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Mission 2020-01-29T22:29:35+00:00

In June 2016, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, and noted civil rights activist Van Jones teamed up to create Advocates for Opioid Recovery, an initiative focused squarely on supporting survivors and co-survivors of opioid use disorder (OUD). We’re actively working to break down the societal, legal, regulatory, legislative and ideological barriers that prevent people from accessing the care and support they need.

More long-term opioid addiction survivors

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.

To learn more, contact us or visit our press kit.

SOLUTIONS

“The NIH, the World Health Organization and countless medical societies say that medication assisted treatment is essential to long term recovery.”
– Newt Gingrich

Opioid overdose is now outpacing car crashes as the #1 cause of accidental death in America. Nearly 80% of people with an opioid addiction – over 1.9 million people – do not receive treatment, leading to a 400% increase in opioid-related deaths since 2000. Individuals who are unable to access appropriate treatment for opioid use disorders are at substantial risk for substance use disorder, criminal activity, infectious disease including HIV and hepatitis, overdose and premature death.

“It’s hard enough when someone is addicted for them to finally say ‘I want help. I need help.’ That is supposed to be the victory, when that is often the beginning of the nightmare. ” – Van Jones

The current treatment system for opioid addiction in America is outdated, relying on obsolete information and beliefs regarding addiction and recovery. Advocates for Opioid Recovery is dedicated to removing the stigma surrounding addiction, breaking down regulatory, legislative and ideological barriers that prevent access to evidence-based treatment and ensuring that survivors have the recovery resources they need.

Educate on recovery

Real disease requires real medicine

Eliminate the stigma surrounding the disease of addiction and evidence-based recovery treatment

Expand treatment

Treatment not tragedy

Promote recovery through treatment innovation, access, and capacity

Improve parity

Parity now

Remove insurance barriers to meaningful evidence-based treatment, including comprehensive MAT that includes counseling and social support

Reform justice systems

More patients, fewer prisoners

Promote evidence-based treatment in the criminal justice system

Advocate for recovery

Inform policy with science

Improve government policymaking to support evidence-based recovery treatments and supports

Using the following strategies, we are working to break down the barriers to treatment and produce more long-term opioid addiction survivors who are positively engaged in their communities.

Be an advocate and help us rewrite the prescription for opioid addiction treatment

Follow the science and do your part to encourage the use of recovery medication.

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