Addiction can impact anyone regardless of gender, religion, ethnicity, sexuality, or more. Approximately 21.2 million Americans have a substance abuse disorder, yet in 2018, only 11% received the treatment they needed. This is particularly sad because addiction is highly treatable. If individuals seek out professional help, they can reclaim their life.
If you’ve battled addiction or have seen a loved one battle addiction, you might want to give back to others going through the same struggle. Drug and alcohol recovery charities typically have one of two goals: to bring awareness to substance abuse addiction or to offer support and resources to those facing addiction. If you want to support a worthwhile organization that’s making significant strides in the addiction recovery field, here are some of the top charities to consider:
1. SAFE Project
The SAFE Project focuses on both spreading awareness and providing resources. Their mission statement is “to provide support to overcoming the addiction epidemic in the US.” A major focus for this organization is to end the stigma surrounding addiction.
The SAFE Project works with communities, campuses, workplaces, and veterans to bring solutions that can help individuals feel comfortable seeking help and reduce the number of overdoses in the country.
2. Foundation for Alcohol Research (FAR)
The Foundation for Alcohol Research was founded in 2008 by a group of people who “were concerned about the limited help for those with the disease of alcoholism.”
FAR uses its donations to fund research into alcohol addiction. The organization doesn’t presume to know the answers to where help is needed, so they distribute funding across all areas – medical, research, and psychiatric communities.
3. The Herren Project
The Herren Project is an excellent example of someone who struggled through recovery and wants to limit some of those challenges for future people. NBA star Chris Herren had a life-threatening heroin overdose in 2008. After this, he found himself in a situation where he didn’t have any money or support to help him start recovery. He used support groups and a treatment program to get sober and decided he wanted to help others have the support they needed.
In 2011, he started The Herren Project. The organization’s goal is “Herren Project is a national nonprofit organization providing free resources and support for the treatment, recovery, and prevention of substance use disorder.”
4. The Decarceration Collective
The Decaracertation Collective has a slightly different priority than other charities and nonprofits on this list. Many individuals who struggle with addiction end up going to prison due to unjust drug laws. Additionally, this proportionally impacts black men across the nation more than any other demographic.
The Decarceration Collection describes itself as “a woman-powered law office fighting to free people unjustly sentenced to life in prison for drugs and to end the policies that put them there.”
Hickory Recovery Network
If you or someone you know needs addiction recovery, it’s time to get help at the Hickory Recovery Network. We offer effective, evidence-based treatment methods that will be personalized to your specific needs. Contact us to find out more about our programs.
Recovery is just a step away, you just have to start today.