Politics, Recovery, and the Recovery PAC
Episode 2: Recovery PAC
Two years after the 2016 election, more and more individuals are becoming involved in politics and demanding their voices to be heard. In a nation that is divided more so now than almost ever before, one issue that knows no boundaries – impacting Republicans, Democrats, and everyone in between is the disease of addiction.
Despite the skyrocketing rates of addiction related deaths blasted daily in the media, those impacted by or in recovery from addiction are still facing discrimination and struggling to find help. Fortunately for those in the State of Nevada, a grassroots Organization was formed to advocate for the rights of those in recovery from addiction – demanding to be heard by those in positions of power running for a political office and determined to create change. The Recovery Political Action Committee (PAC) was formed in 2018 to provide a voice and support for those impacted by addiction. The Recovery PAC has developed a platform focusing on stigma reduction, advancing justice, and supporting the notion that there are many pathways to recovery.
Amidst the chaos of the 2018 U.S. Midterm elections, we had the opportunity to have a conversation with the Recovery PAC’s Political Coordinator, Monica Chairez. On this episode, Monica touches on her own personal experiences in recovery and provides insight into the Recovery PAC’s platform, shares why politics matter and why the recovery voice is so powerful, and sheds light on how the PAC selects candidates to endorse and their plans to keep elected candidates accountable during their terms in office.