#26 Is Recovery a Social Justice Movement?

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Rise & Grind
#26 Is Recovery a Social Justice Movement?

Listen to the National Outreach and Empowerment Coordinator at Faces and Voices of Recovery, Jesse Heffernan, as he shares his story of 16+ years in recovery from drug & alcohol addiction. From youth outreach, trainer, recovery coach, to helping to discover gaps in the recovery world. Now he passionately dedicating his time to identify key supports for those in need.

Rise & Grind Recovery Radio E26
Is Recovery a Social Justice Movement? with Jesse Heffernan


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“The Rise & Grind Recovery Podcast is brought to you by Anthony Alvarado; a national speaker and creative change maker. We feature stories of recovery, advocacy, and invite anyone who is passionate about making a difference in their community. We work together to offer you tips and pointers on how to live a happy and healthier life.”


Jesse Heffernan’s Bio

Jesse is an experienced trainer, manager and a whiz at social media & networking. He recently co-founded the successful “Million Mohawks for Mental Health Challenge” campaign to raise awareness and address stigma of mental illness. Jesse will be managing the Faces & Voices Training Division and our public awareness campaigns.

Jesse Heffernan is a Recovery Coach & consultant with 16 years in long term recovery from substance use and mental health. As a Servant Leader, Program Director and Community Net worker he works to create a meaningful and positive change through innovative solutions to complex community and individual needs.

His early recovery service consisted of helping coordinate local activities, state wide conventions, bringing recovery meetings into jails and institutions and create / co-facilitate the first youth specific recovery support group in NE WI. He attended the Fox Valley technical school to pursue a career in graphic design and marketing which opened the doors into new areas of service opportunities with AmeriCorps.

During 2006 – 2007 he worked as an AmeriCorps Volunteer for WI Assoc. of Homeless and Runaway youth services. His role consisted of presenting to youth on the dangers of running away and what resources are available to assist in de-escalating crisis, conduct street level direct services, and out-reach.
Episode Notes:

  • Brief history of Faces & Voices of Recovery
  • Tips after being in recovery for over 16 years
  • Why it’s so important to work on the internal stuff
  • Importance of serving others
  • Community connections & positive supports
  • Insurance & healthcare issues that are not supporting those struggling with a mental illness or the disease of addiction
  • How ignoring the needs of who needs it only results in furthering America’s national health crisis
  • The parallels of the addiction recovery movement has to other major cultural social justice movements
  • Why prevention works, full access to treatment is needed, and why we can’t forget about recovery support systems and communities
  • How to build recovery capitol and increase retention
  • Talk about the potential of a new national Recovery Corps program
  • How to set yourself up for success in recovery


Do you know somebody that may need help from addiction or mental illness?

We want to help those who are suffering from addiction and mental health disorders by providing you some of the best know resources mentioned in this week’s episode and listed below.

If this is an emergency or if you are worried that you or someone you know may be at risk for suicide, please call your local authorities (911).



Also, check out all the resources mentioned by visiting Rise Together’s “FIND HELP” section at www.weallrisetogether.org


This week we encourage you to get involved in your community or by supporting us online. In order to make long lasting change, people need to start dedicating their time and resources to the cause’s they most care about.


Episode Call to Action:

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About Anthony Alvarado

Rise & Grind Recovery Radio is brought to you by Anthony Alvarado.  As a person in long-term recovery, Anthony has a strong desire to change the conversation around addiction and in turn – change the world we live in today. He is the President and Co-Founder of Rise Together, a grassroots organization helping to lead a movement of young people to stand up and speak out on the issues they care most about. Anthony and his organization aim to break the silence around suicide, bullying, mental illness, drugs, and alcohol.

Rise Together’s mission is rapidly spanning the United States. Since September 2013, Anthony has personally traveled over 200,000 miles, taken the stage over 400 times with his team, and educated over 125,000 young adults on addiction and mental health.

Anthony speaks on many different topics but often addresses the need for new creative & innovative solutions that will educate, engage, and empower the young people of today. He shares successful strategies with prevention agencies and school administrators. He has spoken at national conferences as well as state mental health and school conferences.

Now, he has founded Rise & Grind Recovery Radio, where he welcomes guest to engage in conversation around recovery from all over the world.

He is a loving father, son, brother, and friend and spends his free time connecting and conversing with others.

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