The Recovery Project Rally

Inspired by the success of their critically acclaimed program Intervention, the A&E television network has launched an initiative to raise awareness about addiction and recovery. The effort known as the Recovery Project began with a rally at Brooklyn’s Cadman Plaza, followed by a march across the Brooklyn Bridge.

In a press release, Bob DeBitetto, president and general manager of the A&E Network and Bio Channel said, “We believe that the considerable reach of A&E Network provides a powerful platform to address, head-on, this enormous public health issue and the urgent need for meaningful action. ‘Intervention’ served as a wake-up call to the fact that addiction is a disease pervading every aspect of our society. Nobody is immune, and everyone deserves a chance to fight for his or her recovery.”

Despite the morning’s drizzle and fog, thousands of recovering addicts came out today. Some were decades into their recovery, others had been clean only a few days, but all hoped that they could help others understand that addiction is a treatable disease and recovery is possible.

Gathering in the park

Worker distributing t-shirts

In recovery for four months and nine months

Daughter with mother 15 years in recovery

In recovery since May 10th

In recovery for 19 years

In recovery for 10 years, new in recovery

In recovery for 13 years

In recovery for 28 months

In recovery for 35 years

In recovery for 60 days

Family from Trenton, NJ

In recovery for 8 1/2 months

In recovery for 25 years

Crossing the bridge with a cigarette and a lollipop

In recovery for 12 years

In recovery for 19 days

In recovery for 23 years

Crossing Brooklyn Bridge together

In recovery for 13 years

Walking across the bridge

In recovery “and I vote”

A&E: The Recovery Project
A&E: Recovery Rally
A&E: Intervention


7 Responses to The Recovery Project Rally

  1. photowannabe says:

    That’s an awesome Rally. I admire those who are willing to share their struggles so otherscan recover too.
    Great photojournalism.


  2. Caryn says:

    this was a day I’ll never forget


  3. teri says:

    thank you to everyone who got out there and showed there support of recovery. i have been in recovery for over 3 yrs and it is the best thing that i ever did for myself. Its a fabu way to live and its never boring


  4. Hi,

    I just love the images you have of people in recovery with their signs. I am putting together a video of the event for NCADD-NJ and I would love to use some of your images. We don’t have a budget for this and we did get alot of photography from volunteers, but I especially like that you shot peole with the signs. Please email me back and let me know if I can use some of the images in the video.




  5. Camye Thibodaux says:

    I was honored to represent Louisiana at the rally. It was thrilling to join thousands of other recovering individuals in visibly demonstrating the miracles that occur in sobriety. I was standing on stage, giggling with my new-found friends, when tears of gratitude started rolling down my cheeks. It was an amazing event, and I hope that it grows exponentially every year!

    Thanks to everyone responsible for putting it together.



  6. Tony says:

    Hi Guys,

    Its Monday August 10th and still haven’t recieved a call (either way) in regards to us performing at the A&E Recovery Rally in New York. Today, I called and talked with a woman that has apparently replaced Luke. She advised me that we would not be performing at the Recovery Rally and she has found a Motown Superstar to perform. I just wanted to let you know that all of us (including all of our New England fans) are sad and dissapointed that you have turned down a Prism Award Winning Original Recovery Band of 6 Recovering Alcoholics/Addicts for a Motown Superstar. Isn’t this whole thing about Recovery? I have been told all along that you were still very interested in having us perform so I have kept that date open. All the followup calls that I have made to Luke he always said he was still interested and promised to get back to me soon. You could of at least got honest with me and not kept all of us hanging. We at least deserved a phonecall. I hope your Recovery Rally is successful and we will continue to support it by spreading the word.

    Tony Marossie

    —– Original Message —–
    From: Seth Webb
    To: Tony
    Cc: Luke Abbott
    Sent: Monday, March 02, 2009 6:17 PM
    Subject: RE: Recovery Band “Selfish Steam”

    Tony –

    Congrats on the Prism Award. We’re just getting our plan together right now and are beginning the talent search. Our budgets have been drastically reduced, so we’re trying to figure out what we can do in terms of entertainment. What would it cost to host you guys for a set around noon at the conclusion of the walk? Would you consider a performance for a free or a discounted fee if we highlighted you in press materials/promotion? Would your band require any special production needs? Please let us know.




  7. Today, while I was at work, my sister stole my iPad and tested to
    see if it can survive a 25 foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation.

    My iPad is now broken and she has 83 views.
    I know this is completely off topic but I had to share it with someone!


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