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OASAS Seeks Your Story Matters Campaign Spotlights!
Do you have a story of recovery that New Yorkers need to hear, that would inspire hope in the lives of those still struggling with chemical dependency or problem gambling? Do you celebrate your recovery and wear it like a badge of honor? Are you comfortable sharing your story in front of an audience and using your face and voice to symbolize the power and possibility of recovery? During September 2010, Recovery Month, OASAS will unveil the newest 12 Your Story Matters campaign spotlights -- you could be one! If you, or someone you know, are interested in being considered as a 2010-2011 Your Story Matters campaign spotlight, please contact the OASAS Communications Bureau at 518-457-8299 or by July 15, 2010.

In January 2009, the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) launched the Your Story Matters campaign at to help raise awareness of the chronic disease of addiction; combat the stigma wrongly associated with substance use disorders and problem gambling addiction; and promote the message that prevention is proven, treatment works and recovery is real. Time and time again we hear only of the struggle of addiction, but the Your Story Matters campaign emphasizes the light at the end of the tunnel and offers insight into a battle worth the fight. It is dedicated to the individuals who are leading productive, healthy and fulfilling lives in recovery and the friends and families who have supported loved ones through their battle with addiction.

Your Story Matters offers hope to those still in the grips of alcoholism, chemical dependency or problem gambling. The individuals who choose to share their stories at represent the future and the reality of the state's Recovery Movement -- they are the hope, inspiration and proof that recovery is happening every day across the state and beyond. Through these stories of courage, second chances, gratitude, and potential, New Yorkers can walk proudly in celebration of recovery in a society that welcomes their achievements.

Share Your Story.

Addiction impacts 2.5 million -- one in seven -- New Yorkers and their families, but there are tens of thousands of New Yorkers and their loved ones who are living stories of recovery from alcoholism, chemical dependency and problem gambling.

Inspire Hope.

We encourage you to join this growing Recovery Movement by sharing your story, anonymously if you wish, in honor of the reality and power of recovery. If you need help sharing your story, suggestions are available.

It Matters.

New Yorkers need to know there is hope and help for breaking the cycle of addiction. Lend your voice, share your story and become an inspiration for those in need of hope, so that they may be motivated by your success and begin their own journey of recovery.

News Update: Your Story Matters Day -- an Inspirational Day of Sharing!
Governor David A. Paterson declared May 10, 2010, Your Story Matters Day in New York. The event was the state's second annual event celebrating the importance of the Your Story Matters campaign in building a unified, consumer-driven Recovery Movement. OASAS Commissioner Karen M. Carpenter-Palumbo was joined by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, members of the New York State Legislature, hundreds of recovery supporters, and eight of the 12 Your Story Matters campaign spotlights for an inspirational recovery rally and press event. Read the Times Union and New York Nonprofit Press news coverage, and view photos of the May 10, 2010, Your Story Matters Day event.

2010 Highlights

Your Story Matters Day

2009 Highlights
2008 Highlights

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