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Political Rewind: William Cope Moyers on his recovery from a illness that takes no prisoners


A kit with naloxone is displayed at the South Jersey AIDS Alliance in Atlantic City, N.J. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. An overdose of opiates essentially makes the body forget to breathe. Naloxone works by blocking the brain receptors that opiates latch onto and helping the body "remember" to take in air. Credit: Mel Evans, AP

Thursday on Political Rewind: A story of addiction and recovery.

William Cope Moyers is the son of journalist and presidential advisor Bill Moyers, and has memories from childhood of Air Force One and the White House. In the early '90s, Moyers followed his father’s path into a promising career at CNN in Atlanta.

However, his life began to spiral out of control thanks to a substance addiction to alcohol, crack cocaine and more. In recounting his struggles, Moyer says he hit rock bottom in downtown Atlanta 25 years ago.

But Moyers has sought to help others struggling with addiction by telling the story of his road to recovery over the decades. His candid discussion of substance abuse disorder spurred frank dialogue on the stigmatized topic of addiction.

Addiction and recovery has been changed by the pandemic. Changes to day-to-day life since the onset of COVID-19 are exacerbating America's addiction problems, Moyer's said.

"As we know, too often, people die when they can't get help," Moyers said. "And in the midst of this pandemic, people have been isolated. People have been under stress."

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released this week show a surge in deaths from overdoses in the past year — 100,000 Americans.

In Georgia, more than 1,900 people died of drug-related causes in 2020, according to CDC data released in August. That is a 38.8% increase over data from the previous year.


William Cope Moyers – Vice President of Public Affairs and Community Relations with Hazelden Betty Ford

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, the following resources are available to help. 
24/7 treatment referral and information can be found through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at SAMHSA.gov. Resources in Georgia are available through The Georgia Council on Substance Abuse

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Bill Nigut has been a program host and producer at Georgia Public Broadcasting since November, 2013. He currently hosts “Two Way Street,” a show that features long-form conversations with authors, artists, chefs, scientists and other creative people who have fascinating stories to tell. He is host and producer of “Political Rewind,” a twice-weekly political roundtable show featuring some of Georgia’s best-informed insiders weighing in on the big state and national political stories.
Sam joined the Political Rewind team in 2019. He graduated American University in 2015 with a degree in journalism and spent time in North Carolina as a reporter at WCHL in Chapel Hill.
Sarah Kallis