How You Can Advocate

Tell Your Story

Make your voice heard by sharing your recovery story and putting a face on Substance Use Disorder.

Learn how to effectively tell your story with SAARA's Voices for Recovery training. 

Participate in Advocacy Day

Each year SAARA of Virginia participates with substance use disorder and mental health advocacy groups at the State Capitol. To get involved in Advocacy Day, email


*There is no Advocacy Day 2021 due to COVID*

Advocacy Training

SAARA’s advocacy training engages participants in practical techniques, interactive exercises, advocacy planning ideas, and more. Each participant receives tangible, take-away, advocacy tools and resources.

Speak at a Hearing

Legislators need to hear from you. Let your voice be heard at the Virginia budget hearings. Treatment for substance use disorder (SUD) and addiction works and investment in recovery creates positive change and saves lives

Sign Up for Advocacy Alerts

Join the Advocacy Alerts email list. It is the easiest way to stay up to date on the fast paced legislation session in real-time.

SAARA Affiliates

Join or start a SAARA Affiliate in your community. Our affiliates focus on advocacy efforts specific to the needs in their region.

Email for more information