Making Recovery America’s Business: Addiction and Recovery from Hazelden’s Perspective

  • 02 Mar 2010
  • 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MOH 201


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Presenter: William Moyers


Addiction and recovery are everyone’s business whether it’s a neighborhood church, a large business or a small not-for-profit. William C. Moyers, executive director of Hazelden's Center for Public Advocacy, meets people wherever he goes who struggle against the powerful grip of addiction and don’t know who to talk to or where to turn.


Join us during our March monthly program on 3/2/10 where William will talk with us about his work and the changes he is engaging in politically, at Hazelden and personally as a human being, a leader and a change agent. He’ll talk with us about his successes, his struggles and his challenges.


We initially asked William to talk with us about how today’s economy has impacted Hazelden’s work (thinking we knew something about this…). We quickly learned that there’s not a lot of difference whether the economy is good or bad. The truth is people drink no matter what and there are substance use problems, disorders or addiction in the workplace regardless of the economy.


During our March program, we’ll start off with a few provocative questions, i.e. if you could ask an addict or an alcoholic anything, and not worry about offending them, what would you ask them? How can our organizations be most responsive to those in need while keeping their organizations performing? And more…


Join William as he shares with us:

  • The importance of changing the debate from focusing on the problem to focusing on the solution. And, he will speak to the solution from a personal perspective and from Hazelden’s.
  • Information about the new Parity Act signed into law this month. It’s about ending discrimination in company insurance plans. With the signing, there is now a big effort to educate consumers about it.
  • Stories – his story as well as how what Hazelden does is transformative in individual’s and organization’s lives. He’ll talk about how Hazelden goes about shifting mindsets in the political arena, the organization arena and in individual’s lives.

Although William is not an OD practitioner, he is certainly a change agent and will craft his presentation to other change agents (OD practitioners with our involvement), including:

  • What we can do from an OD perspective to make necessary change with our people, our teams, our organizations
  • The challenges, struggles, learnings and successes others ‘out there’ in the world encounter around transformation
  • Lessons he has learned that we can take into our work
    His words of wisdom for those of us who want to change the world with him from different angles and perspectives

About the presenter

William Cope Moyers
Executive Director, Hazelden Center for Public Advocacy


William C. Moyers, executive director of Hazelden's Center for Public Advocacy, "carries the message" about addiction and recovery into the public arena, especially to policy makers and civic groups across America. He uses his own personal experiences to highlight the power of addiction and the power of recovery.


In 1998 his efforts were honored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), which awarded him and his family its highest achievement award the Gold Key. He and his parents, Bill and Judith Moyers, also received the Arthur Liman Public Interest Award from the Legal Action Center. This award salutes families and individuals whose work has advanced public understanding of public policy issues related to addiction.


Before first joining Hazelden in 1996, Moyers was an award-winning journalist for 15 years. He has worked at CNN, Newsday and various other newspapers around the country. In 1981, Moyers received his BA degree in journalism from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA.


He is the author of the bestselling memoir, Broken, and a new journal and DVD set designed specifically for those in early recovery, A New Day, A New Life.


Moyers has appeared on Larry King Live (CNN), The Today Show (NBC), and The Oprah Winfrey Show. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, and Newsweek magazine.


He also writes a nationally syndicated weekly column on addiction-related issues for Creators Syndicate.


Moyers lives with his three children in Saint Paul, Minnesota.


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