I have been battling addiction since the age of 12 and I’ve had years of sobriety followed by years of relapses. My best time high doesn’t come close to my worse time sober. I am no longer a slave to addiction. I don’t have to be the person I once was. It’s a freeing feeling not waking up sick worrying about the next high. I have hope and faith and real friends. I can hold my head up high, be proud of who I am, and be open about my recovery. It’s a battle but a battle I’m not willing to lose. I wake up with faith and joy! One day at a time I get stronger! The struggle is real. My name is Raeanne and #THISISRECOVERY.
…Today, we focus on empowering an ignored, invisible and silent population — the more than 500,000 people in the Bay Area living in recovery from addiction. We do this work through advocacy and education, via media campaigns and transformative experiences. We want to shatter negative stereotypes that lead to shame, stigma and backlash. Read the story here.
“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.