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eNewsletter: March 14, 2013  
Congressional Addiction Treatment and Recovery Caucus
Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Congressman John Fleming, M.D. (R-LA) are the new co-chairs of the Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus!  The Caucus works to educate and raise awareness among lawmakers about addiction prevention, treatment and recovery.  Please join them today in asking your member of Congress to join the Caucus.  Thanks!

The Caucus was founded in 2004 to serve as a groundbreaking forum to inform, educate and raise awareness about addiction and recovery and to increase legislative support for expanding access to care for people with addiction. The bi-partisan caucus brings members of the House and their staffs together to focus attention on their shared interest and build support for policies that will support addiction recovery.  Take action today!

White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)
ONDCP invites people in recovery, family members, friends and allies to share their stories of recovery to testify to the power of recovery to transform individuals, families and communities.  You can check it out, join; upload videos and photographs to their new Facebook page Americans in Recovery. “Together, our voices have the power to galvanize and transform. By sharing and celebrating our stories we can help dispel the fear, misunderstanding, and stigma that so often create obstacles for Americans in recovery who want to live healthy, safe, and productive lives,” said ONDCP Deputy Director of Demand Reduction, David Mineta, in launching the new page.

ONDCP Director Gil Kerlikowske will be delivering an important luncheon speech about the Obama Administration's approach to drug policy at the National Press Club on April 17, 2013.  You can submit a question in advance by putting KERLIKOWSKE in the subject line and email to before 10 a.m. on the day of the luncheon.

White Bison Trainings
Join White Bison at upcoming trainings: Mothers of Tradition Training, April 2-4, 2013 in Minneapolis and April 9-11, 2013 in Sheridan, WY.   Mending Broken Hearts for Youth Training, April 16-18, 2013 in Minneapolis.

Recovery Musicians
We hear from many incredible musicians in recovery and are going to be featuring a few of them over the coming months. Award-winning musician and teaching artist Kathy Moser, a woman in long-term recovery presents two-hour interactive songwriting workshops that give participants hands-on experience writing and recording an original song on a recovery topic.  Participants get to help run the equipment, direct the session and perform and record the song.  Her songwriting workshops for recovering people are not only fun—they develop practical recovery skills.  She also performs at treatment centers, High School and Collegiate Recovery programs across the country.  According to Moser, “A sound track makes the recovery journey a little easier and a lot more joyful.  Music by and for recovering people is a celebration and a road map.”  Guest Kathy Moser shares her passion for music and recovery and the gifts that come here.

3,000 Miles for Recovery!
Planning’s well underway for an amazing 3,000 mile walk for recovery that will take recovery community members from Bangor, Maine to Phoenix, AZ this year! The Walk kicks off on April 23rd from the Friends of the Bangor Area Recovery Network (BARN) recovery community center. To get ready, folks spent 3,000 minutes in an igloo to raise awareness and publicity; are hosting a fundraising event, all to raise funds for veterans with alcohol and drug problems and the BARN, where one of the organizers found recovery. Find out more on facebook and check out some of the great coverage on local stations here and here.

National Hispanic and Latino ATTC
The National Hispanic and Latino ATTC recently met with its advisors including (left to right) Faces & Voices board members Marco Jacome and Dona Dmitrovic, Mary Jo Mather, Cynthia Moreno-Tuohy, Viviana Horigian, and Luis García to define strategies to build capacity to address Hispanic and Latino substance abuse treatment service needs.

Reel Recovery Film Festival
The 5th Annual REEL Recovery Film Festival has issued a call for film submissions for 2013’s multi-day exhibition and recovery symposium showcasing first-time filmmakers and experienced professionals.

If you, or someone you know has a documentary, music video, short, educational, or feature film dealing with addiction/alcoholism/recovery (behavioral addictions too),  please submit a DVD or internet link for consideration. They welcome films which portray and reveal true experiences, ideologies of all sorts from all cultural and social backgrounds. Mark your calendars for Las Vegas (9/6-9/8/2013), New York City (9/27-10/3/2013), Los Angeles (10/18-10/24/2013) and Ft. Lauderdale (11/1-3/2013)! 

America Honors Recovery - Nominations due March 29, 2013
The America Honors Recovery Awards, hosted by Faces & Voices of Recovery and Caron Treatment Centers, recognizes 2013's most influential addiction recovery community leaders and organizations. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate individuals and an organization for their contributions to the growing movement to promote the reality of recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Learn more.

The Anonymous People Screening
Faces & Voices of Recovery and Congressman Tim Ryan, co-chair of the Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus, invite you to join us on April 25, 2013 for a screening of The Anonymous People in Washington, DC.
After the showing of the riveting feature documentary about the growing addiction recovery advocacy movement and its history, a Question and Answer session moderated by William Cope Moyers will include filmmaker Greg Williams and other advocates in the film.  Congratulations! to Williams for receiving the 2013 Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery Advocate of the Year award for his work producing The Anonymous People and his other contributions to the addiction recovery movement.

Toward a Recovery-focused Knowledge Base for Addiction Professionals and Recovery Support Specialists, is a new monograph by William White and Arthur Evans.

Addiction Recovery Communities as Indigenous Cultures: Implications for Professional and Scientific Collaborations, by William White, Arthur Evans, Roland Lamb and Ijeoma Achara-Abrahams looks at recovery mutual aid organizations and other grassroots, non-professional recovery support institutions as indigenous cultures and includes a checklist that can guide professional and scientific collaborations with grassroots recovery support organizations.

The Restoration of Rights Project is a tremendous resource of individual downloadable documents that profile the law and practice in each U.S. jurisdiction relating to relief from the collateral consequences of conviction. The 54 jurisdictional profiles include provisions on loss and restoration of civil rights and firearms privileges, legal mechanisms for overcoming or mitigating collateral consequences, and provisions addressing non-discrimination in employment and licensing. In addition to the full profiles, there is a set of charts covering all 50 states (plus territories and the federal system) that provide a side-by-side comparison and make it possible to see national patterns in restoration laws and policies.

Health Reform Source from the Henry J. Kaiser Foundation has everything you want to know about your state’s plans for health reform.   

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