William Moyers and His Parents on Addiction

Friday, February 08, 2013

As the survivor of multiple relapses and near-fatal experiences with his addiction to alcohol and other drugs, William C. Moyers knows what it’s like to desperately need a good treatment program but not know how to find one. He and his parents, journalist Bill Moyers and Judith Moyers, talk about their experience confronting William’s addiction and the journey through intervention, treatment, and recovery. William Moyers’ book Now What? An Insider’s Guide to Addiction and Recovery leads readers through recognizing when someone needs help, finding a quality treatment program, navigating the treatment process, and establishing a support system after treatment.


Bill Moyers, Judith Moyers and William C. Moyers

Comments [16]


I found this interview to be very moving and informative. The Moyer's family were so beautifully earnest,inteligent,generous and forgiving to eachother.
Addiction can become a part of anyone's life- but I 100% believe that some are hard wired for it.

Feb. 08 2013 02:43 PM

Marijuana is never a "CURE"..never did & will never be. Its just as any addictive drug wrongly acknowledge as it is. It is addictive as any other junk drug in its all glory. All of the same short lived so called "relief" - as they say it. It is never a relief but a wrong belief. Otherwise everyone doing it has been cured. But no, Addicts want more & soak their lives of denial to it. So where's the relief & cure? The threshold of tolerance the body only could hold diminish & you need more & finally hooked on it until you end your life up to it. Tell me in a year if the amount one is taking remains the same. IF proven..i resign my profession on Help from family & right professional is vital. Not to mention the pain & suffering & devastation of the whole family & love ones. Until one acknowledge it.. one has a great future.

Feb. 08 2013 01:36 PM
thatgirl from manhattan

Thank you, Moyers Family, for sharing your experience!

Addiction is, above all, a self-centered condition. I firmly believe that the addict that has family rallying around them and participating in recovery has the best chance of all. Screw the bootstraps nonsense--the fibre of a family can remain shredded, long after an addict has passed, if everyone hasn't pulled together to help.

Feb. 08 2013 12:49 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I'm not so sure it's a good thing that George W. Bush stopped drinking on his own. If he'd gone for treatment or to AA, he might have learned some different attitudes that could have made a difference in his actions as president, like having less of a black-or-white mentality.

Feb. 08 2013 12:43 PM
fuva from Harlemworld

Some experts are adamant that addiction is not a disease. They acknowledge effects on the brain that make control extremely difficult, but they distinguish it from a disease. What about that?

Feb. 08 2013 12:41 PM

We don't live in the world our minds and bodies evolved for - we live in an industrial world - we are people, not machines! Those first three steps are brilliant and can take you out of any threat to sobriety.

Feb. 08 2013 12:40 PM
John A

JK from rationalization.
That's what it is.

Feb. 08 2013 12:40 PM

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

They don't sound happy to me.

I know another family where a son became an alcoholic, dropped out of college, had car accidents, was arrested. It had nothing to do with his upbringing.

Moyers, don't blame yourselves.

Feb. 08 2013 12:39 PM
Jf from Logic

The law ruins 10000x more liive than any drug.

Feb. 08 2013 12:33 PM
John A.

Do we really need to list the ways of addiction?
Gambling, Investing, Cable sports, 40 oz sodas, workaholism, alchoholism, Pot, Blogging even. So many more things.

We live in a very free society (therefore)
we live in a very addicted society.
Just denying it isn't enough.
Even this: "WNYC. Never turn it off."

Feb. 08 2013 12:33 PM

Dear Moyers Family!

DITTO! we all have PTSD - addicts yes and families, too! Since I started with Al-Anon whre I belong the program for friends and families of addicts so many years ago - this program helped me more than the one with my substance (cigarettes, as hard to put down as heroin, per Everett Koop) There is something very very therapeutic about working in a group - I've searched high and low for ways to handle the PTSD - well now we have some. Psychologist Dr. David Feinstein would be another voice to add to this conversation. It would be great if you could contact him. He has as much science on all this as anyone.

Feb. 08 2013 12:30 PM
rob from NYC

i think that drinking and maybe usage of other drugs is just a skill. you need to know your limits, but this is done through trial and error method. some get lucky and successfully go through this process and know, that they cannot drink more that two large glass of wine, other drink to the last drop of whatever is in the house. this skill can be learn and should be learn. why we don't have classes for this? we have classes even for how to breath.

Feb. 08 2013 12:29 PM
Wayne Johnson Ph.D. from Bk

What does Mr. Moyers think of the new book on Rehab questioning the methods and philosophies of recovery centers and stating that the high end, most expensive centers are not as effective as the more basic ones?

Feb. 08 2013 12:26 PM
Gary from Port Washinton

Have doctors examine his dopamine levels in regard to his addiction?

unrelated question to topic for Bill Moyers, will he speak to Robert Caro on LBJ for his books?

Feb. 08 2013 12:23 PM
John A.

So many kids I see on social Internet who think that Marijuana is harmless; a strength giver even.
Would William be willing to go on record saying that Pot is indeed a gateway drug, possibly destroying lives after those free teen years?

Feb. 08 2013 12:20 PM
Jf from Logic

Mcdonalds addiction kills more people than any drug. Look at statistics. Marajuana cures cancer, prevents cancer, migranes, glocoma, 15 or more lther diseased. Dont treat self medicating like a dirty word when pharmaceutical companies sell drugs with side affects like death and suicide.

Feb. 08 2013 12:20 PM

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