Tom Coderre is a former US Senator who was progressively losing everything to addiction until a humiliating arrest lead him to recovery in 2003. Tom thought his life was over, but little did he know it was just beginning.
Today, Tom can’t believe how his life has transformed. He was featured in the film, The Anonymous People, and works on the frontlines as a positive face and voice in recovery. Tom is a passionate, politically aware advocate who is also a humble traveler, son, brother and uncle trying to make a difference.
Tom Coderre is a living example how a person can go from drowning in hopeless addiction to thriving in long-term recovery. Don’t miss this incredible story!
“When we get into recovery, everything changes around us.”—Tom Coderre
Mr. Coderre currently serves as Senior Advisor to Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo where he serves as a liaison to the General Assembly and coordinates the state’s response to the opioid crisis.
In 2014 he was appointed by President Obama as chief of staff and senior advisor to the Assistant Secretary for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). While at SAMHSA, Tom led the team which produced “Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health,” the first report from a U.S. Surgeon General dedicated to this public health crisis.
He is the former National Field Director of Faces & Voices of Recovery and has an extensive background in government, serving as a member of the Rhode Island Senate from 1995-2003 and as chief of staff to the Senate President from 2009-2014.
“I am part of—not in charge of—this world.”—Tom Coderre
The Anonymous People
THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE is a feature documentary film about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction. Deeply entrenched social stigma and mass participation in widely successful anonymous 12-step groups have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades. Just like women with breast cancer, or people with HIV/AIDS, courageous addiction recovery advocates are starting to come out of the shadows to tell their true stories.
Faces and Voices in Recovery
Faces & Voices of Recovery is dedicated to organizing and mobilizing the over 23 million Americans in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, our families, friends and allies into recovery community organizations and networks, to promote the right and resources to recover through advocacy, education and demonstrating the power and proof of long-term recovery.
Tom Coderre’s Links
Recovery Advocacy with Jesse Heffernan
Mobilize Recovery with Ryan Hampton