Michael Botticelli, former drug czar under the Obama administration, recently did a live Facebook Q&A with the New York Times and reporter Katharine Q. Seelye to tackle some of the toughest questions about the addiction crisis here in America. Botticelli is not only in recovery himself, but he now heads the $25 million addiction clinic at Boston Medical Center. Check out the video below.
Michael Botticelli, Former Drug Czar, Q&A
“I am one of the millions of Americans who are in recovery. Substance use disorders are diseases, and we are living proof that treatment can work and recovery is possible.” Michael Botticelli, Director of National Drug Control Policy at the White House.
The Stigma Of Addiction
The Boston Medical Center usually serves low-income patients. And the addiction center that is now operating out of the hospital is actually new. John Grayken and his wife, Eilene, donated $25 million dollars to help start the Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine at the hospital.
The Graykens usually keep their donations private, but decided not to when it came to the addiction center, because addiction had affected them personally and they wanted to help break the stigma and encourage others to help.
“I have personal experience with this disease and I know what it does to people,” Eilene Grayke explained. “It can affect anybody. It’s important to me that this becomes destigmatized so people can get the proper help they need.”
Let’s Talk About Recovery
We love that important people in the public eye are speaking out about their personals struggles with addiction, while also offering a solution and hope for recovery. Recovery is possible and the more people who talk about the solution to addiction through treatment efforts and recovery programs, the more lives that will be saved.
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