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#LifeTake2: Our stories and conversations have power

We share these stories, speeches and discussions to help smash the stigma of addiction, and to inspire and educate people everywhere about the power of prevention and the promise of recovery.

Marvin Seppala, M.D.

Hazelden Betty Ford's Chief Medical Officer, speaking at Mayo Clinic's 2015 innovation conference, shares how his own remarkable recovery story and his medical education combined to inform his views on merging "science and spirit" in the clinical care of addiction.

Author Gary Stromberg

The author, public relations professional and film producer speaks Jan. 16, 2016, at the Betty Ford Center's popular "Alcohol and Other Drugs Awareness Hour." In the talk, Stromberg tells his own remarkable story of recovery from addiction while also sharing some of the celebrity recovery stories documented in his books.

Actress Mackenzie Phillips

The actress, singer, counselor and advocate shares about her long, winding and ultimately triumphant recovery journey. Phillips was a featured speaker at HazelFest 2015.

Betty Ford

Mrs. Betty Ford used to share her recovery story with patients at the Betty Ford Center in a regular lecture. Here, you can watch the lecture in three parts. 

Gary Louris of The Jayhawks

The Jayhawks frontman, whose seminal rock band headlined HazelFest 2014, shares how nine years of painkiller use led him to the brink of self-destruction, and why he's proud now to be recovering from addiction.

William Moyers at 51st Nobel Conference

Hazelden Betty Ford's VP of Public Affairs and Community Relations speaks at the 51st Nobel Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College, "Addiction: Exploring the Science and Experience of an Equal Opportunity Condition," held Oct. 7, 2015.

Johnny and Molly Solomon of Communist Daughter

This husband-and-wife duo shares about Johnny's recovery from addiction, how their relationship was saved, and their band Communist Daughter's journey through it all. Communist Daughter performed at HazelFest in both 2013 and 2014.

Tommy Rosen

Tommy Rosen, host of the annual Recovery 2.0 online conferences co-sponsored by the Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy, shares powerful, inspirational insights on yoga, nutrition, spirituality and holistic recovery. 

Davina Sowers of Davina and the Vagabonds

This musical powerhouse shares her remarkable recovery story for the first time publicly in this conversation prior to her performance at HazelFest 2014. Davina and the Vagabonds also performed a HazelFest 2015.

Preparing Prescribers to Confront the Opioid Crisis

Washington, DC (Oct. 5, 2015) - Speakers featured in this playlist include: Dr. Marvin Seppala; ONDCP Director Michael Botticelli; Jeannie Sperry, PhD; Mackenzie Phillips; Dr. Mehmet Oz; Kentucky Rep. John Tilley; U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin; U.S. Sen. Ed Markey; U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte; U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito.

'Unite to Face Addiction' Pep Rally

Washington, DC (Oct. 4, 2015) - Speakers featured in this playlist: Betsy Farver-Smith, Jill Petsel, William Moyers, Laura de Thier-Lupori, Tommy Rosen, Suzula Bidon, Mackenzie Phillips and Dr. Harry Haroutunian. 


Minneapolis (Aug. 15, 2015) - This summit brought together public officials, people impacted by opioid addiction, law enforcement, doctors, pharmacists, and treatment and recovery professionals to discuss solutions to the opioid crisis. Speakers included Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger, marathon legend Dick Beardsley, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer and University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler, among others. 

Preventing Opioid Deaths Among Young People

Washington, DC (June 10, 2015) - Speakers featured in this playlist include: U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy; Dr. Joseph Lee; Amelia Arria, PhD; Greg Williams; Sarah Nerad; Ivana Grahovac; Tim Rabolt; A.J. Senerchia; U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse; U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch; U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar; and U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen; 

Addiction is About People

Washington, DC (April 29, 2015) - Dr. Joseph Lee, Medical Director for Hazelden Betty Ford's Youth Continuum, speaks about treating opioid use disorder and confronting the national opioids crisis at a Congressional Forum on Addiction.

Fed Up

Washington, DC (Sept. 28, 2014) - Hazelden Betty Ford's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Marv Seppala, speaks at the 2nd Fed Up Rally on the National Mall. He also spoke at the third rally in 2015. The event is held as a visible public call for federal solutions to the national opioids crisis. 

Family Recovery with the Moyers Family - LBJ Library

Dr. Marvin Seppala - Merging Science and Spirit

Congressman Jim Ramstad - Walking the Talk

Marathoner Dick Beardsley - A Runner's Toughest Race

Musician Gary Louris - The Jayhawks

Musicians Johnny and Molly Solomon - Communist Daughter

William Cope Moyers - The Birth of an Advocate

Congressman Patrick Kennedy - Recovering in the Spotlight

Allen Berger, PhD - On Wisdom

Nell Hurley - The Language of Recovery Advocacy

Carol McDaid - Public Policy

Davina Sowers of Davina & The Vagabonds

Susan Ford Bales - Her Mother's Advocacy Legacy

William Moyers - His Story at The Library of Congress

Olympic Gold Medalist Carrie B - On Living Sober

A Family's Path to Recovery - The Moyers' in NYC

Anthony G - Young Person in Recovery

Steven Ford - Celebrating Recovery Month

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