End Stigma in Open Recovery

Celebrate Recovery in SF & LA September 2018 - Recovery Month. Details to come!

 

This is what
Open Recovery looks like.

No shame. Share life in recovery with family and friends.

 

Live Out Loud
in OPEN Recovery.

Raise awareness, change understanding and offer hope.

End Stigma. Be Open about Recovery.

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 causes and outcomes, eliminate descrimation preventing care and help tackle the addiction crisis.

Addiction is a public health crisis. Yet the stigma associated has caused barriers to help.  Given this reality, only a small fraction of the people who desperately need help find recovery, while 9 out of 10 people struggling with addiction are left without treatment.

Yet all across America, there are individuals who once battled addiction who now live healthy, happy and productive lives, in recovery. Instead of being esteemed as role-models, the stigma of addiction keeps them silent and invisible. This perpetuates the belief that addiction is shameful, recovery is elusive and treatment (if any) is crisis based intervention.

The discrimination and stigma associated with addiction has made it nearly impossible to identify who in our country is in recovery.  Without the inspiration and know-how from those who have succeeded, how can we aspire to help more people find what is virtually invisible?

Being anonymous about membership in a fellowship or having discretion about with whom to discuss what it was like does not contradict with the value and importance of being open about one’s recovery.

The Power of OPEN Recovery

Having felt once silenced by shame for their addiction, people are now stepping forward to shatter negative stereotypes and demonstrate that they can live fully integrated, connected and vibrant lives – Open in Recovery. By doing so, we not only have sense of personal integrity and self-respect, we create paths and connections that offer new promises of possibilities for those still struggling.

In Open Recovery we share our experiences to shed light on what life is like today, and in doing so we remove barriers that prevent others from finding the help they need and deserve. Are you OPEN?

COR Featured in New York Times

“People are dying who don’t need to die,” Executive Director of COR, Fay Zenoff said. “If it were safe for more people to say, ‘I’m in recovery,’ I think many more people could say, ‘I need help.’ ”

Zenoff was profiled about her personal addiction journey and how public perception of addiction as a moral failing or criminal matter prevents access to treatment. The story describes the Open Recovery movement and how COR is leading a grassroots effort to eliminate the stigma of addiction to change the way people think about and respond to one of the most urgent public health issues of our time.

Women changing the Status-Quo

Listen to COR executive director, Fay Zenoff, interviewed by Lauren Schiller – host of Inflection Point, the 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 Shame. Open Recovery.

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:

500

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

23,000,000

23 million adults in the US are are in long-term recovery from addiction.
(Partnership at Drugfree.org 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 drug addiction epidemic in the Bay Area and beyond by working to end stigma and discrimination (at home, at work and in the community), so people find the help and long-term support they deserve to live a life with dignity and purpose, free from addiction .

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