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Advocate

Ad窶「vo窶「ca窶「cy – is the act or process of supporting a cause or proposalツthe act or process of advocating something (Merriam-Webster). ツツMisconceptions and misunderstandings still dominate the ways in which recovering people may be perceived. These misconceptions present major hurdles for them. The doors to employment, relationships, and life are often closed to those affected by AUD or SUD because of a lack of public understanding, stigma and discrimination.ツ

You can advocate by:

  • Sharing your story
  • Working together to implement systems changes
  • Volunteering in your community and RCO’s
Sys窶「tems Ad窶「vo窶「ca窶「cy – can be defined as an advocacy to change policies, rules or laws that determine how services are access and provided.ツ

Advocacy efforts designed to stimulate systems changes include the following elements:

  • Identify the problem
  • Define the advocacy goal and gather information
  • Create an advocacy plan
  • Determine and obtain necessary resources
  • Implement the plan and evaluate
  • Follow up and track outcomes

If you are interested in learning more about the effects of stigma and discrimination or for more information on how PRO窶「A can support your advocacy efforts, you may contact the PRO窶「A office at (717) 545-8929 or proa.asst@pro-a.orgツ

To mobilize, educate and advocate in order to eliminate the stigma and discrimination toward those affected by alcoholism and other drug addiction to ensure hope, health and justice for individuals, families and those in recovery.

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