FOR-NY’s Recovery Talks: Community Listening Forums are held throughout New York State to provide community members the opportunity to share about their personal experiences with alcohol or drug addiction, the loss of a family member or friend to addiction, and/or their (or a family member’s) recovery from addiction. The forums provide an opportunity to raise awareness about addiction in the community and educate local residents, law enforcement, elected officials, and other stakeholders about the various barriers to achieving (and challenges of sustaining) addiction recovery.

They also help to:

  • Inspire positive dialogue about Recovery in the community
  • Advance Recovery advocacy efforts
  • Erase the shame and stigma often attached to addiction
Recovery Talks Audience - Saratoga
Members of the community at the Saratoga Community Listening Forum

The FOR-NY series of Recovery Talks: Community Listening Forums, which kicked off in late 2015, was developed upon a review of Faces & Voices of Recovery’s experiences hosting four statewide Community Listening Forums with Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs) in 2010 and 2011.

Throughout history, community-based organizations and grassroots activists have organized community meetings as a means to engage citizens in discussions about important issues, build support for causes, and identify potential solutions to problems facing their communities. FOR-NY’s Recovery Talks: Community Listening Forums build on this format by engaging local individuals to share their experiences with a listening panel comprised of elected officials and other community leaders, as well as an audience of fellow residents.

Recovery Talks: Community Listening Forums to Date

Upcoming Recovery Talks

We are currently planning for more Recovery Talks: Community Listening Forums throughout New York State in 2018.

The next Recovery Talk will take place on September 21 in Oneonta, New York.  For more information, contact Allison at

Interested in having a Recovery Talks: Community Listening Forum in your community? Contact us.

The insights we gather at these forums help to shape FOR-NY’s policy recommendations. Read full summaries of past forums.