Faces & Voices of Recovery and The Coalition for Whole Health again are sponsoring Recovery Wellness Rooms for delegates, staff and other guests attending the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. They were also present at the Republican National Convention.
The Recovery Wellness Rooms, staffed by volunteers from the sponsoring organizations, provide alcohol-free venues for relaxation, peer-support meetings and access to recovery-related materials.
To kick off convention activities on Tuesday, the Recovery Caucus Meeting will be held in one of the Rooms.
At the Recovery Caucus, being held Tuesday, Sept. 4, all people in recovery, their family members, friends and allies are invited to participate. The meeting will feature remarks from former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy, David Wellstone, Jr., Laurie Dhue and others who will speak about the fundamental importance of recovery support to the health of our nation.
Sponsors from more than 70 addiction and mental health recovery organizations provide broad-based support for the Recovery Rooms.
“In response to the enthusiastic welcome our Recovery Wellness Room received at the 2008 Democratic Convention, we and our co-sponsors wanted again to provide people in recovery with a special haven at this year’s gathering,” said Pat Taylor, Executive Director of Faces & Voices of Recovery and a sponsor of the Recovery Wellness Rooms.
“We want to thank the 2012 DNC for its tremendous support of our efforts. People in recovery can face particular challenges from the hectic pace, stress and ubiquitous presence of alcohol at a national political convention. This year’s Rooms provide safe, congenial places for them and their guests to gather, network with others and attend ‘Twelve Step’-type meetings, if they so desire.”