addiction, yet only 1 in 10 will receive treatment this year.
(National Institute on Drug Abuse)

Opioid overdose  (mostly prescribed medications) is the leading cause of drug-related deaths globally—greater than all illegal street drugs combined.
(2014 UN World Drug Report)

Recovery from Addiction is Possible:


Approximately 500,000 adults in San Francisco Bay Area are in recovery.  Where are you?
(SAMHSA study)


23 million adults in the US are are in long-term recovery from addiction.
(Partnership at and the New York State office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services)

Center for Open Recovery (COR)

COR, an independent nonprofit based in San Francisco,  is responding to the opioid overdose and drug addiction epidemic by shattering stereotypes and disrupting stigma, to end discrimination so that more people can find the resources and support needed to live healthily.

Formerly, The National Council on Alcoholism and other Drug Addictions, Bay Area – COR remains driven by the vision of NCADD founder, Marty Mann –to help people find and stay in recovery from addiction. We accomplish this through bold media, local advocacy, and empowering personal experiences in community that invite individuals (and their families), to come forward and breakout of the shadows and isolation of shame. It’s time to OPEN UP about Recovery!


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