Recovery Czar Botticelli Challenges Graduates to "Lead with Your Heart" Michael Botticelli, the game-changing director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) under President Barack Obama, delivered the 2019 commencement address at the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies in Center City, Minnesota, on April 18. The ceremony marked the Graduate School's 20th commencement exercises. Botticelli, who notably opted to be called the "Recovery Czar" rather than the "Drug Czar" during his tenure, was the first person in long-term recovery to hold the influential White House post. He was also the first person with a public health background to lead the ONDCP, and he is credited for his success in shifting the Office's focus beyond law enforcement and interdiction to addiction prevention, treatment and recovery solutions. Today Botticelli serves as the executive director of the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center. Noting that "there is no higher calling" and "no more noble a profession," Botticelli opened his commencement address with praise for addiction counseling professionals: "The people like you, who have undertaken this work, not to get rich, not for prestige, but for the selfless act of helping another human being." Read more about Botticelli's commencement address.