PATIENCE – is the willingness to await the outworking of natural processes. Patience stresses calmness or composure under suffering or provocation or in performing a demanding task. Impatience with another person arises from lack of tolerance and a selfish peevishness to have one’s own way. To fail to take the time to explain to a child or employee what is to be done and then jump down his throat because the task was not performed as desired is a typical example of impatience. Impatience is a major source of irritability in our world, and much of this is due to the desires which cannot be realized realistically.

Here are year-end summaries from the “Central Hub of the Recovery Movement”, and their collaborative sister organization, painting a picture of national advocacy recovery successes that propel us into and through 2017. Tomorrow I will forward facesandvoices detailed email of resources for your use.

  • Recovery advocates across the nation joined in our campaigns to pass the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and the 21st Century CURES Act, which will bring millions of dollars to states to fight the opioid epidemic. Over 6,000 actions were taken by individuals through our action alerts.
  • Our Association of Recovery Community Organizations (ARCO) has grown significantly with 20 new member organizations in 2016, each providing advocacy and recovery support services in their local regions.
  • We trained over 100 Recovery Ambassadors to lead efforts in their communities to speak out about recovery, eliminate stigma and advocate for policies that support recovery.
  • This year, four outstanding organizations received accreditation status by CAPRSS, the only national accreditation for organizations providing peer recovery support services.  CAPRSS LLC is a social enterprise of Faces & Voices of Recovery.
  • Our Everyday Recovery social media campaign shared powerful recovery stories every day throughout Recovery Month in September.

Thousands of individuals and families came out for our national hub event- the Big Texas Rally for Recovery in Dallas, to put a face and voice on recovery and celebrate with honored guests.


  • On October 5th, 2015 organized 400+ advocates on Capitol Hill to meet with their elected representatives. As a result of those meetings there was a dramatic increase in co-sponsors for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), which President Obama signed into law in July 2016.
  • Formed the Facing Addiction Action Committee with leaders from across the addiction spectrum who helped develop the comprehensive Action Agenda.
  • Brought together more than 400 organizations, representing 28+ million people, to endorse Facing Addiction’s Action Agenda.
  • Hosted wellness rooms and the first-ever Educational Caucuses for Addiction Solutions at both the RNC and DNC.
  • Launched The Addiction Recovery Appointments Project- to place people in long term recovery into Presidential Appointee positions.
  • Launched The Pilot Community Project which will choose 15 communities for a targeted grassroots approach toward changing the public response to substance use disorders.
  • Produced (with WETA), a one-hour special, The Concert to Face Addiction, commemorating the UNITE to Face Addiction rally on the National Mall, which aired 325 times across 70+% of US households.
  • On November 17, we partnered with the U.S. Surgeon General and Viacom to launch the Surgeon Generals watershed report, Facing Addiction in America: Alcohol, Drugs, and Health – seen 2+ million people with 18 million online impressions.