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Now What?! by William Cope Moyers

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In a society that seems entirely open about addiction, it is surprising how lacking it is in information on what to do if you or your loved one is abusing substances.  From the very beginning, starting with the process of trying to get help and find a treatment center, there is an overabundance of information and yet no clear direction or path to get to the next step.  After treatment, things become even murkier as one has to acclimate to life on life’s terms.

 “After the Oprah Winfrey Show aired, Hazelden received 2,000 phone calls….I will never forget hearing one of those calls forwarded to me; it was from a man in Pittsburgh who said, ‘Mr. Moyers, I am sitting in my living room with a loaded gun in my mouth, and if you don’t help me stop drinking right now, I am going to kill myself.’”—William Moyers, from NOW WHAT?

This call was one of thousands that came in to Hazelden in 1998 when William Cope Moyers, along with his parents Judith and Bill Moyers, appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show to talk about the PBS series Moyers on Addiction: Close to Home—a program that dealt with William Moyers’ own struggles with alcohol and drug addiction.   In November, Hazelden will publish—NOW WHAT? An Insider’s Guide to Addiction and Recovery (Hazelden Publishing; November 1, 2012; $14.95) by William Cope Moyers, a book that will provide answers to some of the toughest questions about addiction and recovery such as:

  • How can I recognize when someone needs help?
  • How do I find a quality treatment program?
  • How do I navigate the treatment process?
  • What do I do to establish a support system after treatment?

William Moyers’ recovery has made it possible for him to share his experience, strength and hope in front of live audiences; on national television; in his best-selling memoir Broken; in his regular column Beyond Addiction; and in his work at the Hazelden Foundation.  He receives hundreds of inquiries from people who are wondering how to break the cycle of addiction and move on to a successful recovery.

As anyone who has been touched by addiction knows, the questions only multiply with time.  In a friendly, approachable tone, NOW WHAT? can help fill in the blanks.  NOW WHAT? is an invaluable resource for anyone who needs compassionate and practical advice about how to handle addiction from the very first step.

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR: William C. Moyers is the Vice President of Public Affairs and Community Relations at the Hazelden Foundation and author of the New York Times best-selling book Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption.