Why Advocacy Matters Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Recovery Advocacy provides a trusted national voice on all issues related to addiction prevention, treatment and recovery. We facilitate dialogue among individuals in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, those who are still suffering and society at large. As addiction recovery advocates, we are committed to smashing stigma that surrounds the disease, shaping public policy and educating people everywhere about alcohol and other drug problems and the promise of recovery. Recovery Advocacy represents a hope-powered community. Our lives prove that recovery is possible, and our stories inspire action. Recovery Advocacy is about replacing misinformation with understanding, misperception with empathy, and denial with hope. What We Do Educate the nation about drug and alcohol addiction, and recovery Shape public policy Smash the stigma of addiction Issues We Care About Reforming the addiction treatment industry Fighting addiction by smashing stigma Confronting the opioid epidemic Improving access to addiction treatment and recovery support Educating about the risks and costs of expanded marijuana legalization and use Developing alternative sentencing and other criminal justice reforms Preventing alcohol misuse and addiction How We Take Action and Advocate In order to change policy and public opinion, we must get informed, get involved and share our voices. At Hazelden Betty Ford we support you as a recovery advocate by: Organizing addiction recovery advocacy events Keeping you up-to-date on relevant news and legislation Developing position papers and statements Providing thought leaders and subject matter experts for local and national events Informing and encouraging dialogue through our blogs, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and our online social community, The Daily Pledge Developing and disseminating the latest surveys and research data on drug trends Join our podcast, Recovery Parity: From Coverage to Integration where William C. Moyers talks with attorney Emily Piper about the biggest challenges and opportunities involved in our efforts to fully integrate addiction treatment and recovery support within all aspects of health care.