Voices for recovery: Justin, Young People in Recovery CEO

Voices for recovery: Justin, Young People in Recovery CEO


There’s no way to describe the fulfillment
that happened at that moment, and not just for myself
or organization but for the millions of people
that have worked so hard for decades. For the first time
in American history, to have a sitting president to actually sit next to somebody
who’s on long-term recovery and they communicate that addiction recovery
is a public health crisis and not a moral failing. [music] I get a phone call
from the White House and they say that,
We would like you tomorrowto meet with
the President of the United States,
President Obama,on stage in front of thousand people
and then televised for the world
to talk about addiction recovery
for 75 minutes.
We need to know now” I couldn’t imagine
being where I am today, at 19, stand in front of the garage door,
watch my parents go inside and say, “That’s the last time.
You can’t do this here.
We can’t let you do this hereand we won’t watch you
potentially die in our house.
” That really turned into a beginning, The beginning
of my entire recovery trajectory and my new life today. Everyone immediately says,
Well, I thought Justin–Didn’t he get into business school?He was a tennis instructor.
I thought he had good parents.
” If that’s the attitude,
how can anyone ever step up and say, “I need help
or my loved one needs helpor is there someone
who has gone before me
and can you help mebecause my person I care about
is dying?
” You can’t do that, when everyone is forcing you
to whisper. [music] We need people to tell their stories.
People need to have hope. People need to know
recovery is possible. We need you
to be a part of creating policies that will create
recovery-ready communities, put your money where your mouth is, help us create resources
and a cash of resources to get people their supports
that they need. We need not 1,000, not 10,000, we need millions of Americans to get involved
with the recovery movement. We need you. [music]

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