Politics and Addiction Treatment: An Election-Day Message from Recovery Unplugged

Tomorrow is the chance to stand up and tell our elected leaders whether it’s time to stay or go as we decide the fate of all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 seats in the United States Senate. Why are we talking about this? It may seem like a distant concept, but politics and addiction treatment are closely linked. They’re a factor in how much money goes to Medicaid and state-funded treatment programs; they determine how much accountability and oversight we impose on insurance companies and treatment providers; and they’re a critical element in deciding who we appoint to make decisions regarding enforcement, prevention and treatment.

Recovery Unplugged is urging everyone who is able to take a few minutes out of their day and exercise their right to vote in tomorrow’s mid-term elections. As an organization that was established in a state where elections are frequently very close, we are fully mindful of the relationship between politics and addiction treatment, and have seen first-hand the importance of a few hundred votes here and there. We want to convey the importance of participating in the process to each and every American. Every few years we get to overthrow the government or keep it…your choice. Get out and vote.