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Dec. 15, 2016 - Institute for Recovery Advocacy exhibits at "Dissonance Presents: Unhappy Holidays" (Minneapolis).

Jan. 14, 2017 - Susan Ford Bales, Mary Bono and Jerry Moe present "Healing the Hurt: Families, Addiction, and Recovery" at Betty Ford Center's Awareness Hour (Rancho Mirage, CA).

Feb. 11, 2017 - Judi Hollis, PhD, and Gary Lange, PhD, present "What Else Is Going On? Addiction and Related Disorders" at Betty Ford Center's Awareness Hour (Rancho Mirage, CA).

March 11, 2017 - Martha Susan Horton, PhD, and Johanna O'Flaherty, PhD, present "Safe and Sound: Healing from Trauma and Addiction" at Betty Ford Center's Awareness Hour (Rancho Mirage, CA).

April 8, 2017 - Mystery celebrity guest speakers present "Celebrity and Recovery: Can I Still Be Creative If I'm Sober?" at Betty Ford Center's Awareness Hour (Rancho Mirage, CA).

See organization's full events calendar.


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Prior Events ----

Nov. 17, 2016 - William Moyers spoke and moderated a panel at "Facing Addiction in America: A National Summit with the Surgeon General" (Los Angeles).

Nov. 16, 2016 - Jeremiah Gardner spoke to senior class at Mounds Park Academy about alcohol and other drugs and related life skills (St. Paul, MN).

Nov. 15, 2016 - William Moyers spoke at "Living in Recovery - Working in a Culture of Alcohol" event, the latest installment of Conversations on the Creative Economy, presented by the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work at Augsburg College in association with Minnesota Public Radio (Minneapolis).

Nov. 3, 2016 - William Moyers spoke at Midwest Mentoring Forum (Mounds View, MN).

Oct. 26, 2016 - William Moyers delivered keynote for Wisconsin State Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery Training Conference (Wisconsin Dells, WI). 

Oct. 25, 2016 - Dr. Joseph Lee spoke at "Medicine Responds to Addiction II" event at the White House; Institute for Recovery Advocacy hosted dinner with the Addiction Medicine Foundation the evening before to celebrate advances in addiction medicine education, training and practice. (Washington, DC).

Oct. 8, 2016 - William Moyers and Mark Mishek spoke at NAADAC-The Association for Addiction Professionals' annual conference (Minneapolis).

Oct. 2, 2016 - William Moyers spoke at the Big Texas Rally for Recovery, this year's National Recovery Rally, as designated by Faces and Voices of Recovery (Dallas). 

Oct. 1, 2016 - Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy hosted Recovery Ambassador Workshop, Ice Cream Social and Generation Found Film Screening ahead of Big Texas Rally for Recovery (Dallas).

Sept. 29, 2016 - Generation Found film screening at Lagoon Cinema (Minneapolis). 

Sept. 28. 2016 - William Moyers spoke at First Step Recovery event (Fargo). 

Sept. 24, 2016 - William Moyers spoke at Vermont's Step into Action Recovery Walk (Burlington, VT). 

Sept. 18, 2016 - Jeremiah Gardner spoke at Fed Up Rally (Washington, DC). 

Sept. 17, 2016 - Minnesota Walk for Recovery, an event co-sponsored by the Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy (Minneapolis). 

Sept. 8, 2016 - Spirituality Breakfast with keynote speaker Nikki Myers, an event co-sponsored by the Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy (St. Paul, MN).

Sept. 8, 2016 - William Moyers presented at the 4th annual Avera & Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Symposium (Sioux Falls, SD).

Sept. 7-8, 2016 - Saving Lives: Innovative Solutions to the Opioid Crisis, a national symposium on law enforcement and public health partnership, co-hosted by the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Minnesota; the U.S. Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces; the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; and the Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy (Minneapolis).

Sept. 7, 2016 - William Moyers spoke at Know Your Chicago symposium (Chicago). 

