Rat Park Foundation | The Social Recovery Movement
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About

Rat Park is leading a social recovery movement that is fighting addiction issues while not being labeled as an anti-drug cause. For far too long, the only method for preventing addiction was to “just say no.” Evidence proves this method rarely works, and in fact, may have created bigger problems. According to research, the prominent cause of addiction is isolation and unhealthy relationships or environments. Instead of pushing abstinence, we believe advocating for positive human connection will create real bonds that bring the community together.

Through compassion, empathy, and acceptance, our goal is to erase the belief that substance abuse is a moral failing because addiction is a health issue, not a crime. While many can use substances socially without negative impacts or judgement of character, individuals who are struggling with addiction feel isolated and find it hard to ask for help because they fear shame and rejection. The truth is, recovery from addiction is possible, especially with support from loved ones.

There is more than one road to individual recovery, but it’s time we stand together and do our part to recover from the growing issues of isolation as a society. Rat Park’s mission is to create environments that promote healthy connections and provide proper education about mental health. By giving individuals the opportunity to be part of an accepting society, it will allow them to make conscious decisions for their own bodies. This means making the choice to ask for support if needed, making the choice to abstain from substance use if needed, or making the choice to use substances moderately that don’t create long-lasting harmful or negative impacts. Through lively social events and gatherings, we will bring the community together to create real face-to-face connections and use the funds raised from events for grants that will help individuals,who are struggling with mental health issues or substance dependencies and don’t have the financial means for treatment get the support they need.

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OUR PURPOSE

Raise awareness and reduce stigma about addictions while we simultaneously increase compassion and empathy to help support individuals in need of recovery.

OUR MISSION

Bring people of all ages together at fun events to support Rat Park’s social recovery movement.

OUR VISION

To connect the community through compassion, empathy and acceptance. Ultimately, Rat Park will award grants to individuals in need of recovery and ongoing recovery.

A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS

Opioid overdose takes a life every 19 minutes0

27M people use elicit or misuse prescription drugs 0

66M people binge drink at least once a month 0

IT’S TIME FOR CHANGE

-The truth is, there is no single face to addition, it impacts us all. 

 

Together, we must change the conversation. We must stop shaming and isolating people suffering from this chronic disease of the brain.

 

It’s time to treat this illness with urgency and compassion.
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Our vision is to lead a social recovery movement that helps us re-discover each other and builds a society that shows empathy and compassion by organizing and being a part of events that promote positive social connections.

TAKE ACTION

Be part of a movement that will rebuild human connection.

Get Informed

Learn why everything you know about addiction is wrong.

Raise Awareness

Talk about the negative effects and increase compassion to break stigmas.

Support Us

Help the social recovery movement by attending events, donating and spreading the message.

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Get Help

Learn about legal help and recourses to get free to low cost counseling.

Create Solutions

Promote drug policies based on compassion, health, human rights and science.

Participate

Contact us and find out what you can do to be part of the team.

MEET US

We are always seeking proactive, fun loving volunteers throughout the year. All team members started as volunteers; all volunteers become family.
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Anrea Santos

Co-founder/President
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Sarah King

Creative Producer
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Gabby Martinez

Co-founder/President
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Tyler Boessler

Graphic Designer
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Iris Rodrix

Chief Financial Officer
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Abby Sewell

Photographer

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Keep up with Rat Park’s journey to social recovery. Read articles about Rat Park in news media, articles written by team members, and any updates we’d like to share.

CONTACT US

We are here to give you any information you need. Feel free to contact us.

Mission Viejo, CA, 92692 – United States

Email: info@ratparkfdn.org