We are moving forward when it comes to addressing addiction in our communities. Over the past 15 years, growing numbers of recovery community organizations have opened their doors, recovery high schools have been established, family support organizations have been founded, and both state and federal legislation has been passed. Every accomplishment has terrific positive impact in a community, and should be celebrated.
So why, given the progress we’ve made and what we’ve achieved, does it remain imperative to truly organize our communities to further combat America’s most significant public health crisis?
Community organizing means generating power that is long lasting and sustainable — and that’s the type of power we need to save lives. Power is defined as, “the ability to act or produce an effect.” When social justice movements are not obtaining the results they hope to achieve, inevitably the root cause of this stems from a lack of power.