Rise & Grind E11 – Greg Williams Interview, Co-founder of Facing Addiction

Rise & Grind E11 – Greg Williams Interview, Co-founder of Facing Addiction

Rise & Grind Recovery Radio E11
Greg Williams Interview, Co-founder of Facing Addiction

Episode Snapshot: This week, it was an honor for us to sit down with Greg Williams, Co-Founder & Executive Vice President of Facing Addiction and Nadine Machkovech, Program Manager of Rise Together.  We spoke to Greg and discussed his part in helping to create two amazing documentaries called “The Anonymous People” and “Generation Found”. In this episode, you will also get the opportunity to hear Greg’s story of recovery & how his path has helped him to discover his life’s purpose. This interview is an awesome way to kick off the new year; 1st episode of 2017!

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Key Topics of Discussion:

  1. Who is Greg Williams?
  2. What is the Anonymous People?
  3. Can you give us a brief background of the work and your role with Facing Addiction?
  4. What is Generation Found?
  5. What is the Action Network?
  6. How can people get involved?

 Biography

Greg Williams is a filmmaker and a recovery leader. He is the award winning documentary filmmaker of The Anonymous People, a film that traces the history and struggles of over twenty three million individuals living in recovery.

His most recent film project, released in 2016, Generation Found, is a powerful story about one community coming together to ignite a youth addiction recovery revolution in their hometown. Generation Found takes an unprecedented and intimate look at how a system of treatment centers, sober high schools, alternative peer groups, and collegiate recovery programs can exist in concert to intervene early and provide a real and tested long-term alternative to the “War on Drugs.” It is not only a deeply personal story, but one with real-world utility for communities struggling with addiction worldwide.

Greg Williams is also the Co-Founder of Facing Addiction, a national non-profit organization dedicated to finding solutions to the addiction crisis by unifying the voice of the over 45 million Americans and their families directly impacted by addiction.

He served as the Campaign Director and one of the Executive Producers of the historic Unite to Face Addiction Rally on the National Mall in Washington DC, on October 4, 2015. This historic event was designed to ignite a movement and launch an ongoing unified national campaign to solve the most pressing health issue of our time. This gathering was the first time that major musicians, politicians, actors, journalists, authors and advocates joined together to bring a voice to push for addiction solutions.

With a Master’s degree in Addiction Public Policy from New York University and over a decade of experience working with non-profits and government agencies on addiction and recovery solutions, Greg Williams is widely recognized as a leader in the recovery movement.  His contributions and voice often leads the way for change.  Greg presently resides in Connecticut with his wife, two children and family dog.  He believes in the power of story-telling to open hearts and minds to create sustainable social change.

Episode Notes:

  • THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE is a feature documentary film about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.
  • 4 Ways to Get Involved – Share your story, ask your legislator, join or start a recovery community organization, and connect with us via social media.
  • GENERATION FOUND, a powerful story about one community coming together to ignite a youth addiction recovery revolution in their hometown. Devastated by an epidemic of addiction, Houston faced the reality of burying and locking up its young people at an alarming rate. And so in one of the largest cities in America, visionary counselors, law school dropouts, aspiring rock musicians, retired football players, oil industry executives, and church leaders came together to build the world’s largest peer-driven youth and family recovery community.
  • Facing Addiction Inc. is a national non-profit organization dedicated to finding solutions to the addiction crisis by unifying the voice of the over 45 million Americans and their families directly impacted by addiction.

“Historically, intense social stigma and discrimination have kept recovery voices silent. Mass media depictions of people with addiction have filled this vacuum, reinforcing stereotypes about people with a preventable and treatable health condition. There are over 23 million Americans in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. They, their family members, friends and allies are building a grass roots social justice movement. Courageous addiction recovery advocates have come out of the shadows and are organizing to end discrimination and the criminalization of addiction, and advance recovery-based solutions.” –Many Faces 1 Voice, a Faces & Voices of Recovery Campaign

RESOURCES MENTIONED

Greg Williams encourages people to get involved now. In order to make long lasting change, people need to start dedicating their time and resources to the cause’s they most care about.

Feel free to contact Greg Williams by clicking (HERE)

 

Episode Call to Action:

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About Anthony Alvarado

Rise & Grind Recovery Radio is brought to you by Anthony Alvarado; who is a person in long-term recovery and recognized as a national speaker, writer, and one of the leading voices in the recovery movement.

Since 2013, he has traveled over 100,000 miles with the Rise Together team; where they have spoken to over 120,000 young people on mental health and addiction. Today they are continuing to encourage thousands of students to talk about the issues they care most about.

Now, he looks to invite conversation from all over the nation to help show the world that recovery is amazing and so is life when you discover your talents, passion, and purpose. This radio podcast is for the entire community because we need YOU to help change the world.

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