ManyFaces1Voice: Carol McDaid

“You know, Americans love a good redemption story and recovery is a great one to tell.”

Check out the video of Carol McDaid on ManyFaces1Voice. She is a woman in long-term recovery since 1997 and is co-founder and Principal of Capitol Decisions Inc. Capitol Decisions focuses on federal policy, with a special emphasis on alcohol and other drug policy.

For over 15 years, Carol has worked with leading non-profit drug and alcohol treatment centers, addiction physicians, prevention and consumer organizations to refine public policy addressing alcohol and other drug addiction.

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Mark Gilman: Positive social networks and recovering from addiction

‘No one can do it for you and you can’t do it alone’, get on the boat, any boat, and talk about the technique / route later and don’t do it on your own!’

Early In June, I blogged about what Bill White refers to as a recovery carrier. ‘Recovery carriers are people, usually in recovery, who make recovery infectious to those around them by their openness about their recovery experiences, their quality of life and character, and the compassion for and service to people still suffering from alcohol and other drug problems.’

Well, many people in the UK will know Mark Gilman as a recovery carrier par excellence. Mark has been advocating for recovery for  number of years now and has almost certainly visited more recovery communities and initiatives than anyone in the UK. He is one of the funniest people you will ever hear talk about recovery. Mark also shows that you don’t need to be in recovery to be a great advocate.

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ManyFaces1Voice: Danielle Tarino

rsz_1unknown“There’s a whole entire generation of us dying to tell you our Story because it’s true and because it’s relevant. And because it’s not an issue that can be ignored. There is light at the end of the tunnel. We are on the verge of an honest change. i can feel it in the air.”

Danielle Tarino is a person in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drugs since age 19. Danielle graduated from Rutgers University as a member of the Rutgers Recovery House on campus with a degree in political science and psychology.

Resulting from her own personal experience graduating from a supportive collegiate recovery program, Danielle has harnessed the opportunity to bring the lived youth recovery voice to Washington, D.C. serving as a Public Health Advisor for the federal government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery

This documentary, ‘From Addiction To Recovery’, made by Russell Brand and colleagues is well worth watching. Russell has been doing a great job in advocating for change in the addiction health care system.

Russell talks about Amy Winehouse, his addiction to drugs and alcohol (and its impact on other people), the sadness inside, his entry and time in rehab, and much more.

What do you think about the documentary?