OUR VALUES

We celebrate all recovery. 

We believe recovery is for everyone and each person recovers in their own way.  We are radically inclusive of all pathways of recovery, including harm reduction. We are witnesses to the growth and struggles of people in recovery.

We seek opportunities to reduce stigma.

We reduce stigma in all we do:  From the way we identify ourselves, to the language we use, and the way we recover out loud.

We believe everyone deserves a safe place where they belong.

We foster a radically inclusive, judgment-free community for connection and acceptance.” We include individuals of every race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political beliefs, disability, or veteran status and all their intersections, including all stages of recovery.

We believe people are experts in their own lived experience.

We set our aside our own beliefs and meet people where they are.  We believe people recover when support is in alignment with their culture, beliefs, and goals. We believe in the power of the voices of those we serve individuals, families, and communities.

We believe recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.

We believe that recovery applies to families as well as individuals.  We believe people experience recovery in different ways and abstinence may or may not be part of that.

We believe people recover when their individual, family, and community needs are met.

            We believe people who use drugs and/or alcohol have the same human rights as people who do not use drugs                and/or alcohol, including the right to their basic needs. We believe in equitable access to resources.

We believe in the power of hope. 

We believe the future can be better than the present and people and their communities have the power to make it so. We believe that each person is capable of growth and achieving their goals regardless of their past or the barriers they face.

We believe all people are worthy of respect and dignity, including those whose beliefs differ from our own.

            We partner as equals to honor all ideas, build each other up, and respect each other’s truths.

OUR GOALS

Voices of Hope is founded by people who are in or have been affected by substance use disorder so we have first-hand experience to help people find recovery and stay in recovery. We do this with our team of highly-trained recovery coaches who are not only working at our Recovery Center facility in Lexington, Kentucky; they are embedded in over 80 detention centers, hospitals, courtrooms and recovery centers. We have a recovery coach mobile team who go directly to those needed help in Fayette and Jefferson counties. Our professional teams are located in over 11 counties. We:

  • Decrease overdose deaths
  • Increase accessibility to recovery programs/recovery housing
  • Increase number of people in long-term recovery 
  • Increased community knowledge of substance use disorder and recovery resources

How do we live this out?

We develop leaders, offer opportunities for recovering people to express their collective voice and provide a forum for community service.

  • Our advisory board of recoverees develops leaders.
  • Our speaker’s bureau gives voice to recoverees.
  • Recoverees volunteer in many aspects of programming such as telephone recovery support, Overdose Awareness Day, and Recovery Coaching.

We educate the public, policymakers and service providers about multiple pathways of addiction recovery and recovery language.

  • We develop resources.
  • We partnered to create GetHelpLex a treatment resource locator.
  • We provide Overdose Response Training and naloxone distribution.
  • We provide Recovery Support Services, which are non-clinical services created to begin and maintain a person’s recovery from addiction and better the quality of his or her own recovery.
  • This includes:
    • Telephone Recovery Support
    • Recovery Coaching

We support research that illuminates effective strategies and the processes of long-term recovery.

We participate with the University of Kentucky on the Healing Communities grants

We offer peer-to-peer services aimed at strengthening recovery within an inclusive supportive community-based setting.

Services include:
  • All recovery groups
  • Telephone recovery support
  • Recovery coaching

We reduce stigma.

We want to create a culture that supports recovery. Part of culture is language. We use recovery language.

We advocate for people in long-term recovery and their family members on issues that affect their lives.

  • We educate legislators at the state level. We participated with Shatterproof to share stories of recovery to legislators for SB 192. We spoke at the request of the Governor for HB 333.
  • We participate in round table discussions at the federal level such as with Michael Botticelli, the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and Eric Hargan, the acting Secretary of Health and Human Services.
  • We collaborate with national groups such as Shatterproof and statewide groups such as APAAC (Addiction Policy Advisory Action Council) for a larger voice.

We celebrate recovery through public events that offer living testimony of the transformative power of recovery.

  • Our Overdose Awareness Day served 1,000 of us last year.
  • We collaborate with national groups such as Shatterproof and statewide groups such as APAAC (Addiction Policy Advisory Action Council) for a larger voice.

We created a recovery community center!

  • A recovery-oriented sanctuary anchored in the heart of the community;
  • A visible, physical location where recovery community organizations can organize the local recovery community’s ability to care, by providing a variety of recovery support services and putting a face on recovery;
  • A recovery resource for the local community, serving as a place where people still struggling with addiction and family members can enter and receive help in navigating the systems and services to get the help they need to attain and maintain recovery;
  • A recovery resource offering a structured schedule of recovery-related workshops, trainings, meetings, services and social events.
  • An organizational/human bridge between the professional treatment community and the recovery community.
  • It is not:
  • a 12-step club or drop-in center
  • a treatment or rehab center
  • a place whose primary purpose is to get people into treatment