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UNITE to Face Addiction Rally October 4th

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Author: Justin Mckibben

Well, at this point it may all depend on the weather, but still it deserves to be announced at least that coming this weekend is the much anticipated UNITE to Face Addiction Rally on October 4th in Washington, DC at the National Mall!

For the first time ever in history the UNITE to Face Addiction Rally will be a massive gathering held as a free event to show support and stand up to speak out against addiction, while raising awareness against stigma with an outcry of avocation for the recovery community.

UNITE to Face Addiction Rally

According to their website:

“UNITE to Face Addiction is a grassroots mobilization of individuals, communities, and organizations coming together to face addiction and stand up for recovery.”

So far more than 700 organizations from around the world will be united together this weekend in a show of solidarity and collective force to raise public awareness of the addiction crisis in the world, to honor those lost to the disease of addiction, and to celebrate recovering addicts and alcoholics from all walks of life.

Facing Addiction is a new, national non-profit group with the intentions to serve as a voice for the over 85 million Americans impacted by addiction. Together the collective hopes to help the 22 million Americans with addiction, while taking a stand for the 23 million more in recovery.

According to the website put together for the UNITE to Face Addiction Rally there are 350 lives lost each day to the grips of drug or alcohol addiction, and this rally is also an alliance of forces that hope to inspire action that can save these lives.

UNITE to Face Addiction Rally will feature live musical performances from artists including:

  • Joe Walsh
  • Steven Tyler with his Nashville-based band
  • Loving Mary
  • Sheryl Crow
  • The Fray
  • Jason Isbell
  • Aloe Blacc
  • John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls

UNITE to Face Addiction Rally will take place on the grounds of the Washington Monument, and will be attended by various support organizations from all over including:

  • Faces & Voices of Recovery (Washington, DC)
  • The Herren Project (Portsmouth, RI)
  • Long Island Recovery Association (Long Island, NY)
  • Ohio Recovery Housing (Columbus, OH)
  • National Association of Social Workers (Washington, DC)
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (Bethesda, MD)
  • Heroin is Killing My Town (Pinehurst, MA)
  • Drug Over Dinner (Seattle, WA)

A Tribute to Lost Laughs

The day before the big event on October 4th there will be an all-star comedy benefit on October 3rd A Tribute to Lost Laughs, which will be held at the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC. The comedy show begins at 8pm and will end at 10:30pm EDT. The line-up is set to be hosted by Jesse Joyce, and features comedians:

  • Bill Burr
  • Tom Papa
  • Tig Notaro
  • Nick Di Paolo
  • Mark Lundholm
  • Gary Owen
  • Judy Gold

This very special one-time only charity event will feature premium stand-up comedy in a tribute to those we have lost to addiction, and will also include special appearances from Maryann Giraldo and family (in honor of the late Greg Giraldo) and Maureen Wittels (in honor of the late Harris Wittels). All proceeds from this show will directly support the UNITE to Face Addiction Rally on the 4th and kicks off the weekend with an exciting momentum boost that organizers hope will bring together a lot of the resources in the field.

Advocacy Day

Then the Monday after the UNITE to Face Addiction Rally citizens and advocates will all meet with policymakers on Capitol Hill to engage in an open and conscious conversation about the need for realistic solutions to the addiction crisis in the country, and how to deal with the growing constituency of consequence that is demanding these solutions in these communities.

Advocacy Day has two overarching goals:

  1. Achieve a health response to addiction
  2. Improve public safety and protect civil liberties to enhance health outcomes of those in or seeking recovery from addiction involved with the criminal justice system

Included in this plan of action is to thank members of Congress who have co-sponsored 524/HR 953 The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and to implore other congressmen to add their names to this piece of bipartisan legislation in hopes of pushing the process forward. Other goals including inspiring members of Congress to support:

  • Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equality Act
  • REDEEM Act (S 675/HR 1672)

With all this effort put together for this weekend’s UNITE to Face Addiction Rally, weather permitting, the rally stands to make a profound impact, while allowing millions upon millions of supporters and recovering addicts and their families get actively involved in showing the world just how important the treatment of addicts in America and the support of the recovery community truly is to the nation.

So far the event has maintained its schedule for the weekend, but you can always check the progress of the storm and see if it changes anything with the event on their Facebook page.

Drug and alcohol addiction tears apart millions upon millions of lives, and every day we lose countless people to the battle with drugs and alcohol, but there is help out there. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, stand up now and take an opportunity that could change everything.

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