Some of NRAP’s students got the privilege of attending the unite to face addiction rally. I was one of those lucky students. I was met in DC by over 35000 people in long term recovery and allies. The rally was designed to help raise awareness about the addiction crisis facing our country as whole. It was a call for comprehensive recovery efforts including long term care. Our current addiction treatments are mainly brief rehab interventions that don’t provide long term care. A speaker compared this to giving a diabetic their insulin for a week and wishing them good luck. The following day about 700 advocates met with their various legislatures to demand the reform necessary. Only time will tell if this even will serve it’s purpose. For me though, as a person in recovery, it helped to remind me that we do recover and we are not alone.

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