Sept. 6, 2016 - Rally Caps for Recovery at Target Field, an event co-sponsored by the Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy (Minneapolis). 

Aug. 31, 2016 - Local Fed Up rallies held in cities nationwide.

Aug. 6, 2016 - HazelFest (Center City, MN).

Aug. 3, 2016 - Premier screening of the film Generation Found, co-hosted with Minnesota Recovery Connection and P.E.A.S.E. Academy (St. Paul, MN).

July 27, 2016 - Premier screening of the film Generation Found, co-hosted with The Haven at College (North Hollywood, CA).

July 17, 2016 - Minnesota Recovery Connection Summer BBQ, which kicked off planning for the annual Walk for Recovery co-sponsored in the fall by the Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy(Minneapolis).

July 11, 2016 - William Moyers emceed the America Honors Recovery Awards Dinner & Gala, celebrating Faces & Voices of Recovery's 15-year anniversary and recognizing the lifetime achievements of advocate Johnny Allem (Washington, DC).

June 22, 2016 - William Moyers spoke at Women in Government Mental Health & Substance Use Disorders Summit (Minneapolis).

June 7, 2016 - William Moyers delivered keynote for Northern Illinois Employee Assistance Professionals Association (NIEAPA) conference (Oak Brook, IL).

June 6, 2016 - William Moyers spoke at the National Council for Behavioral Health's Annual Public Policy Institute and Hill Day (Washington, DC).

May 25, 2016 - Jeremiah Gardner participated in a roundtable discussion following a screening of the FBI-produced documentary, Chasing the Dragon, a film available to schools nationwide as a tool to help prevent young people from misusing opioids (Mall of America, Bloomington, MN). 

May 12, 2016 - Jeremiah Gardner spoke in support of comprehensive federal opioid legislation at a Capitol Hill event hosted by the U.S. House Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic (Washington, DC). 

May 5, 2016 - William Moyers was the featured guest for the Altarum Institute's monthly "Twitter Chat" on behavioral health.

May 2-6, 2016 - Recovery Advocacy Action Week, an online campaign spearheaded jointly by the Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy and Minnesota Recovery Connection, in collaboration with the Altarum Institute, Faces and Voices of Recovery, Facing Addiction and Young People in Recovery. 
Day 1 Recap | Day 2 Recap | Day 3 Recap | Day 4 Recap | Full Week Recap

April 28, 2016 - Recovery Advocacy Seminar at Metropolitan State University, an event spearheaded jointly by the Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy, Minnesota Recovery Connection and MSU's Alcohol and Drug Counseling Program (St. Paul, MN). 

April 28, 2016 - William Moyers spoke at national Interfaith Network on Mental Illness event (Boulder, CO).

April 12, 2016 - Nick Motu spoke to journalists about “Confronting the Opioid Epidemic” in a private training event held in conjunction with the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s annual conference (Baltimore)

April 9, 2016 – Jerry Moe presented “The Joy of Recovery … for Kids of All Ages” at the Betty Ford Center’s Alcohol and Other Drugs Awareness Hour (Rancho Mirage, CA)

April 2, 2016 – Marvin Seppala, MD, presented “Love’s Role in Recovery” at the Betty Ford Center’s Alcohol and Other Drugs Awareness Hour (Rancho Mirage, CA)

March 28-31 - Institute staff attended and exhibited at National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit (Atlanta).

March 16, 2016 - Emily Brunner, MD, staff physician at Hazelden in St. Paul, testified at MN House Health and Human Services Policy Committee meeting in support of HF1503, which aims to help pharmacies become disposal sites for consumers’ unused or expired prescription and controlled substances.

March 5, 2016 – Fred Holmquist presented “Living in the Solution” at the Betty Ford Center’s Alcohol and Other Drugs Awareness Hour (Rancho Mirage, CA).

