Our Fundamental Beliefs

We believe that every human life has intrinsic value.

We believe that addiction is a disease.

We believe that addiction affects the whole person.

We believe that addiction affects individuals, families, and communities.

We believe that incarceration and mandated treatment do not solve the problem of addiction.

We believe in advocating for drug policy reform.

We believe when state law and moral law conflict, we must follow moral law in the best interest of our neighbor.

We believe in equipping people who use drugs with education.

We believe in empowering people who use drugs to make healthier decisions.

We believe that recovery does not have a one-size-fits-all approach and reject necessary adherence to abstinence-only models of recovery.

We believe that someone’s recovery is their choice alone.

We believe that someone’s choice of recovery can include: continued consumption with less risk of infection, lessened consumption, varied route of consumption, following a medication-assisted treatment plan, abstaining from only one particular substance, or abstaining from all mind-altering substances.

We believe that resuming use does not equate failure in recovery but it simply reinforces our belief in the relentlessness of the disease.

We believe that we best combat the isolating nature of addiction through intimate connection.

We believe that stigma kills, but that love heals us.