Between 1996 and 2001, 4-Star General Barry R. McCaffrey served as director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. He was groundbreaking – a major proponent of treatment and recovery. I’m so proud that this fearless man will be speaking at the Lifestyle Intervention Conference.
During his “Drug Czar” days as leader of U.S. drug policy, McCaffrey emphasized treatment and prevention — this was huge at the time, because McCaffrey followed in the footsteps of the Reagan administration which declared the War on Drugs, commonly viewed as counter-intuitive and worked to “solve” addiction, rather than treat addiction. He said that drug abuse requires a “systems-based approach and a long-term commitment… “Treatment, prevention, education, enforcement, and interdiction must all be synergistic components of that policy.”
And so McCaffrey made it his mission to shift the public’s view of addiction away from the “War on Drugs” and towards the more modern belief that addiction is in fact a disease, and must be treated as such — a process that includes medically-administered medications, intervention, counseling and therapy, and whatever else an addict needs to successfully recover.
Here are just a few of General McCaffrey’s accolades:
- He was the Commander of the 24th Mechanized Infantry Division during Desert Storm.
- He served in a combat capacity in Vietnam and the Dominican Republic.
- He’s been awarded two Distinguished Service Crosses, a Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts.
- He served as a member of the President’s Cabinet and the National Security Council for drug-related issues.
- He was Professor of International Affairs at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
- He currently serves on the Board of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.