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Leading an Organization That Hope to Remove the Shame of Recovery from Addiction and Bring Those Stories to the Light of Day

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WHEN FAY ZENOFF became executive director of the Bay Area chapter of the National Council on Alcoholism in 2014, she decided that the organization needed a new, more vibrant focus. Yes, addiction was having a huge impact on the country. Zenoff, an MBA with years of corporate experience, could see it from her office window in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District. But where could her organization have the most impact? Zenoff enlisted the Harvard Business School’s Community Partners to help her clarify her mission. She and her staff knew that there were resources (though not enough) for people who had reached crisis stage and needed treatment. But what about for the 23 million Americans currently living in recovery from addiction? It was a subject that Zenoff, a Larkspur resident, knew well. She’s been sober almost 10 years herself. After much brainstorming, Zenoff and her staff decided they could do the greatest...
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COR in the New York Times

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“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.

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Open Recovery in Marin Magazine

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COR Executive Director Fay Zenoff was profiled in the June 2017 issue of Marin Magazine and shared about the burgeoning Open Recovery movement, how public perception of addiction as a moral failing or criminal matter prevents access to treatment, 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.

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Open to Hope TV: The Intersection Between Sibling Loss, Addiction and Recovery feat. Fay Zenoff

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Open to Hope is an online community offering inspirational stories of loss, hope and recovery through TV, radio, articles and books. Each episode of Open to Hope TV showcases people who have suffered loss and again found hope. On this episode, Dr. Gloria Horsley, Dr. Heidi Horsley and Alan Pedersen, Executive Director of The Compassionate Friends, talk to COR Executive Director Fay Zenoff and Julia Sachs about the challenges of coping with the deaths of their siblings, Victor, Paul and Kristian. The show closes with Amy Cooper singing ‘In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning,’ a song originally made famous by Frank Sinatra. 

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Documentary at M-A on rescuing teens from drug addiction

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“Generation Found,” a documentary about a community effort to help teenagers recover from drug addiction, will be shown Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Performing Arts Center at Menlo-Atherton High School at 555 Middlefield Road in Atherton. The film begins at 7:15 p.m, preceded by a reception from 6:30 to 7 p.m., and remarks by Fay Zenoff, executive director of the Center for Open Recovery, a San Francisco-based nonprofit working with individuals, families and communities to remove the stigma of addiction. Click here for tickets and to see the trailer. This event is part of M-A’s Parent Education Series. Sponsors are D’Anne Burwell, author of “Saving Jake: When Addiction Hits Home”; the Sequoia Healthcare District; and the Sequoia Union High School District.

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