For almost 20 years, statewide and local Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs), representing people in recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction, their families, friends and allies, have formed around America to create a growing advocacy force and to support the creation of Recovery Support Services (RSS).
Under the guidance of Faces & Voices of Recovery, these RCOs have advocated for rights and resources for individuals in or seeking recovery and their family members. Over time, the stigma surrounding addiction and recovery has decreased and support for recovery has grown across the country, but more work still needs to be done!
Wisconsin Voices for Recovery is Wisconsin’s only statewide recovery network currently supported by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Care and Treatment Services. Wisconsin also has many growing Recovery Community Organizations, businesses, and other non-profit groups that are working to celebrate the strengths and address the needs of their communities. Check out our Member Organizations for more info!
- Reduce Addiction and recovery stigma through education and increasing public’s personal contact with individuals in recovery and their family members
- Provide Technical Assistance in Rural Areas around development of Recovery Support Services
- Engage in capacity building efforts in order to support other recovery community organizations and individuals
- Focus on regional training and education
What we do
- Build strong, organized recovery communities
- Host recovery activities, events and celebrations
- Boost public-policy debate
- Advance positive changes in our treatment and recovery programs
- Partner with other statewide Recovery Community Organizations
We envision Wisconsin as a state that values people in or seeking recovery and recognizes the opportunities recovery creates for wellness, both individually and collectively.
Chronology of the Recovery Advocacy Movement
The following document provides a timeline of the rich advocacy history of people in recovery, family members, friends and allies. Highlighted are the key moments from the 1700s leading up to the present day.
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View the chronology of the recovery advocacy movement timeline.