4D History

4D Recovery — formerly 4th Dimension Recovery/4th Dimension Recovery Center — got its name from Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), the world’s largest recovery mutual-aid program. 

AA co-founder Bill Wilson stated that working with another alcoholic* to overcome drinking was like “being rocketed into the 4th dimension.” 

In 2012, 4th Dimension’s name was created by one of 4D’s founding members Devin Andrade, one of many young recovering leaders responsible for starting the nonprofit. In the early days, 4D’s primary purpose was to provide a safe environment free from drugs and alcohol where young people recovering from alcohol and substance use disorders could hang out and achieve recovery. 

Winston Murray, 4D’s first president, played a special role in elevating the organization and making its dream — of funding the organization and watching it flourish — a reality with his unwavering grit and commitment. Through a series of fundraising events and community outreach efforts, 4D caught the attention of several recovery oldtimers, public officials, and government contractors, and its purpose began to grow. 

Tony Vezina, 4D co-founder and current executive director, worked with Winston to enhance the growth of 4D’s mission. The foundation of a transformative organization was fastened to Portland’s recovery community as they leaned on key stakeholders. Support for 4D sprung into action from across sectors as stakeholders began to invest in the organization.

4D Recovery extends special thanks to the following individuals and organizations:

  • Eric Martin, MHACBO of Oregon
    Eric is a leading addiction recovery expert in Oregon and has donated numerous hours in helping 4D develop our recovery support service model.
  • James F. O’Rourke and Associates
    Jim’s leadership can only be characterized as servant-first. In my interactions with him since the first fundraiser at 4D, I have come to deeply appreciate Jim’s unwavering devotion to raising others up. Through his law practice, 12-Step program, and philanthropic activities, Jim is healing our community one person at a time.” — Tony Vezina, 4D Recovery Executive Director.

    Since 4D’s inception, Jim has given much of his energy and resources to our mission. He is our biggest fan and single largest individual supporter. We can always count on Jim to support our ideas while providing insight and mentorship. We are growing in-part from his wisdom, guidance, and advocacy.

  • Multnomah County Addictions Department
    The Multnomah County Addictions Department took a chance on 4D with a small peer-service grant in 2015. Since then, they have been a dedicated granter and have ensured we have the resources we need to continue offering free, on-demand recovery support services.
  • Miracles Club
    The Miracles Club is an African American-specific recovery community organization that has long been a staple in the recovery community in Northeast Portland and has provided 4D technical assistance in peer service delivery in 2015.
  • Nick Smit and Gresham Subaru
    Nick Smit is the general manager of Gresham Subaru. Since 2015, 4D has been the hometown charity in the annual Share the Love event where a portion of all new cars sold are donated to the non-profit of the buyers choice. To date, they have raised over $180,000.

4D Recovery honors its founding members:

  • Winston Murray 
  • Whitney Fabrizio 
  • Robert Cleland
  • Emma Nelson
  • Kortnie Smith
  • Nikki Madden
  • Ryan Blake 
  • Jason Awbrey
  • Brian Crandall
  • Devin Andrade 
  • Tony Vezina 

4D Recovery honors its founding sponsors:

  • James F. O’Rourke 
  • Gary Patterson
  • Andrew Spanswick
  • Milt Parham 
  • Eric Martin
  • Stan Herman 
  • David Culpepper

*We now try to use less pejorative terms — outside of mutual-aid meetings — when referring to people with substance use disorders, and instead focus on person-centered language, like “person with alcohol use disorder.”

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