The Little Rock Round table, evoking, as it does, positive feelings of compassion, steadfastness, courage, honor, chivalry and nobility, will seek to focus on the recovery of every individual who seeks help. In this we have been inspired by the 12th century round table, which, history tells us, had 12 members, and we intend to begin with that number. In our focus on the community, we have been partly influenced by Thornton Wilder’s play, “Our Town,” and by the extraordinarily positive responses of the nation’s communities, including my hometown of Summit, N.J., to the challenges of World War II.
Community assets and focus
Little Rock’s assets include excellent hospitals (dealing with both mental health and drug addiction problems), community-focused and entrepreneurial churches, traditional 12 step programs and a history of proactively dealing with addictions dating back to 1940. The plan is focused on:
- Reducing the demand for alcohol and other drugs by promoting recovery while maintaining adequate law enforcement protection to limit the supply.
- . Forming collaborations with other organizations with complementary objectives.
- . Promoting healthy lifestyles in spirit, mind and body.
- . Encouraging the interest and support of local governments.
Our mission, ultimately, is to eliminate drug abuse in every community in America, a tall order, but we will begin with Little Rock/ North Little Rock and take it one day at a time. Our approach will be to:
- Further define and inventory available resources in our community which are needed for recovery including medical, churches, AA and other 12 Step programs, law enforcement and programs for teens, vets, prison inmates and other vulnerable populations.
- Survey public opinion (local feelings about addressing the addiction problem and how to solve it) through available data and through polling.
- Simultaneously begin to develop programs and resources needed for dealing with substance abuse problems.
Short Term Goals
- Position One Day at a Time as a valuable non-profit resource on substance abuse and recovery and a model for other communities both inside and outside the state. Provide educational, cultural and life-changing initiatives for addicts, those on the path to recovery, families and friends of substance abusers, healthcare professionals and businesses.
- Work with legislators and begin to identify priority issues for an ODAT legislative agenda.Expand our website to offer more resources including listings of treatment and transition facilities, churches, employment opportunities, 12 Step meetings, books, education and employment opportunities and commentaries.
- Create a speakers bureau, which would include inmates, teenagers, healthcare professionals, veterans and other in recovery.
- Develop further our presence on Facebook, Twitter and Linked-in
- Increase revenue through tax-deductible contributions, advertising, speaker fees, special events (some collaborative), book sales and others.
- Identify grant opportunities, create a grant calendar and begin developing proposals.
- Create and implement annual activities for our prison, adolescent/college and veteran prison inmates. We have a good track record since our founding in mid 2004 and through God’s grace we will do our best to make a difference.
Public Relations and Marketing
We seek funding with the following seven sources of revenue in mind:
- Hospitals and addiction treatment facilities
- Web and social media advertising and promotion
- Special events
- Support from local government
- Book publishing
“On any given day,” Joseph Califano writes in his book, High Society, “100 million Americans (one third of the population) are taking some stimulant, antidepressant, tranquilizer, or painkiller; smoking; inhaling from aerosol cans or glue bottles; or self medicating with alcohol or illegal substances like marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, hallucinogens, Ecstasy, and other designer drugs.”
Surely we can do better.