Zimmern to Host Live FACEBOOK Chat on Substance Abuse Recovery

NEW YORK, Jan. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Partnership at, a national nonprofit helping parents solve the problem of teen substance abuse, is partnering with award-winning TV personality, chef, father and food writer Andrew Zimmern. He will be the featured guest on the next “Meet The Parents Hour,” a popular, live Facebook chat and Q&A session taking place on Thursday, February 2 at 12 p.m. EST/ 9 a.m. PST.

Zimmern is a chef, teacher and renowned personality in the food world. As the co-creator, host and consulting producer of Travel Channel’s hit series “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern” and “Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World,” he travels the world, exploring food and international cuisine. In May 2010, Zimmern won the James Beard Award for Outstanding TV Food Personality.  

Early in his life, Zimmern struggled with alcoholism and addiction and this year celebrates 20 years in recovery. During “Meet The Parents Hour,” he will share his personal story and path to recovery, while offering encouragement to others who may be struggling with a loved one’s addiction.

“Addiction/alcoholism is a devastating family disease that is responsible for corroding communities as easily as it takes the lives of those individuals suffering from the direct effects of drinking and drugging,” said Zimmern. “But there is also the grace of recovery. The power of that transformation is available to any and all seeking the hand of help offered by those who have solved the problem in their own lives. As a recovering addict and alcoholic, and also as a father, a husband and a son, nothing is more important to me than carrying the message of hope to those that need it most. The Partnership at believes that also and I am honored to join them to help anyone touched by this devastating illness.”

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