through YPR’s platform I was able to take our vision and elevate the conversations above what I could have imagined. The resources, support, and training provided through YPR have empowered me to be a leader in my community,Through YPRs platform I was able to take our vision and elevate the conversations above what I could have imagined. The resources, support, and training provided through YPR have empowered me to be a leader in my community, someone that is looked up to by my peers, as well as well-respected community professionals working in behavioral health, criminal justice and community wellbeing. Because of the support from YPR, I am proud and unashamed to speak openly about recovery. Raising my voice has encouraged countless community members to reach out and begin to explore their own paths to recovery. So many of us remain sick because we are terrified to admit what we have experienced. I cannot explain the feeling of allowing yourself to be vulnerable about our darkness, to be met with so much love, support and understanding. What I can say is that it gives me the strength to carry on. YPR has helped me to embrace that addiction is not something to be ashamed of. Not only does my story help others find their own strength and courage, I get to keep the memories of my lost loves ones alive and bring purpose to the battles they lost. I am so grateful for the opportunities that have been provided to me through YPR. With the support and leadership at YPR, I have sustained my recovery since December 18th 2016, I am a leader for recovery in my community, I have attained countless employable skills through the events and activities we provide to the community, my life is full of meaningful and healthy relationships. These skills that were taught to me have led to my volunteer role transitioning into a full time staff role with the organization I admire and appreciate so much. Today, the pain I used to harbor has become my power. I have found purpose and meaning in every experience, whether good or bad. I have a passion for recovery and with the help of YPR will continue to shout about it from the rooftops so that anyone I meet know that recovery is possible. The glass is no longer half empty for me, but rather it overflows with abundance and hope.
Two critical medications were made more easily available and saved lives, but old restrictions may return. America’s opioid crisis spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic. Economic disruption, social isolation, and despair all