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.”

Now he helps other people learn the language of recovery and how to advocate for recovery by telling their stories in a positive way at rallies and through letter-writing campaigns and letters to an editor.

Kucharski says there are many reasons for recovery stories to be seen and heard. “We need to define what it is for people in recovery to show people that there’s help, and that we can remove barriers; we can make sure that more people get into recovery.”

He has a vision: “That all people will understand the harm in being quiet about it, or using the wrong words when describing recovery.”

These days, Kucharski uses screenings of The Anonymous People in his advocacy and message training work.

“Advocates in New Jersey have screened The Anonymous People at recovery centers, movie theatres, museums and campuses with the intent of finding other passionate advocates to engage,” Kucharski explains.

“Together we are changing the conversation with elected officials, decision makers and the media in New Jersey from addiction to recovery solutions.”

Visit the Faces & Voices of Recovery’s website to learn more about the Faces & Voices of Recovery Community Messaging Training.’