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By John J. Tassoni, Jr.

Recovery Talk Radio receives 2017 Advocacy Award, a symbol of Hope

Last month, the Rhode Island Council on Problem Gambling presented me with the 2017 Advocacy Award in recognition of the assistance that my radio program, Recovery Radio, (which airs on WPRV AM 790, Mondays from 3 – 4 pm), offers to those struggling with addictions.

This is an honor that must be shared because this award rightfully belongs to the people who have come on the show and shared their stories of hope and triumph over substance abuse and addiction.

Addiction is a mental illness, a complex and confusing disease of the mind. Like many multi-faceted diseases, the root causes of addiction are elusive, a hazy mix of genetics, exposure, environment, and other unknown factors.

Recovery Radio brings help and hope to individuals and families in Rhode Island who are struggling with addiction, by providing useful information and resources to people suffering with this disease.

We hear the candid stories of people who have lost their jobs, homes, and for some, the love and support of their families, because of addiction.

For three years now, our radio program provides much more than statistics. We present the facts and information from healthcare professionals, resources on how to get help, and most of all, a new-found hope for those who have lost it.

Recovery Radio is the first of its kind in the state, and is sponsored by Phoenix Houses of New England.

As the show’s presenter, I am also a long-time social activist and recovery advocate, and former member of the Rhode Island State Senate, where I sponsored legislation creating the first of its kind Recovery High School program for teens who need to finish their education and receive help for their addiction issues.

On behalf of Recovery Radio’s over 14,000 listeners, I proudly accepted the award and look forward to a future of hope for those in recovery, and for the continued good work of Recovery Radio.