MARCH 20, 2017 (206) 939-284
Or David Attridge

National Non-Profit, Facing Addiction selects Rochester, NY
as Pilot Community

Project aims to address the public response to addiction through grassroots driven campaigns

Facing Addiction announced today that Rochester NY has been selected as one of 15 communities to participate in the organization’s pilot community project. The project, first announced by Facing Addiction ( in October 2015, will work to reform the public response to the addiction crisis in Rochester NY via a grassroots-driven campaign strategy. Specifically, Facing Addiction will work with Rochester and 14 other communities to:

· Secure increases in localized funding to adequately address the crisis
· Train advocates on proper organizational and advocacy techniques to reform their community’s response
· Invest time and resources in communication opportunities with elected officials and other policy makers
· Provide media guidance to garner press coverage to further highlight the solutions to the problem
· Develop political strategies and aid community stakeholders in the development of an overarching “campaign strategy”

“As addiction to alcohol and other drugs now impacts 1 in 3 households in America, we must urgently work to turn the tide on this health crisis. We received over 50 applications from communities across the country for this program,” said Greg Williams, Facing Addiction’s Co-Founder and Executive Vice President “We are excited about the prospect of working to train, organize and mobilize citizens in Rochester NY to ensure a shift toward a public, health-centered response to those impacted by addiction.”

Carlee Hulsizer, 2 Guys and a Girl Radio Show, RecoveryNowNY, Monroe County Legislator James Sheppard and Rochester City Council Woman Molly Clifford submitted an application for Rochester NY.

“This will have a tremendous impact on our city and the pandemic which is currently claiming so many lives. We are looking forward to working with Facing Addiction. Our vision is to see Rochester NY our beloved city, as a community which embraces recovery and silences the stigma. This is only the beginning of the recovery revolution! ” -Carlee Hulsizer

Facing Addiction is a national non-profit organization dedicated to unifying the voices of the more than 45 million Americans and their families directly impacted by addiction. Facing Addiction is bringing together the best resources in the field in order to reduce the human and social costs of addiction, every year, until this public health crisis is eliminated. The organization was launched in historic fashion on October 4th, 2015, in front of tens of thousands on the National Mall at the UNITE to Face Addiction rally and concert, and recently was co-sponsor of the launch of the U.S. Surgeon General’s seminal report on the addiction crisis in America, in Los Angeles on November 17, 2016.

In addition to Rochester NY, the following communities have been selected to participate in Facing Addiction's Pilot Community Project:
Annapolis, MD - Baton Rouge, LA - Billings, MT - Boise, ID - Chicago, IL - Cumming, GA - Fitchburg, MA - Martinsburg & Berkeley Springs, WV - New Canaan, CT - Safford, AZ - San Diego, CA - Springfield, MO - West Bend, WI - West Linn, OR

RecoveryNowNY’s mission is to provide resources and opportunities to help reduce the impact of addiction, trauma, and other related health issues for the entire community. We accomplish this through education, consultation, advocacy, intervention, assessment, and recovery support services.

Questions on the project can go to Facing Addiction’s National Director of Outreach & Engagement, Michael King, who can be reached at