NSRC Newsletter / March
March meeting: Wednesday, March 13th, 5:30pm
At the Reach Center, 1413 E. College Way, Mount Vernon
A light dinner will be provided. Our goal is to increase our membership this year, so please bring a friend to the meeting or forward this newsletter to someone who could benefit. A lot is going to be happening this year, so I hope you will join us.

Thank you for taking the time to read our NSRC newsletter. We hope you find it helpful. Give us your feedback to make this a better communication tool, so we can be more effective in promoting quality recovery.

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” 

Recovery Advocacy Day, February 27th, Olympia

The 4th Annual Recovery Advocacy Day (RAD) was a HUGE success this year, with 400+ advocates from around the state. Fifty-two North Sounders from Island, Whatcom, Skagit, and Snohomish Counties boarded a Bellair bus at 4:45 a.m. and headed to Olympia.

“At the Washington Recovery Alliance (WRA) and NSRC, we believe that recovery needs to be a reality for ALL Washingtonians who are facing or have faced mental health or substance use challenges. We have an opportunity this year to make significant strides in curbing crises in our state and helping hundreds of thousands of people STAY in recovery so they can thrive and reach their fullest potential.”

WRA set up appointments for each district to visit their two State Representatives and State Senator. Divided up as a group by our specific district, we were to meet our State Representatives and State Senator to briefly share our stories, explain why we were there (legislative priorities) and then ASK for their vote. Everybody came away with a “YES” vote.  Yay! You all rock!

There were three important legislative priorities introduced as House Bills this year: 

HB 1528 – Concerning Recovery Support Services. Updated: PASSED on 3/5 by unanimous vote.

HB 1529 – Removing barriers for agency affiliated counselors practicing as peer counselors. Updated: PASSED 3/1 with a 94-0 vote.

HB 1041 – The “New Hope Act.” Updated: PASSED 3/5 with a unanimous vote.

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who participated in this empowering event. You ALL are simply amazing. Giving of your precious time was greatly appreciated and as you can see by the election results, WELL WORTH EVERY MINUTE.

Read the feedback 

Recovery Advocacy Day Photo Gallery
NSRC Speakers Bureau Available Now for Your Organization to Book

NSRC now has a speaker’s bureau to help start the conversation about recovery. Do you need a guest speaker or know of an organization which would like to learn or to start a discussion about recovery? Let us know. We have 12 speakers ready to go out to the community to help start the conversation.


The NSRC messages to share are: 1) people DO recover, 2) there are many pathways to recovery, 3) people in recovery often learn profound lessons that are not visible, 4) recovery for substance abuse is similar to recovery from other illnesses and disorders, 5) addiction is a non-communicable disease, 6) recovery is on-going, not a singular event.


If your organization would like to begin the conversation of recovery and learn more about the recovery process, please contact the NSRC today.

NSRC monthly meeting

March 13, 2019 5:30-7:30 at the Reach Center, 1413 E. College Way, Mt. Vernon


5:30     Welcome

5:40 .   Brief introductions, updates and review of previous meeting

5:50 .   Opening remarks from our new Chair, Darci Ridenhour

6:00 .   Advocacy Day debriefing

Speakers Bureau: Retreat update/ goals for 2019/ places to book/ share this important resource to get conversation started.

Goals of the NSRC for 2019

  • Increase membership: How? What does this look like? 

  • Resource Committee 

  • We need a committee to design flyer/ business cards/ banners for events

Event Committee ( to promote NSRC and WRA)

  • Recovery Month

  • Fundraiser 5k Run/Walk piggybacked on either county or NSRC event for September

  • Parades

  • Community events: sharing in tables/events with other organizations

  • Use media to get NSRC recognized in the community

Calendar-year: Every other month, NSRC will meet in a new county to help support that member(s), organization, and county. Discuss/ schedule/ vote


Next steps and closing remarks


John has a live interview process he wants to propose

Etiquette for answering email inquiries

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2019 Seattle Mariners Washington State Recovery Day: Sunday, August 25 – 1 - 10 pm

Join the Seattle Mariners for Washington State Recovery Day at T-Mobile Park. Gather your family and friends for a fun-filled day of baseball and sunshine. Get a Washington State Recovery Day t-shirt (while supplies last) when you purchase through this special offer.

$19 View Level Tickets


A portion of every ticket purchased through this special offer will benefit the Washington Recovery Alliance.

For groups of 20+, the Mariners will put your organizations name up on the reader board + waive taxes/fees from ticket sale. Yay!

Deadline to purchase: Sunday, August 25 @ 12:00 pm!


or call 206 346 4519