Only A Few Days Away Now When Washington, DC Hears Us! UNITE to FACE ADDICTION!

Hello Recovery Friends, Readers, My Supporters and New Visitors,


Weather and the storm is on everyone’s mind, I just got Important Update To Share about Event and Weather! I will keep them coming when I get them everyone “-)  *Catherine*
10-1-2015… 4:30pm PT

To: Catherine Townsend-Lyon,

“I want to take a minute to update you on Sunday’s rally. Holding a safe event in Washington, DC is very important to us. We know many of you have plans to come from near and far to attend. We’re watching the storm’s track, speaking with all appropriate officials, and working to determine the best course of action. We’ll send you more information as soon as we can about any updates regarding the storm’s impact on our event. Thank you for your patience and support. Check back for another update tomorrow morning. ”

–Greg Williams



We are now only days away from this exciting event! I wanted to bring all my recovery friends up to date on all the happenings of this fabulous weekend! Washington will finally have to Face Addiction when thousands rally on the Washington Mall. We need more funding in this country for those who have the desire to recover and can not afford rehab and treatment!!!

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So let me start for those who have not heard all about this special rally of thousands from all over UNITED to Face Addiction. Our voices will be heard on The National Mall!

About UNITES to Face Addiction:

The UNITE to Face Addiction rally is being organized by Facing Addiction Inc., a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to finding solutions to the addiction crisis, as well as an independent coalition of national, state, and local non-profit organizations.


Bring together the best resources in the field in order to reduce the human and social costs of addiction, every year, until this public health crisis is eliminated.


  • Build a grassroots constituency to give the millions affected by addiction a voice
  • “Rebrand addiction” to create the understanding, empathy, outrage and demand urgently needed to advance solutions
  • Increase access to effective prevention, treatment and recovery programs
  • Translate scientific innovation into useful tools and services
  • Advocate for governments to implement evidence-based policies and regulatory practices to end addiction
  • Widely share the proof of long-term recovery

Founding Board of Directors

  • John Silverman, Chairman: Owner, SilverSEAL Corporation – New York, NY
  • Todd Hollander, Vice Chairman: Private Investor – New York, NY
  • Terry Meyerhoff Rubenstein, Secretary: Director, Meyerhoff Family Office – Baltimore, MD
  • Charles E. Johnson: Managing Director, TANO Capital – San Francisco, CA
  • Janet Zagorin: Client Services Officer, Sidley Austin LLP – New York, NY
  • Robin Kiam Aviv: Non-Profit Advisor – New York, NY
  • R. Steven Hicks: Chairman, Capstar Partners – Austin, TX
  • Stacie Mathewson: Founder, The Stacie Mathewson Foundation – Reno, NV

Now for those like me who can not make it to D.C.?  You can now watch and plan your won event with their now Live Stream of this fantastic event! Visit this link to get all the details and tool kit to help you! Here is the blue link I got send from the Campaign Director.


We are finalizing plans for a live free webcast of the UNITE to Face Addiction rally in Washington, DC on October 4th starting at 4 PM EDT.

Very soon, we will be sending you specific details about what websites will carry the rally live. We’ve put together a toolkit to help you bring people together to experience the day the silence ends. Click here for the complete toolkit.

In the meantime, make sure you get your smart TV, laptop and projector, or other web connected devices and gather your community for a viewing party to watch history unfolding at 4 PM EDT on October 4th on the National Mall.

Greg Williams
Campaign Director
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Now here are just some of the events that will be going on in for all who do make it to The Rally!!!
And, I will be blogging many of the events going on this weekend too!






Joe Walsh
Best known as a guitarist, Walsh is also an American singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. He has been a member of five successful rock bands, including the Eagles, James Gang, Barnstorm, The Party Boys and Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. As a member of the Eagles, Walsh won five Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.


