Recovery Advocacy

A National Voice and Thought Leader
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Why Advocacy Matters

Through public advocacy efforts, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation provides a trusted national voice on all issues related to addiction prevention, treatment and recovery. We facilitate dialogue among individuals in recovery from substance use disorder, those who are still in active use, and society at large. We are committed to undoing 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 is the heart of our broader advocacy efforts, powered by the faces and voices of people from the community of millions who are in recovery, their families and their allies, as well as families of loss channeling their pain to help others. Our lived experiences prove that recovery is possible, and our stories inspire action. Recovery advocacy helps replace misinformation with understanding, misperception with empathy, and denial with hope.

Become an Advocate

By joining our advocacy network, you will receive free monthly Hazelden Betty Ford Advocacy Updates in your email inbox with news, views, issues and opportunities to take action. Each issue includes an easy way for you to contact your elected representatives and support proposals that aid recovery. Your passion, insights and advocacy can truly make a difference, and together, we make an even bigger impact.

  • Educate the public and policymakers about substance use disorders and recovery
  • Shape public policy
  • Transform stigma into compassion

To change public attitudes, perceptions and policy, we must get informed, get involved, and share our voices. At Hazelden Betty Ford we support you as a recovery advocate by:

  • Keeping you up-to-date with the latest news, views, issues and opportunities to take action in our monthly Advocacy Updates
  • Organizing addiction recovery advocacy events
  • Developing position papers and statements
  • Bringing important advocacy issues to light in Hazelden Betty Ford’s award-winning Let’s Talk Addiction & Recovery podcast series, hosted by longtime national recovery advocate William C. Moyers
  • Providing thought leaders and subject matter experts for local and national events
  • Informing and encouraging dialogue through our blogsFacebookTwitterLinkedIn and our online recovery community, The Daily Pledge
  • Developing and disseminating the latest surveys and research data on drug trends

Content spotlight: Recovery Parity: From Coverage to Integration: Listen in as 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 into the larger health care system.

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Harnessing science, love and the wisdom of lived experience, we are a force of healing and hope ​​​​​​​for families and communities affected by substance use and mental health conditions.