The Institute for Recovery Advocacy

A Leading Voice

About Us

Learn about our past, present and future. Hear from the people who are carrying on the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's strong advocacy legacy - one that includes important contributions to landmark "parity" legislation, robust public education initiatives and leadership establishing a recovery advocacy movement focused on smashing stigma by highlighting the positive faces and voices of recovering people.

Our Advocacy & Public Affairs Leaders

Meet the team spearheading our efforts to educate the public, provide media interviews, shape public policy and smash stigma. Scroll down further for our top doctors.

Our World-Class Clinical Leaders

Meet some of our top physicians who frequently testify on Capitol Hill; provide media interviews; speak at national events; and consult policymakers, journalists and others on all aspects of the opioids crisis.

Our Rich History

Former First Lady Betty Ford represents the strong roots of the Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy, which was established in 2015 as a merger of the former Betty Ford Institute and Hazelden Center for Public Advocacy.

The First Lady of Recovery Advocacy

Betty Ford put a courageous face on recovery in 1978 when, at age 60, she openly sought treatment for addiction to alcohol and prescription medications. Her candor created a national dialogue and lifted some of the shame surrounding addiction, unlocking the door to recovery, especially for women.

Media & Policymaker Resources

For interviews, information or anything else, contact us at the Institute for Recovery Advocacy


Media and Policymakers

Your go-to connection for information on confronting the nation's heroin and prescription opioid crisis.

Opioid Resources

Opioid Facts & Figures

Eye-opening national statistics, information about opioids and how they work, and our national public survey results

The Latest Data

Opioid Policy Priorities 

Our comprehensive solutions to the nation's opioid crisis.

Our Recommendations