Addiction

Welcome to the A2A Addiction Advocacy Resource Center (ARC), an outreach project of the nonprofit Adversity 2 Advocacy Alliance, aiming to help individuals impacted by addiction step into addiction awareness advocacy.

We hope you’ll be inspired by our A2A Advocates impacted by addiction, and we invite you to listen to our A2A Spotlight features and A2A 1-on-1 interviews sharing powerful stories of how individuals impacted by addiction are turning adversity into advocacy.

While you’re here, we hope you’ll join our Addiction Messages of Hope campaign. Give hope. Get hope. All in 30 seconds.  And if you’re interested in sharing YOUR story with the help of one of our professional journalists, let us know!

Oh, and please be sure to add your name to our Wall of Allies, so you can show your support for our advocates. If you’d like, we’ll also send you our free monthly e-newsletter.

Meet our A2A Advocates

April Rovero

April Rovero

April Rovero Adversity: Lost a child to prescription drug use Advocacy: Founded a nonprofit to raise awareness of recreational prescription drug use "Every parent who has lost a child worries that, as time goes on, they will be forgotten and they want...

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Susan Burton

Susan Burton

Susan Burton Adversity: Grief over loss of her son led to drug use, criminal activity Advocacy: Started a nonprofit to provide housing and support services to recently incarcerated women “What I’ve been through and what I do is a powerful tool to show...

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Stacy Bare

Stacy Bare

Stacy Bare Adversity: Struggled with substance abuse and suicidal thoughts after serving in the U.S. Army Advocacy: Directs Sierra Club Outdoors' program and works to destigmatize mental illness "Reaching out and helping others really has been the best way...

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Sarah Allen Benton

Sarah Allen Benton

Sarah Allen Benton Adversity: Sober from alcohol since 2004 Advocacy: Works with others struggling with addiction "Advocacy reinforces that I need to continue to work on bettering myself and committing to my own recovery. If I'm not sober, I can't be of...

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A2A Spotlight Features

Spotlight – Brian Cuban

Spotlight – Brian Cuban

A2A Spotlight feature on Brian Cuban as heard on KCBS and other CBS Radio News affiliates   A2A Alliance founder Jeff Bell spotlights author Brian Cuban and his efforts to raise awareness of body dysmorphic disorder, male eating disorders, and addiction. Learn...

Spotlight: David Sheff

Spotlight: David Sheff

A2A feature on David Sheff as heard on KCBS Radio:   A2A Founder Jeff Bell talks with writer David Sheff about his family's journey from addiction to advocacy. The following links provide more information about David's advocacy David Sheff's Website Nic...

Spotlight: Susan Burton

Spotlight: Susan Burton

A2A feature on Susan Burton as heard on KCBS Radio: A2A Founder Jeff Bell talks with Susan Burton about her remarkable journey from addiction and prison to advocacy on behalf of female parolees. The following links provide more information about Susan's advocacy...