Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The new movement for recovery, history in the making (DC history XII)

The following information was shared by Rob Fleming, publisher of Progress Notes (go to Recovery Works):
New Recovery Movement Documentary
DC has the worst alcohol and drug problem in the country and it's worst in Wards 1, 2, and 3.

The CDC says that DC has the worst, and most expensive, binge drinking problem in the country and that alcohol and drug abuse is the third largest preventable cause of premature death in the country. It costs taxpayers an extra $1300 per resident, but only three percent goes for prevention, treatment, and research.

DC's problem got to be the worst, in part, because it did not have advocates for solution like other diseases such as breast cancer and HIV/AIDS. The New Recovery Movement is seeking to build advocacy and support programs around the country, going beyond the traditional anonymous programs and into the streets, jails, and schools.

A new documentary about this New Recovery Movement will be shown at the Avalon Theater on Tuesdays, September 17 and 24 at 8:00 PM with a panel discussion to follow. The showings are sponsored by the Aquila Recovery Foundation, Caron, and Cumberland Heights. There is a suggested donation of $10 and the sponsors ask that you RSVP at 202-244-0962.

And if you can't make it to the showings, you can keep up with news of addiction and recovery by downloading and/or subscribing to Progress Notes, a free newsletter available at (PDF).

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