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HBO Premieres 'Addiction' Documentary Series at Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America National Leadership Forum

Attendees Preview, Discuss Groundbreaking HBO Documentary with Expert Panel on Feb. 14

 

Contact: Mary E. Elliott, 703-706-0560 x. 247; For event press credentials call 703-706-0560, ext. 256

 

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 /Standard Newswire/ -- Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) will host a special screening of the 90 minute centerpiece film of the new HBO documentary series entitled "Addiction" during its National Leadership Forum XVII at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center on Feb. 14, 2007. The series is part of a multi-platform media campaign that HBO and its partners - the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) - have planned to educate Americans about addiction. Following the screening, a panel comprised of experts in the research and treatment of addiction and leading constituency groups will discuss the new film, which depicts the struggles of people with addiction and their family members and offers important scientific information about the chronic, relapsing nature of addiction. Panelists will discuss key topics, including exciting new medical advancements, the science of addiction, insurance discrimination and the difficulty in finding adequate treatment.

 

With support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, CADCA, Join Together and Faces & Voices of Recovery have launched "Addiction: Communities Take Action." Panelists will discuss this new project, which will highlight the messages of the HBO show and engage the American public to watch the centerpiece and associated films, as well as take action in their own community to support treatment and long-term recovery efforts. Activities will include house parties, town hall meetings and other special events in hundreds of locations throughout the country. To get involved, visit http://www.addictionaction.org/.

 

Who:

·        General Arthur T. Dean, Chairman and CEO, CADCA

 

·        John Hoffman, Vice President, Documentary Programming, HBO

 

·        Dr. Nora Volkow, Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse (invited)

 

·        Dr. Mark Willenbring, Director of the Treatment and Recovery Research Division, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

 

·        Dr. Victor A. Capoccia, Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (invited)

 

·        Dr. David Rosenbloom, Associate Professor of Public Health, the Boston University School of Public Health and Director, Join Together

 

·        Pat Taylor, Executive Director, Faces & Voices of Recovery

 

Why: One in four Americans has a family member who is struggling with addiction. While addiction currently affects 23.2 million Americans, only 10 percent are receiving the treatment they need.

 

When: Wednesday, February 14, 2007, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

 

Where: Washington DC Convention Center, Main Ballroom 3rd Floor, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

 

CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America), is the national membership organization representing coalitions working to make America's communities safe, healthy and drug-free. CADCA's National Leadership Forum is the nation's largest conference for community anti-drug coalition leaders and substance abuse professionals, featuring more than 100 workshops and sessions on issues related to alcohol and other drug prevention, research, treatment, and recovery.