1 Photo Credit Zack Whitford

Steven Tyler

Steven Tyler is the iconic songwriter and prolific voice of the best-selling American rock band, Aerosmith. Tyler is considered one of music’s most recognizable and dynamic frontmen and has been cited by Rolling Stone as “one of the greatest singers of all time.” Tyler and Aerosmith have sold more than 150 million records worldwide, he has won four Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, and an Emmy Award. In addition to having nine number one hits, 25 gold, 18 platinum and 12 multi-platinum album certifications, Tyler, along with the rest of his band members were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2013, Tyler was awarded with the Founder’s Award at the ASCAP Pop Awards and was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Tyler is currently working on his highly anticipated solo album with Big Machine Label Group. His first country single “Love Is Your Name” debuted on May 13, 2015 and reached #1 on the Billboard Country Streaming Songs chart.


Sheryl Crow
Crow is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist who has sold over fifty million albums worldwide and has won nine Grammy Awards from 32 nominations. Her music speaks to many by incorporating elements of pop, rock, folk, country and blues. Crow has performed with countless artists including, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Nicks, Michael Jackson, Prince, Eric Clapton, Tina Turner and Bob Dylan, among others.

Now these are just a few of the musical acts that will be performing!! Go to the website for the full line up of musical supporters and performers.. .. Here: Facing Addiction Live Music

Another Event:

Drugs Over Dinner

Drugs Over Dinner is partnering with UNITE to Face Addiction to have a compassionate conversation about drugs and addiction in our communities, and encourage America to shine a light on the addiction crisis by rallying on the National Mall in Washington DC on October 4, 2015.

The goal of Drugs Over Dinner is to move us toward a new paradigm in which communication is the centerpiece at the table. When families and friends are able to speak in direct, authentic ways about substance use and addiction, it sets off a ripple effect that, ultimately, can change the way we think about and relate around this issue.

The following video instills an enormous sense of hope—just as it did when the conversations started to unfold, like the one captured here. The honesty and compassion shared in the dinners since launching Drugs Over Dinner are the reasons why Michael Hebb, Angel Grant and Jamison Monroe, Jr., created Drugs Over Dinner, an online tool for planning community dinners where the focus is talking openly about drugs and addiction.
(((Visit the blue link to see video)))
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AND, if that was not enough? On Monday Oct. 5th 2015 will be “Advocacy Day!!” Here is info:

On Monday, October 5th, the day after the UNITE to Face Addiction Rally, citizen advocates will meet with policymakers on Capitol Hill to engage in conversations about the need for addiction solutions and the growing constituency of consequence that is demanding solutions.

Advocacy Day has two overarching goals:

  1. Achieve a health response to addiction
  2. Improve public safety and protect civil liberties to enhance health outcomes of those in or seeking recovery from addiction involved with the criminal justice system

To achieve these goals, citizen advocates will:

  1. Thank Members of Congress who have co-sponsored 524/HR 953, The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), and ask other Members to add their names as co-sponsors to this bipartisan piece of legislation.
  2. Ask their Members of Congress to sign a letter to federal agencies indicating that they are in support of full implementation and enforcement of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.
  3. Ask Members of Congress to support the REDEEM Act (S 675/HR 1672).

To download the Advocacy Day training presentation, click here. To see the full training webinar, click here. For best viewing, please be sure to download the webinar by clicking the download button located in the top right-hand corner.

Registration for Advocacy Day is now closed. Please direct all questions, including online sign-up questions, to



The Advocacy Day breakfast is proudly sponsored by the Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy.

The UNITE to Face Addiction Rally on October 4, 2015 and Advocacy Day on October 5, 2015 are separate events. Facing Addiction, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to finding solutions to the addiction crisis, as well as an independent coalition of national, state and local organizations, is sponsoring both events.
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There you have it recovery friends! Just some of the exciting things going on this weekend and Monday following all the important work, messages, and Raising Awareness that Washington, D.C. needs to hear and to FACE ADDICTION!!

Until my next update? Have a blessed day all!

Catherine Townsend-Lyon, Author & Gambling Addiction & Recovery Advocate 🙂



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