Advocates for Opioid Recovery Announces Creation of Survivors Council

Grassroots advocacy group leverages personal stories to unite recovery community in the fight against the opioid crisis

Washington, D.C. – Sep. 18, 2018 – Advocates for Opioid Recovery (AOR) is pleased to announce the creation of the Survivors Council during Recovery Month. This group of survivors and co-survivors aims to fight the stigma against opioid use disorder and break down barriers to evidence-based recovery treatments and services through personal stories, media engagement, and participation in AOR’s grassroots advocacy efforts.

Under the leadership of its advisors — former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, and civil rights activist Van Jones — Advocates for Opioid Recovery works to educate key influencers and promote evidence-based interventions that dramatically help individuals seeking to transition from addiction into long-term recovery. AOR is proud to be a national leader in the fight for recovery but recognizes that it is impossible to win this fight without including the voices of the people this crisis effects most.

“The individuals serving on Advocates for Opioid Recovery’s Survivors Council are living proof that recovery is possible when people have access to evidence-based services,” said Anne Woodbury, AOR’s Executive Director. “By stepping forward to share their personal stories, our Survivors Council members, who are activists in their own local communities and on the national level, bring together networks of people affected by opioid addiction to remove the stigma surrounding addiction and break down the regulatory, legislative, and ideological barriers that prevent access to evidence-based treatment.”

Current members of the Advocates for Opioid Recovery Survivors Council are:

  • Jennifer Batson, Survivor, California
  • John S. Dittmann, Survivor, Maryland
  • Sara Gefvert, Survivor, Pennsylvania
  • Garrett Hade, Survivor, California
  • Ryan Hampton, Survivor, California
  • Kathleen Johnson, Co-Survivor, Virginia
  • Katrina King, Survivor/Co-Survivor, Virginia
  • Megan McAllister, Survivor, Pennsylvania
  • Zac Talbott, Survivor, Georgia

For more information about the Survivors Council, please visit


About Advocates for Opioid Recovery

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. For more information, visit Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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