Be a hero, share your story and help break the stigma associated with addiction & mental health issues.
Heroes in Recovery is a movement ignited by Foundations Recovery Network and the widespread community of those who are in recovery from addiction and co-occurring disorders. We discovered that while 23 million people each year need help for addiction, only 3 million actually seek treatment. We’re looking for the other 20 million– those who may not be seeking help due to the overwhelming stigma that often surrounds substance abuse and mental health disorders.
Heroes in Recovery has a simple mission: to eliminate the social stigma that keeps individuals with addiction and mental health issues from seeking help, to share stories of recovery for the purpose of encouragement and inspiration, and to create an engaged sober community that empowers people to get involved, give back, and live healthy, active lives.
We’re holding events across the country, seeking to inspire a sense of community wherever we can. One of our main events is the Heroes 6K race – not 5K, but 6K – to create awareness of the need for treatment and to support those who are in recovery. We chose a 6K so that each kilometer would represent one of the six letters in the word “HEROES.” Each letter has a special meaning to us, and you can read more about that by clicking on each letter in the website’s logo. Our inaugural 6K was held in 2011 on a race course in Leiper’s Fork, Tenn., during the month of September (National Recovery Month). It was sold out with 250 participants and around 100 volunteers. Since then, we have had a number of successful races across the country, and the number of races— and participants— continues to grow!
The Heroes movement has begun with strong momentum, but it still needs your help. We’re asking people in recovery to share their stories with us so that others who are struggling can realize that there’s life on the other side of drugs and alcohol.