Opioid Addiction & Recovery

Learn more about how the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is responding to the nation’s opioid epidemic, the latest research, treatment, and real-life opioid addiction stories.

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Responds to the Opioid Health Crisis

America is in the midst of an opioid crisis that is the fuel for a drug overdose epidemic now claiming more lives than car accidents. In fact, more Americans died of overdose in 2014 than in any other year on record—47,000.

Stories of Addiction Recovery - Part 1

Dr. Andrew Mendenhall interviews Ben and Andrew, two young men who share their stories of addiction, treatment, and subsequent recovery. Learn how surrendering is vital to finding freedom from alcohol and other drugs and regain hope for a healthier and more fulfilling life.

Stories of Addiction Recovery - Part 2

Dr. Andrew Mendenhall continues the interview with Ben and Andrew as they describe how early experimentation turned to addiction and the impact drug and alcohol addiction had on their lives. They share their experience with medication-assisted treatment and early recovery and, more importantly, how living in recovery has made them appreciate all that they have regained that was once lost to addiction.

The Unexpected Addict: Tara's Story - Part 1

Hazelden has helped thousands of people find freedom from alcohol and other drugs and regain hope for healthier and more fulfilling lives. In this video, Dr. Andrew Mendenhall interviews Tara, a woman who became addicted to pain killers after a car accident.

The Unexpected Addict: Tara's Story - Part 2

In this video Tara describes the impact addiction has on her life and the lives of those she loves, how addiction treatment changed the course of her life and how living in recovery has made her appreciate all that she has regained that was once lost to addiction.

Medication Assisted Treatment: Three Personal Stories

The death toll from prescription painkiller overdose across the U.S. has increased more than five times in the past decade (from 3,000 deaths in 1999 to 15,500 in 2009), prompting the Centers for Disease Control to define the problem as an epidemic.

Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction

In response to the nation's epidemic of prescription painkiller addiction. The death toll from prescription painkiller overdose across the U.S. has increased more than five times in the past decade (from 3,000 deaths in 1999 to 15,500 in 2009), prompting the Centers for Disease Control to define the problem as an epidemic.

Confronting the National Opioid Crisis

The expanded availability of prescription painkillers and heroin has created a public health crisis that demands attention from the government and communities nationwide. Our number one priority at the Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy is confronting the crisis and helping America see it in the context of a broader addiction problem.