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The Addiction Coalition
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spaceWinner of Alabama’s first-ever Celebrate Recovery Challenge!
(See below for more about the Celebrate Recovery Challenge and the Addiction Coalition’s win)

The Addiction Coalition is an initiative of the Freedom Source, a relatively new nonprofit organization in Birmingham that provides hope and help to individuals and families trying to find solutions for drug and alcohol addiction.

The Addiction Coalition is a community broad group focused on significantly reducing the impact of drugs and alcohol in a five-county area. This group is involved in research of best practices around the country to determine the most effective techniques, including provider collaborations as well as legislative and judicial coordinations. A Steering Committee establishes the agenda and focus, emphasizing meaningful impacts over short periods of time. The Freedom Source is involved to assist in maintaining momentum for the conversations and in finding available resources as needed.

To eliminate addiction in central Alabama


  • To support and create effective, culture-changing community awareness and prevention programs through area churches, schools and employers
  • To foster a community conversation to encourage collaboration and deployment of the most effective assessment, treatment and long-term recovery techniques
  • To be the catalyst in increasing capacity for treatment, both youth and adult, to dramatically reduce the social cost and impact of addiction

The Addiction Coalition’s brochure

For more information about the Addiction Coalition, contact:
Rev. J. Sándor Cheka, III
Executive Director
The Addiction Coalition
200 Union Hill Drive, Suite 101
Birmingham, AL 35209

Celebrate Recovery Challenge

The Addiction Coalition’s Real People, Real Stories online event was chosen as the winner of the first-ever Celebrate Recovery Challenge! Nearly 8,600 votes were cast by mental health stakeholders and the general public for the event they thought best embodied the purpose of Recovery Month by increasing awareness and decreasing stigma. See the Addiction Coalition’s winning submission below.

Real People, Real Stories

The Celebrate Recovery Challenge was hosted by ADMH as another component of Alabama’s celebration of National Recovery Month. Held annually during the month of September and sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Recovery Month seeks to promote the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery from mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Raising awareness is a crucial component of Recovery Month, and organizations throughout Alabama have traditionally hosted events statewide to celebrate the observance and help promote its message.

ADMH would like to thank all the organizations who hosted events and entered the Celebrate Recovery Challenge, as well as everyone who voted, for making the Challenge such a success!

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