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April 30, 2017

The Power of Open Recovery!

Addiction is a public health crisis. Yet the stigma of addiction causes shame and discrimination which become barriers to recovery.  Therefore, just a small fraction of the people who desperately need help find it, while 9 out of 10, go without treatment.

All across America, there are millions of people who once battled addiction and are now living healthy and productive lives, in recovery. Instead of being able to share and inspire others, the stigma of addiction continues to keep them silent and invisible.

This means outside of treatment centers and the rooms of support groups, it is nearly impossible for the millions of people impacted by addiction to identify who is in recovery and therefore to know what is possible.

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 this month 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.

End the Stigma of Addiction to End Discrimination & Shame.

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) champions long-term recovery, by ending the stigma of addiction. Formerly, The National Council on Alcoholism and other Drug Addictions, Bay Area – COR remains driven by the vision of NCADD founder, Marty Mann – to end stigma and help people find and stay in recovery from addiction. We accomplish this through bold media, local advocacy, empowering events which 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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