Words are Important!
“Faces & Voices groundbreaking messaging advances the recovery agenda. Thousands of people have been trained using the Our Stories Have Power recovery messaging tools. They are sharpening their skills as recovery communicators, learning how to tell their story with a purpose.” Faces and Voices of Recovery
“Words are important. If you want to care for something, you call it a ‘flower’; if you want to kill something, you call it a ‘weed’.”Don Coyhis, White Bison Wellbriety
Recovery Communities of North Carolina is happy to host messaging training for your community or organization. Learn that it is okay to speak openly about addiction and recovery. Learn that our combined stories can create change. Please contact email@example.com for details.
Your Recovery Story Has Power!
Your personal story can be very powerful. The way that stories are shared among those in recovery may not resonate with
the general public because frequently they focus on your periods of active addiction. Practice and training can help you learn the most important points to make and the language that will get your story across. Focus on recovery and on barriers that prevent people from getting treatment and sustaining their recovery. Here are a few guidelines:
- Make it personal: Keep your story simple and in the present tense, so that it’s real and understandable. Help people understand that recovery means that you, or the person that you are about, are no longer using alcohol or other drugs. You can do this by saying “long-term recovery,” talking about stability and mentioning the length of time that you are that person have been in recovery.
- Talk about your recovery, not your addiction: Help people understand that there’s more to recovery than not using alcohol or other drugs, and that part of recovery is creating a better life.
- Where should I speak out? Start by talking with one other person, a friend or neighbor or a small group. As you become more comfortable, expand your audience. As you gain more experience, you may want to speak publicly or privately with your city council, state legislators or other public officials.
- How can I advocate if I’m uncomfortable speaking publicly? There are many ways to support recovery! You can write letters to your local newspaper responding to an article: or submit an Op-Ed piece on topics like expanding insurance coverage for treatment or making recovery housing available to people newly in recovery. Write to or visit your elected officials, or some stereotypes they may hold. Policy makers often relate best to real, human stories of their constituents and your story will help them understand how policies impact people who are rebuilding their lives.
- Speaking Opportunities—Join us for our Recovery Message Trainings
Share Your Story on Social Media:
Social Media—A Tool for Advocacy and Celebrating Recovery Community
In today’s world, social media is a powerful tool to offset the sensational and demeaning mass media portrayals of people caught in addiction’s downward spiral. As a recovery community organization we use our social media platforms to celebrate the milestones of those in our recovery community and we want faces and voices from all over our state. We believe that through effective messaging we can eliminate shame and secrecy, challenge deeply rooted social stigmas, and facilitate a positive conversation around addiction and recovery in our community.