Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States.
That’s just one of the many statistics that could be taken as an indication that the War on Drugs was an utter failure.
But if demonizing and stigmatizing addiction doesn’t help people find recovery, how can we start creating a new path?
It all begins with changing perceptions about addiction and the people that struggle with it each day. New views and attitudes can set off a chain reaction own state and local policies, research funding, prevention efforts and recovery support efforts — ultimately saving lives.
It’s a lofty goal, but one that we can approach like we do everything else in recovery: One day at a time.
If you’d like to start, listen to this week’s Man Rules podcast with guests Patty McCarthy Metcalf, M.S., the Executive Director of Faces & Voices of Recovery, and Michael King, the National Director of Outreach & Engagement for Facing Addiction.
Here are their tips for starting this path.
Practical & Tactical Tips
About Our Guest
Michael King is the National Director of Outreach & Engagement for Facing Addiction, a national non-profit organization whose primary mission is to unify the voices of the 45 million Americans directly impacted by addiction. In his position, Michael works with and to expand Facing Addiction’s coalition of partnering organizations, the Facing Addiction Action Network. In the past, Michael worked for over a decade in the political arena as a political organizer, campaign manager and communications professional. He is the proud father of two young children, and a person in long term recovery.
Patty McCarthy Metcalf, M.S., is the Executive Director of Faces & Voices of Recovery, the nation’s leading recovery advocacy organization since 2001. Her work focuses on public policy, public education, community mobilizing, peer-based recovery support services and peer workforce development. She has been instrumental in the development of national accreditation standards for peer recovery support service. Patty has designed and delivered training on topics such as recovery messaging, ethics and boundaries, recovery-oriented systems of care (ROSC), peer recovery coaching and much more. As a woman in long-term recovery from alcohol and drug addiction since 1989, Ms. McCarthy Metcalf has frequently participated as a subject matter expert and thought leader with SAMHSA sponsored policy discussions. Ms. McCarthy Metcalf’s professional experience covers the spectrum of prevention, treatment and recovery.
Mentioned in This Episode
Facing Addiction in America, Executive Summary
Facing Addiction in America, Full U.S. Surgeon General’s Report
Rat Race, by Bob Marley (lyrics)
Mom (TV Show on CBS)
Reliable resources for learning more about addiction and finding help for yourself, a friend, or a family member.