Feb. 17-22, 2016 - Recovery 2.0, a powerful online conference sponsored by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and our Institute for Recovery Advocacy. 

Feb. 20, 2016 – William Moyers presented “Beyond Broken: From Addiction to Redemption to Recovery” at the Betty Ford Center’s Alcohol and Other Drugs Awareness Hour (Rancho Mirage, CA)

Feb. 17, 2016 - The Institute's Jeremiah Gardner and Dan Frigo from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School hosted a discussion with Hennepin County (MN) judges about treatment modalities and the current public policy landscape.

Feb. 10, 2016 - William Moyers provided public keynote for Normandale Community College's speaker series, "A Slice of Life" (Bloomington, MN).

Jan. 28, 2016 - Emily Brunner, MD, staff physician at Hazelden in St. Paul, provided testimony at public hearing to support the draft recommendations in the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.

Jan. 16, 2016 – Author Gary Stromberg presented “Second Chances: Stories of Reclaimed Lives in Recovery” at the Betty Ford Center’s Alcohol and Other Drugs Awareness Hour (Rancho Mirage, CA)

Dec. 17, 2015 - Jeremiah Gardner spoke to senior class at Mounds Park Academy about alcohol and other drugs and related life skills (St. Paul, MN). 

Dec. 9, 2015 - Heroin and Prescription Painkillers - A Time for Community Action (Woodbury, MN).

Nov. 19. 2015 - National Night of Conversation, a virtual campaign for families everywhere, organized by our friends at Facing Addiction, Drugs Over Dinner and The Dr. Oz Show.

Nov. 14, 2015 - William Moyers spoke at Recovery is Happening's first Red Carpet Recovery Gala (Rochester, MN). 

Nov. 10, 2015 - William Moyers spoke at Twelfth Step Ministry's 7th Annual Family Gratitude Dinner (Dallas, TX). 

Oct. 29, 2015 - William Moyers spoke at Our Hope Association benefit in President Gerald Ford's hometown (Grand Rapids, MI). 

Oct. 9, 2015 - William Moyers spoke at Hope Council Gala (Kenosha, WI). 

Oct. 7, 2015 - William Moyers spoke at the Nobel Conference, Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN).

Oct. 6, 2015 - Preparing Prescribers to Confront the Opioids Crisis, a Capitol Hill symposium we hosted as part of the National Council's Hill Day (Washington, DC).

Oct. 5-6, 2015 - National Council for Behavioral Health's two-day "Hill Day" event, which the Institute co-sponsored (Washington, DC).

Oct. 5, 2015 - "Unite to Face Addiction" Advocacy Day Kickoff Breakfast, which the Institute sponsored and at which Nick Motu spoke (Washington, DC).

Oct. 4, 2015 - UNITE to Face Addiction - William Moyers was among incredible lineup of speakers and performers (Washington, DC).

Oct. 4, 2015 - Reception Ahead of "Unite to Face Addiction" rally, with Minnesota Recovery Connection (Washington, DC).

Oct. 3, 2015 - Fed Up Rally, which the Institute co-sponsored at at which Dr. Marvin Seppala spoke (Washington, DC).

Oct. 1, 2015 - A Community in Crisis: Responding to the Opioid Epidemic (New Bedford, MA).

Sept. 28, 2015 - William Moyers spoke at 16th Annual National Center for Responsible Gaming's Conference on Gambling and Addiction (Las Vegas).

Sept. 23-25, 2015 - Jeremiah Gardner spoke at North Texas Recovery Conference, which the Institute co-sponsored (Denton, TX).

Sept. 2015 - Recovery Month with George Washington University Students for Recovery, co-sponsored by the Institute (Washington, DC).

Sept. 19, 2015 - Minnesota Recovery Connection's 2015 Walk for Recovery, which the Institute co-sponsored (Minneapolis).

Sept. 17, 2015 - Recovery Month at the White House: Young and in Recovery, a live online event for which Hazelden Betty Ford hosted several watch parties, including a virtual one at our free online Social Community (video broadcast).

