William Cope Moyers

William Cope Moyers, Author 

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William C. Moyers is the vice president of public affairs and community relations for Hazelden Betty Ford, based in Minnesota.  As the organization’s public advocate since 1996 Moyers carries the message about addiction, treatment and recovery to audiences across the nation.

He is the eldest son of legendary television journalist Bill Moyers and is known for his 2006 bestseller, Broken, which describes his near-fatal addiction to alcohol and other drugs.  In this book, Cope Moyers elucidates in stunning detail the dark and desperate places addiction took him. Growing up in a small suburb of Long Island to loving parents he went through typical rebellious periods of smoking pot and drinking.  In a 1998 interview in the New York Times, Cope Moyers said. ”If anyone had ever told me I would become addicted from casual use of marijuana, I would have told them, ‘No way,’ … ’’If anyone had told me I would become an alcoholic, I would have told them, ‘No way.’ ‘’

Now 25 years sober, Cope Moyers has used his personal experience with drug and alcohol addiction to become an advocate for understanding and change.  Working with Hazelden/Betty Ford, where he went for treatment, he travels the country speaking to families, addicts, and community organizations to spread the message of recovery. 

Unlike other well-known, publicly sober people, Cope Moyers is open about his 12-step membership. When asked in a 2017 HuffPost interview how he personally works his program to prevent relapse he replied, “I read from the literature like 24 Hours a Day, One Day at a Time and Alanon books every day and attend my regular meetings … Every morning I thank my Higher Power for giving me a new day and every night for helping me get through the day without a drink or drug.”

William Cope Moyers is the author of three books:  Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption,

Now What?: An Insider’s Guide to Addiction and Recovery and A New Day, A New Life: A Guided Journal

He has appeared on Larry King Live and Oprah and is a regular contributor to Good Morning America. As a former journalist for CNN, his work has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, and Newsweek magazine.

Link: https://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/about-us/leadership/thought-leaders/william-moyers

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