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Plea from recovering addict: Talk about the issues

5:16 PM, Jan 22, 2013   |    comments
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Moyers has been clean and sober for more than 18 years. His book "Broken" details the depth of his addiction, and the day his family rescued him from a crack house.

His new book is titled "Now What, An Insider's Guide to Addiction and Recovery." Moyers says society needs to shift focus from the negative side of addiction to the positive side of recovery.

"The stigma is very powerful," Moyers said. "Most people in Colorado think addicts and alcoholics look like something other than the way we look. And we look like [is] the people who are in this room. We don't necessarily live under bridges We're not necessarily unemployed or live on the other side of the tracks. We're highly intelligent; we're motivated. We come from all walks of life, and so my message today is a message of hope, help and healing for people who are struggling in the grips of addiction, and I tell them don't give up."

Moyers was there to help Cedar Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation, and the scholarship fund which helps patients who do not have resources for treatment.

"Stand up and speak out," Moyers said. "Put a real face and a real voice not just to the problem of addiction in Colorado but to the promise of possibility of recovery. Treatment works. Recovery is possible. Here in Colorado, thousands and thousands of people and their families are recovering from this chronic illness."

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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