HBO Addiction Series to Preview at Statehouse

For Immediate Release: March 12, 2007
Contact: Communication Office
802-863-7281

BURLINGTON – A preview of the HBO "Addiction" documentary series will be shown on March 15 at the Vermont Statehouse to legislators and a panel of recovery and treatment professionals, and will kick off a series of "house party" meetings to be held around the state.

The 20-minute screening will feature highlights of the 14-part HBO series airing March 15 – 18, and is designed to encourage discussion about how communities can better address treatment and recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol.

The HBO "Addiction" cable television series was created to provide guidance on an array of issues including how addiction is a brain disease and a treatable illness, relapse is part of the disease – not a sign of failure, and the sooner an addict gets into treatment, the better.

The screening is part of a 90-minute "Town Hall" meeting, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Statehouse cafeteria hosted by Friends of Recovery – Vermont, and the Vermont Department of Health.

Presentations will include "What really happens in the emergency room on a Saturday night in Vermont," addiction and crime, underage drinking, and how to find quality treatment options.

The meeting in Montpelier is the first of 10 Vermont communities that will hold "house parties" starting on March 17 in treatment centers, teen centers, town halls and recovery centers statewide that will bring communities together to watch and discuss the HBO "Addiction" series.

Participating communities are: St. Albans, Barre, Burlington, St. Johnsbury, Springfield, Vergennes, Middlebury, Bradford and Cabot. For dates and times for community meetings visit: http://www.friendsofrecoveryvt.org/

Currently, addiction affects 23.2 million Americans, and only about 10 percent are receiving the treatment they need. Nearly one in 10 Americans over the age of 12 are classified with substance abuse or dependence addiction, according to the National Institute of Health.

An estimated 10 percent of Vermonters and 26 percent of adults age 18 to 25, have a dependence on - or have abused - illicit drugs or alcohol in the past year, according to 2005 State Estimates of Substance Use & Mental Health by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The town meeting precedes a March 30 "Day of Recovery" event at the Statehouse with Gov. James Douglas hosted by Friends of Recovery – Vermont.

Friends of Recovery - Vermont is a grassroots advocacy organization, formed in 1998, that helps spread the word about the value of recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

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