Center for Open Recovery champions long-term recovery by ending the stigma of addiction.
Center for Open Recovery envisions a world in which people affected by substance use disorders have broad access to resources that support their long-term wellness, health and dignity.
About Center for Open Recovery
Center for Open Recovery (COR) is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization working to end the stigma of addiction.
Taking our lead from social justice movements and radical public health campaigns of the past, COR utilizes change strategies that have fundamentally altered the way our society treats, values and protects the rights of people who otherwise have been subjugated.
Working within a social-impact model, we strive to reach, compel, invite and inspire those in long-term recovery to become agents of change by coming out of the closet. We call this Open Recovery.
We recognize the drug addiction crisis plaguing our country cannot be resolved through jail sentences, deportation or short-term, crisis-intervention models of care.
Why be open?
With 23 million people in this country living in long-term recovery, there is an untapped constituency with the potential to radically alter the course of this public health crisis. Individually and collectively, by simply being open about life today — people can demystify recovery, destigmatize addiction, and change the horrific fact that millions of people struggling with substance use disorders are neglected, criminalized and left dying from a that is treatable.
Successful social justice movements have demonstrated that it is the people who themselves are most marginalized (e.g., women without a vote, LGBTQ without legal protection, HIV and AIDS victims without access to care), can rise together with families and allies – to become the most compelling and powerful voices influencing change — in understanding, action, behavior, investment, treatment, and rights.
What stands in the way of harnessing the power of people in recovery?
Stigma. How do we reach those who remain invisible and silent who wish to avoid backlash and consequences associated with addiction?
We destigmatize addiction and recovery
COR works destigmatize addiction and recovery through re-branding recovery through bold media campaigns and recovery-empowering events. Our work is to shift the public’s understanding about the prevalence and power of recovery – which is everywhere. We invite people in recovery – who have until now have stayed in the shadows to see positive reflections of themselves – a call to own their recovery.
Embracing the paradigm of Open Recovery, COR offers people the opportunity to integrate their recovery with all the other parts of their lives. We embolden people to take part in greater investment, advocacy, and action to tackle the disease of addiction. Join us. BE OPEN.
‘This is What Recovery Looks Like”