Unite to Face Addiction Michigan – UFAM 2017 Rally

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Photo by Peter B. Randels NOTANONYMOUS

 

On June 2nd last year, a thousand plus recovery advocates gathered on the lawn of the state capital building in Lansing, Michigan.  It was the inaugural rally for, Unite to Face Addiction Michigan (UFAM). UFAM is a non-profit organization, established to alert lawmakers about the unique needs of the 23 million people in recovery in the United States. UFAM’s mission is to create strength in unity; eliminate the stigma of addiction; improve access to treatment; support prevention; and promote recovery through advocacy, education and outreach.

 

The UFAM Mission…

Last year, Unite to Face Addiction Michigan brought together people from all walks of the recovery world: treatment centers; recovery allies;  people in recovery; addiction professionals; law makers; educators and specialty groups.   Speakers included Craig DeRoche, former Michigan Speaker of the House and person in long term recovery;  Judge Jodi Debbrecht Switalksi, a Senior Advisor at the Stuntman Group and advocate on addiction, who encouraged the crowd to get out and “do something” in order to promote change; and rally organizer Scott Masi.

 

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Rally organizer Scott Masi speaking on the steps of the capital – photo Peter B. Randels NOTANONOMOUS

 

2017 is Bigger and Better

With hashtags like #strengthinunity, #togetherwecan and #silentnomore, UFAM is showcasing its collaborative effort this year. Organizations from all over the state, Michigan lawmakers, and private individuals have been instrumental in organizing this year’s rally. UFAM is dedicated to unifying the voices of the millions of Michigan citizens impacted by addiction. As well as give a voice to the many organizations working to change the way addiction is perceived and treated in our state.

 

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Photo by Peter B. Randels NOTANONYMOUS

2nd Annual Rally and Advocacy Day

May 18th, 2017 9:00am until 5:00pm

 

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Activities for all…

  • Legislative Bullpen – meet your State Legislators
  • Over 50 Resource Tables
  • Holistic Tent with Yoga, Acupuncture, Reiki Therapy and much more!
  • Naloxone Training

 

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Craig DeRoche on the steps of the Capital – photo Alec Green Sanford House

Some of the many Speakers and Performers…

  • Mark Lundholm – Acclaimed Comedian and Motivational Speaker
  • Craig DeRoche – National Director Justice Fellowship
  • Andre’ Johnson – Detroit Recovery Project and SAMSHA National Board Member
  • John Schinholser – Director of McShin Foundation, Virginia
  • Judge Jodi Switalksi – National Advocate Stuntman Group
  • Michael King – National Organization Facing Addiction
  • Matt Butler – Musician, Generation Found Documentary
  • Tommy “Gunz” Kraus – Artist, Recovery Unplugged
  • Judge Clinton Canady – Ingham County Circuit Court
  • RISE Recovery Community, Recovery Performance

The UFAM Goal for 2017

And the rally’s chief organizer and founder Scott Masi says, “This year we want the Untied to Face Addiction Michigan rally to be a platform for everything being done in the state to advocate for addiction and recovery. Sure, we want to stage an entertaining, successful rally. But our primary goal is to educate and create awareness at the state level. And we want to showcase the family perspectives on addiction – parent to child and child to parent. I could not be happier with the response I have gotten from those organizations and individuals who have stepped up to help. There is truly strength in unity. And strength in this amazing collaborative effort.”

 

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Marilyn Spiller is a writer, sober coach, recovery advocate, and student of the world. (She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Creative Writing). Seven years sober herself, she penned one of the first sobriety blogs, "Waking Up the Ghost" in 2013. The blog garnered an international following, allowing Marilyn to communicate with thousands of folks in all stages of recovery. Marilyn is Sanford's Director of Marketing and serves as Editor-In-Chief for the Sanford online magazine, "Excursions". She also developed and hosts the podcast Anatomy of Addiction.