The goal of Advocates for Opioid Recovery is to advance science-based, evidence-based treatment and support systems 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. AOR’s unique alliance of committed, bipartisan leaders will leverage the infrastructure and systems we have built in over the past few years to continue to inform conversations, shape solutions and ultimately break down barriers to evidence-based treatment.
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 and other treatment and support services. It would be inexcusable to deny those living with diabetes, cancer or heart disease the treatment 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.