The Drug War: Alcohol Abuse and Treatment

The committee heard testimony on the “hidden” drug war in America: the overuse of alcohol, a legal and widely abused… read more

The committee heard testimony on the “hidden” drug war in America: the overuse of alcohol, a legal and widely abused drug. The Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration spends 74 percent more on illegal drug abuse treatment and research than on alcohol treatment and research, even though two-thirds of persons requesting entrance into drug treatment programs name alcohol as their main problem. Mrs. Ford, founder of a chemical-dependency recovery hospital in California, testified on the disease of alcoholism and her own addiction to prescription drugs and alcohol. She criticized the nation’s emphasis on “fighting” hard drugs when the most widely abused drug in America is alcohol. She also criticized characterizing drug addiction as a crime, when drug and alcohol addiction is properly defined as a disease. Additional testimony is supplied by Mr. Schwarzlose, an executive from Mrs. Ford’s hospital facility, and an anonymous witness who is a recovering alcoholic. Dr. Adelman discussed the financial aspects of the disease of alcoholism on patients and hospitals. Mr. Anderson, manager of a large number of employees in the staff of the House of Representatives, testified on his experiences in dealing with alcoholism among his workers. Mr. Ford said the problem was not that U.S. workers were not covered for alcoholism in their employee insurance and benefits, but rather that U.S. workers were not getting treatment for their addictions. He said the majority of people addicted to alcohol and drugs held jobs, but still were unable to obtain treatment. He criticized budget reduction measures that cut back or eliminated chemical addiction recovery programs. close

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Program ID:
17264-1
Category:
House Committee
Format:
House Committee
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Mar 25, 1991
Last Aired:
Mar 31, 1991

Airing Details

  • Mar 25, 1991 | 12:11pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Mar 25, 1991 | 8:15pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Mar 26, 1991 | 1:10am EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Mar 26, 1991 | 4:45am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Mar 26, 1991 | 4:24pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Mar 30, 1991 | 3:10pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Mar 31, 1991 | 2:53am EST | C-SPAN 2
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