New Jersey grassroots network of volunteers engaging the public and various organizations to educate, prevent substance use disorders and advocate for recovery from the disease of addiction.

We provide a highly visible presence within the State of New Jersey in order to:

1. educate the public on substance use disorders;

2. Provide hope and inspiration to those struggling with the disease of addiction;

3. Demonstrate and celebrate the reality

of recovery from substance use disorders in our community;

4. Eliminate the isolation, shame, stigma and discrimination associated with mental health/substance use disorders;

5. Empower individuals and families to seek freedom from the bonds of addiction;

6. Increase dialog and collaboration in the substance use continuum including, but not limited to, the areas of prevention, treatment and recovery;

7. Remove barriers from those who seek healthy and productive lives in recovery.

Meeting for Community Leaders:

7:00 PM @ Transition Professionals,

269 Passaic Street, Hackensack, NJ

What do we do?

To engage, collaborate, educate and advocate for prevention, treatment and recovery from substance use disorders.

2020 New Jersey Walk*Rally

Our Goals

Our Mission


  • Annual statewide recovery event is our signature
  • Actively engage dialog towards real solutions
  • Promote collaboration
  • Provide a voice of the people and for the people
  • Facilitate, communicate and participate in advocacy initiatives throughout NJ

Every SECOND Monday

Who are we?

It is with much disappointment that we are announcing the cancelling of New Jersey’s 2020 Recovery Walk*Rally which was scheduled to be held on Saturday, September 19th (National Recovery Day) at Liberty State Park. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic, the current Governor’s Order and all the related uncertainty has made this year’s event, which was to be our 7th annual, an impossibility.

Ironically, the reasons the Walk*Rally is cancelled, are the reasons which made/makes it much NEEDED: addiction is running rampant in our communities, substance misuse is unfettered and taking prisoners in many homes, overdoses, suicide and mental health decomposition are all at unprecedented levels. Our communities need to return to health. How are we to do that in these extraordinary times? First and foremost, we can take care of our own bio-psycho-social wellbeing: not easy an easy challenging these days. We can use our tools, principles and faith as well as seek the compassion, wisdom and experience of others. We need each other now more than ever. Every action matters. Our well-chosen words pale in comparison to the power of our example.

And, we hope that you join us. Share with us what you can of your thoughts, time and ideas on how to shine the beacon of recovery; driving out the darkness of addiction. We look forward to hearing from you.

Until we meet again, thank you and be well.


                                  Most gratefully,

                                  Lisa E. Gladwell, Esq., Chair

                                  On behalf of
                                  NEW JERSEY RECOVERY ADVOCATES, Inc.


We are a 501c3 organization of passionate recovery advocates from all corners of the state who believe that long term recovery from substance use disorder is attainable.

September 19, 2020