People in recovery from alcoholism and drug dependence face many barriers -- barriers such as societal disapproval, shame, discrimination and stigma -- making it harder for individuals and families to deal with their problems and get the help they need. Advocacy resources provide the opportunity to help change societal, medical, government and industry policies and to help educate the general public on the needs, rights and struggles of those in recovery.
CRCC spearheads advocacy efforts to educate and provide information about substance use disorders and recovery for policy makers and our community. We want our legislatures to make informed decisions about individuals who need access to health care and funding for prevention, treatment and recovery support services.
Our goal is to impact the decisions about proposed Bills and funding cuts, and to raise awareness that every dollar spent on Substance Abuse Services has personal benefit to citizens of Illinois in need of help. As we increase our advocacy efforts and this level of support we will continue to reduce the barriers that many people seeking help often face.