Our Faces and Voices: Aaron Kucharski

Unknown-7Here’s an excellent film clip which helps highlight the exciting recovery advocacy that is going on in the US. People like Aaron really are going to make a difference, particularly when they are united in their message.

‘Aaron Kucharski uses the Faces & Voices recovery messaging training, Our Stories Have Power, in all aspects of his life, even once when a police officer asked him, “Have you been drinking tonight?”

He said, “No, I haven’t. I haven’t had a drink since September 6, 2003.”

Kucharski, who is the advocacy trainer for the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) – New Jersey, says there was a point in his recovery where he shifted “from the shame of addiction into the pride of recovery.”

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ManyFaces1Voice

With the release of The Anonymous People documentary film, Faces & Voices of Recovery and their partners are collaborating to launch a new campaign, ManyFaces1Voice, to engage and mobilize the newly emerging constituency to transform public attitudes and policies affecting people seeking or in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

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ManyFaces1Voice: William Cope Moyers

images‘I was invited to give a presentation at the Rotary club in downtown St Paul, where I got up there and started my talk and was telling them all about the statistics of alcoholism. I saw people like just dropping off, you know, checking their watches and people sneaking out the back door and I was losing them.

So I just decided if I was going to hold this audience and take advantage of this unique opportunity to speak at a Rotary club, I better grab them. So I literally threw the speech to the side of the podium there and said, “I am an alcoholic and an addict and I’m talking today about people like me.”

And I told them my Story, not my 12-step Story but my Story of addiction, my Story of recovery and the multiple treatments I’d had. And I had them! That was the day that I realised that the real power is in the Personal Story.’

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‘Building the science of recovery – what I have learned goes far beyond our studies (Part 1)’ by Alexandre Laudet

IMG_3049Hi, I’m Alexandre. I’m an addiction recovery scientist. I’m not in recovery.

Seeking to do science on recovery, rather than addiction, has been a liability with the National Institute of Health (NIH), American scientists’ primary source of research funding. Not being in recovery has cost me points in many sectors of the recovery community.

Most often, I feel professionally ignored at best, by colleagues who do so-called ‘real’ research – on treatment, medication or vaccine development, or (the pinnacle of research stardom), the brain …

Yet, I can’t seem to want to do anything else. I am hooked on trying to build a science of recovery. Why am I doing this?

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