The Power of Collective Action & Leadership
To tackle the addiction crisis in America we must look both “up-steam & down-stream” for solutions. Complex issues to be addresses, include: health care access equity, broader prevention models, the integration of physical and mental healthcare, long-term oriented treatment models, ending stigma, addressing racism, health insurance parity, de-criminalizing addiction, increased investment in cures/solutions/research, extensive education during medical school, access to reversal tools for first responders, monitoring the distribution of pharmaceutical medications & medical prescriptions, policies and regulations curbing corporate lobbying by “big alcohol”, community safety programs, an increase in affordable housing, greater employment opportunities, etc. These issues are intertwined and often inseparable.
COR has a long history of partnering with other social justice, municipal, advocacy-oriented, service-providers, and public health agencies – in local communities, at the State-level, with nationally focused groups and with organizations that address these issues and operate internationally.
To call out two such collaborations currently, we are proud to be part of Facing Addiction’s Community Action Network and are inspired by partnering with Canada’s She Recovers.
Below are some community oriented offerings by COR and local coalitions with which COR is/has been engaged.
Open Recovery Education for Employees & Employers
COR’s innovative workshops & presentations engage and educate participants about health, wellness, inclusion & diversity – through the lens of recovery from addiction in the workplace. The creation of recovery-conducive work environments, supports individual health, enhances organizational sensitivity, expands diversity and reduces the costs associated with lost productivity resulting from addiction recovery issues. The interactive and customization workshops address:
- Audit of current work environment: structural, social and personal norms, policies and culture related to drinking/drugging, addiction/ recovery, health & wellness
- Support for employees in recovery and those impacted by addiction
- Resources available beyond EAP crisis intervention/recovery programs
- What ‘Open Recovery’ is and why it is important
- Develop recovery-conducive work environments
To learn more about Open Recovery education in the workplace, please contact Fay Zenoff at 415-296-9047 or Fay@OpenRecoverySF.org.
Building Recovery-Ready Communities
COR has been actively engaged in local coalitions and with community partners to increase the efficacy of our individual efforts which promote health and safety for the benefit of all individuals, families and under-resourced neighborhoods across San Francisco and Bay Area.
Health and safety initiatives strengthen ‘Recovery Ready’ communities which support those in recovery to live, work and socialize in healthier environments (rather than toxic environments which can be demoralizing, isolating and trigger relapse). COR aims to not only help prevent relapse, decrease usage and reduce the consequences of addiction – but also to support environments which foster recovery and support wellness for all.
To learn more about our Environmental Advocacy, please contact Pedro Torres at 415-296-9921 or Pedro@OpenRecoverySF.org.