You can speak about your own recovery and advocate for the rights of others, as long as you do not involve the twelve-step group by name.

There are tens of thousands of men and women across our country just like you who want to speak out about their recovery experiences while honoring the principles that have worked so well for so many.

Here’s what one person has to say,

I’m feeling better in my sobriety as I work a twelve-step program and am grateful for the blessings it has brought me. I want to reach out and help others who are still in the throes of active addiction or struggling in their recovery because of discriminatory policies and practices.

I hear the terms ‘advocacy’ and ‘anonymity’ all the time, but I’m not sure what they mean or how they apply to me. What can I do to help alcoholics and addicts who have not yet recovered? How can I increase the public’s understanding of addiction and recovery?

You can speak out publicly without compromising the principles of the recovery program in which you participate. By doing so, you will be reaching out to alcoholics, addicts, their families – providing them with new hope – and educating policy makers.

If you too are in long-term recovery or are a family member of someone in long-term recovery and want to speak out about what it means to you and your family, this pamphlet from Faces and Voices of Recovery will help you feel more comfortable with how you can do just that.

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