On July 24, 1969, Bill Wilson appeared before the United States Senate’s special Subcommittee on Alcoholism and Narcotics. His appearance was respected by all present, as they honored the integrity of the AA Program which he founded, by not taking photos of Bill, or acknowledging his last name.
Bill W. was clear on that afternoon that he was appearing as a member of AA, and therefore would restrict his comments to that topic. However, he predicted in that hearing room that AA’s members would one day testify before such courts, in order to tell the world of the amazing changes recovery can bring.
As a community, we who are in recovery, inherit a legacy of individuals who have stood up for our rights , worked to pass legislation, and given voice to the reality of recovery in order to knock down stereotypes and stigma. This advocacy is found as early as 1956, when the American Medical Association recognized alcoholism as a disease and not a failure of the will. This first step was critical in changing the conversation about addiction, and ultimately recovery.
RICARE’s is proud to be an organizing body in the advocacy voice of the Recovery Community in Rhode Island. Our organization has led the way in the development of legislation that protects and serves the community, staying abreast of developments at the State House, and giving voice to our needs on Capitol Hill.