Together we are rewriting the prescription for opioid addiction treatment.
Advocates for Opioid Recovery is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing a science-based, evidence-based treatment system that can reduce death and suffering from opioid addiction, and produce more long-term opioid addiction survivors who are positively engaged in their families and communities.
Our current treatment system for opioid addiction in America stubbornly relies on obsolete information and beliefs about addiction and recovery. New science has revealed that opioid addiction is a chemical, DNA-driven disease of the brain. Treating the disease of addiction with medicine has been scientifically proven to save lives and improve long-term outcomes.
We’re actively working to break down the regulatory, legislative and ideological barriers that prevent people from accessing recovery medications. It would be inexcusable to deny those living with diabetes, cancer or heart disease medication that’s been scientifically proven to successfully treat their illness. And it’s equally inexcusable to block patients living with opioid addiction from receiving treatment.
Advocates for Opioid Recovery is a nonpartisan effort led by founding advisors Newt Gingrich, Patrick Kennedy and Van Jones. These three leaders have proven records of success in creating meaningful change across the recovery and healthcare landscape.
Newt Gingrich is widely recognized for his commitment to a better system of health for all Americans. His leadership as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives helped save Medicare from bankruptcy, prompted FDA reform to help the seriously ill and initiated a new focus on research, prevention, and wellness. His contributions have been so great that the American Diabetes Association awarded him their highest non-medical award and the March of Dimes named him their 1995 Citizen of the Year. Time Magazine honored him as 1995 Man of the Year and said, “Leaders make things possible. Exceptional leaders make them inevitable. Newt Gingrich belongs in the category of the exceptional.” To foster a modern health system that provides better outcomes at lower cost, Newt wrote Saving Lives and Saving Money and launched the Center for Health Transformation in 2003. He stepped down in 2011 to seek the Republican nomination for President of the United States. Today, Newt Gingrich is a Fox News contributor and the author of twenty-seven books, including 14 fiction and nonfiction New York Times best-sellers. He is a Senior Advisor at Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, as well as a Senior Scientist at Gallup. Newt and his wife, Callista, host and produce historical and public policy documentaries. Recent films include The First American and Nine Days that Changed the World.
Patrick J. Kennedy
The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and the nation’s leading political voice on mental illness, addiction, and other brain diseases. During his 16-year career representing Rhode Island in Congress, he fought a national battle to end medical and societal discrimination against these illnesses, highlighted by his lead sponsorship of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008—and his brave openness about his own health challenges. He is the founder of The Kennedy Forum and co-founder of One Mind, a global leader in open science collaboration for brain research. Kennedy is also the co-author of A Common Struggle, which outlines a bold plan for the future of mental health and addiction in America.
President and co-founder of #cut50
Van Jones is president co-founder of #cut50, an initiative of The Dreams Corps to safely reduce the prison population by 50 percent over the next 10 years, and recognizes the connection between effective addiction treatment and reduced recidivism. A Yale-educated attorney who is committed to advocating for social and environmental justice, Van is founder of The Dream Corps, Rebuild The Dream, Green For All, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Color of Change. He has been honored with numerous awards and spotlighted on several lists of high achievers, including: the World Economic Forum’s “Young Global Leader” designation; Rolling Stone’s 2012 “12 Leaders Who Get Things Done;” TIME’s 2009 “100 Most Influential People in The World;” and the Root’s 2014 “The Root 100.”