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This addiction recovery advocacy movement timeline highlights events and milestones that mark the history of peer recovery support, recovery advocacy and federal support for peer-based and other recovery services.

From the formation of Native American recovery circles in 1750 to the UNITE to Face Addiction rally in Washington, DC, in 2015, the movement continues to evolve in organizing and addressing the needs of people in recovery, their families and communities.

This timeline, compiled by Altarum Institute and adapted from the work of William L. White and other recovery movement historians, will be updated periodically as new events and graphics are added.

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Project Leader

Diana Williams Portrait

Diana Williams

Director, Behavioral Health Technical Assistance Center



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