Sept. 3, 2015 - Minnesota Recovery Month Spirituality Breakfast (Minneapolis).

Sept. 1, 2015 - Rally Caps for Recovery at Target Field for Minnesota Twins v. Chicago White Sox (Minneapolis).

Aug. 31, 2015 - Local Fed Up Rallies (Minneapolis and other communities nationwide).

Aug. 25, 2015 - Pain.Pill.Problem: Minnesota Moving Forward Together, a statewide summit on the opioids crisis (Minneapolis).

Aug. 16, 2015 - The Heroin Mission, a unique faith-based outreach effort in Ohio (Cleveland).

Aug. 4-6, 2015 - The National Meeting Focused on Collegiate Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention and Recovery, hosted by the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery at Ohio State University and co-sponsored by the Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy (Columbus, Ohio).

July 25, 2015 - William Moyers spoke at 3rd annual AspenBrainLab (Aspen, CO). 

June 18, 2015 - Jeremiah Gardner spoke at Minnesota YMCA Youth in Government's Conference on State Issues (Minneapolis). 

June 17, 2015 - William Moyers provided keynote at National Rural Institute on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (Menomonie, WI).

June 12-18, 2015 - Recovery 2.0: #MoveBeyond Addiction Conference, an online event sponsored by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy. 

June 11, 2015 - The Epidemic in Our Midst: Painkillers, Opioids and Heroin, a community event in partnership with the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (Long Island, NY).

June 10, 2015 - Preventing Opioid Deaths Among Young People, a Capitol Hill symposium in partnership with The Christie Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

May 27-29, 2015 - 6th National Collegiate Recovery Conference in Reno, NV, co-sponsored by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy.

May 14, 2015 - William Moyers spoke at Aquila Recovery Foundation's Recovery Jubilee (National Press Club, Washington, D.C.).

April 29, 2015 - Dr. Joseph Lee, medical director of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Youth Continuum, testified at a Congressional Addiction Forum hearing on addiction and youth (Washington, D.C.). See video of Dr. Lee's speech

April 27 - May 1, 2015 - Recovery Advocacy Action Week, an online event and joint initiative of Minnesota Recovery Connection, the Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy and Young People in Recovery.

April 23, 2015 - Dr. Marvin Seppala, Chief Medical Officer of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, testified at a hearing entitled Combating the Opioid Abuse Epidemic: Professional and Academic Perspectives, held before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee (Washington, D.C.). See video of Dr. Seppala's remarks.

April 23, 2015 - Raise High for Recovery Day, hosted by George Washington University Students for Recovery, and co-sponsored by the Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy (Washington, D.C.).

April 22, 2015 - William Moyers spoke at Communities for Recovery's 7th annual Lifebuilder Luncheon (Austin, TX).

April 6-9, 2015 - Drs. Marvin Seppala and Andy Mendenhall spoke at the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit (Atlanta). 

March 25, 2015 - William Moyers spoke at Edina, Eden Prairie, Bloomington and Richfield, MN, joint chamber event (Edina, MN). 

March 19, 2015 - Jeremiah Gardner spoke at Recovery Advocacy Seminar sponsored by Minnesota Recovery Connection, Metropolitan State University and the Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy (St. Paul, MN).

Feb. 26, 2015 - William Moyers spoke at Recovery Resource Council dinner (Fort Worth, TX).

Feb. 10, 2015 - William Moyers spoke at Minnesota Correctional Facility (Lino Lakes, MN).

Jan. 31, 2015 - William Moyers moderated The Legacy of Betty Ford: Women in Recovery, a panel discussion kicking off the 2015 Alcohol and Other Drugs Awareness Hour series (Rancho Mirage, CA).

Jan. 13 & 15, 2015 - William Moyers spoke at Open for Discussion: A Community Conversation (Lakeville, MN).


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