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Three-Quarters of Americans Believe Health Insurance Should Pay for Addiction Treatment, Yet Most Don't Know If Their Health Plan Covers Substance-Abuse Care, Says New Hazelden Survey
Date:2/3/2009

that prevents addicts from pursuing treatment," says William Cope Moyers, executive director of Hazelden's Center for Public Advocacy. "We also learned that 58 percent would like more of this discussion about addiction to be done in public." Accordingly, Moyers says the "Attitudes Toward Addiction Survey" has become the catalyst for a 2009 public advocacy campaign that Hazelden will soon launch in Washington, D.C., and across the country.

"Hazelden's Center for Public Advocacy is dedicated to changing public perceptions about addiction and promoting public policy that puts recovery within reach of all who need it," said Mark Mishek, president and CEO of Hazelden. "The good news is - effective treatment for addiction exists, people in recovery lead useful lives and insurance could, and should, cover addiction treatment. Let's work together to help improve public understanding of America's No. 1 health problem - addiction to alcohol and other drugs."

About Hazelden

Hazelden, a national nonprofit organization founded in 1949, has helped tens of thousands of people reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction. With plans to celebrate its 60th Anniversary this year, Hazelden offers the nation's most comprehensive approach to addiction by addressing the full range of patient, family, and professional needs, including treatment and continuing care for youth and adults, research, higher learning, public education and advocacy, and publishing. It has facilities in Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois and New York. For more information, visit www.hazelden.org

About the Addiction Survey

This addiction attitude survey, conducted by telephone for Hazelden, polled a nationally representative sample of 1,000 adults. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percent.

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