Entertainment Industry Meets with Treatment Experts
SAMHSA recently co-hosted a briefing with the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC), through its Entertainment and Media Communication Institute. H. Westley Clark, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., Director of SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, participated in the panel of experts.
The briefing focused on the creative community and substance abuse treatment and recovery at 20th Century Fox Studios. This event continues the initiative established during a meeting called Picture This: Treatment and Recovery in Washington, DC, which took place in May. Over 70 industry professionals were present. Networks and studios represented included ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CW, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., MTV, and Style.
Emmy Award-winning actress Mariette Hartley served as the moderator as experts shared their personal experiences. These presentations aimed to not only inspire but to provide new ideas for the writers, producers, and executives in attendance.
Dr. Clark encouraged attendees to remember that people who are addicted are experiencing recovery in large numbers, and the story of someone in recovery is just as important as the story of an intervention.