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
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
Saratoga Springs, Saratoga County
Rochester, Monroe County
Massapequa, Nassau County
Northport, Suffolk County
New York City, New York County
Troy, Rennselaer County
Lake Placid, Essex County
Brooklyn, Kings County
Nanuet, Rockland County
Syracuse, Onondaga County
Goshen, Orange County
Huntington Station, Suffolk County
Upcoming Recovery Talks
The next Recovery Talks: Community Listening Forum will take place in Poughkeepsie on Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
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.