Los Angeles, CA (Nov. 17, 2016)—The Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy praises the release today of the U.S. Surgeon General's first-ever report on addiction in America.
"The Surgeon General's historic report will bring hope by cementing in the public consciousness the reality that substance use disorder is a chronic illness that can be overcome by individuals and addressed as a community and nation with appropriate healthcare and community support systems," said Nick Motu, vice president of the Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy. "We highly applaud Dr. Murthy's visionary leadership on this important issue."
"With substance use disorders affecting nearly a third of American families, and more people dying from drug overdose than from car crashes in this country, it's imperative we come together to address this major public health crisis in our communities and throughout our health care system," said Motu. "We believe this report can be that catalyst."
The report, "Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health," was unveiled at an event called "Facing Addiction in America: A National Summit with the Surgeon General" at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. The report addresses alcohol, illicit drugs and prescription drug misuse, with chapters dedicated to neurobiology, prevention, treatment, recovery, health systems integration and recommendations for the future.
The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's William Moyers, vice president of Public Affairs and Community Relations, spoke at the event and moderated part of the program.
"As a national leader in education, prevention, treatment and recovery, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation will amplify the findings and recommendations in this report throughout the upcoming year and beyond through our Institute for Recovery Advocacy," said Motu. “We are hopeful this groundbreaking report will put an end to counterproductive debates about whether addiction is a disease and free the nation to move ahead in addressing substance use disorder as a serious public health matter - one that we can absolutely impact if we collectively decide to do so."
Watch the live stream of the event here at 1 p.m. Pacific time. And access the full report and executive summary at www.Addiction.SurgeonGeneral.gov.
About the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation helps people reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction. It is the nation's largest nonprofit treatment provider, with a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center. With 17 sites in California, Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois, New York, Florida, Massachusetts, Colorado and Texas, the Foundation offers prevention and recovery solutions nationwide and across the entire continuum of care for youth and adults. It includes a specialized program for legal professionals, the largest recovery publishing house in the country, a fully-accredited graduate school of addiction studies, an addiction research center, an education arm for medical professionals and a unique children's program, and is the nation's leader in advocacy and policy for treatment and recovery. Learn more at www.HBFinstitute.org and Twitter@hazldnbettyford.