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Newsroom HBO Documentary Highlights Addiction

One in ten Kansans needs treatment for drug or alcohol use or dependence. This is an estimated 200,000 adults and 24,000 adolescents. To raise awareness of the disease of addiction that affects one in four families, HBO will debut ADDICTION, a groundbreaking documentary, Thursday, March 15 at 8:00 p.m. 

The ADDICTION documentary is a candid depiction of the emotional, psychological, social, and political toll that addiction takes on the country. This comprehensive project is aimed at expanding public understanding of addiction and recovery. The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) is encouraging Kansas citizens to take advantage of this opportunity to learn about addiction. 

“Addiction is a disease with escalating consequences for individuals and communities, but like many other diseases, it is preventable and treatable,” said David Dickinson, Director of Addiction and Prevention Services (AAPS). “The information provided in the HBO series can assist individuals, families, and communities to begin to overcome the stigma attached to addiction and plan for actions to reduce its devastating impact.”

“Many Kansans struggle daily with addiction,” said SRS Secretary Don Jordan. “SRS is dedicated not only to treating addiction, but also preventing addiction.” For information on substance abuse treatment in Kansas, please contact SRS Addiction and Prevention Services at (785) 368-6392.