SAMHSA 2012 Voice Awards Recognizes Journey Healing Centers, Entertainers and Athletes

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Along with entertainers, professional athletes and industry leaders, Journey Healing Centers (private drug and alcohol treatment centers) is proud to share that their CEO/Founder Josh Lannon was recognized at the SAMHSA 2012 Voice Awards last week in Hollywood, CA, as a nominee for the Consumer/Peer Leadership Awards. This special awards ceremony was held at the Paramount Pictures Theater on August 22, 2012, and honored outstanding efforts in the past year to increase public understanding and acceptance of people dealing with mental health and/or substance abuse.

Over the past seven years, SAMHSA’s Voice Awards (http://voiceawards.samhsa.gov/) program and its partners have recognized 48 Consumer/Peer Leadership Awards, 87 Entertainment Production Awards and 16 Special Recognition Awards. This year, Josh Lannon, CEO Journey Healing Centers (http://journeycenters.com), was recognized as a Consumer/Peer Leadership Award nominee for his 10 years of service building World Class Healing Centers that treat clients with dignity and respect.

Along with these Consumer/Peer Awards, producers, writers and filmmakers who have produced entertainment highlighting mental health and substance abuse issues were recognized. TV Shows honored included Parenthood, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Homeland, Castle, Glee, Demi Lovato: Stay Strong and Law & Order. Films honored included Take Shelter, Bob and The Monster and Unguarded.

Each year SAMHSA also recognizes a special group of individuals making a difference. In honor of the Summer Olympics, SAMHSA chose to recognize four professional athletes making a difference, including Metta World Peace (LA Lakers), Chamique Holdsclaw (Pro basketball and Team USA Gold Medal winner), Chris Herren (Boston Celtics) and Brandon Marshall (Chicago Bears.) Journey Healing Centers also provides special programs for athletes, and was encouraged to see this public support for mental health issues from popular stars.

As an industry leader, Josh Lannon was nominated for being a social entrepreneurial leader and international speaker, who wanted to give back after getting sober. He co-founded Journey Healing Centers with his wife, Lisa Lannon, and their accredited treatment centers have helped thousands of clients recover and get loved ones back. The majority of their clients have a dual diagnosis for mild mental illness and substance abuse, and clients are treated using a holistic approach. Since 2001, Josh has dedicated 100% of his professional life to building healing environments for people wanting to overcome addiction, and is dedicated to franchising global addiction treatment. Josh’s team also actively supports the community through financial and voluntary contributions to charities. Josh and Lisa Lannon are also releasing their first book this fall called The Social Capitalist http://amzn.to/RhRquR to encourage others to build businesses tied to passions.

Additional Consumer/Peer Leadership Awards were presented to Henry Acosta, Plainsboro, N.J., and Shery Mead, Plainfield, and N.H. Brittany Holt of Greensboro, N.C., was presented with the Young Adult Leadership Award.

SAMHSA’s Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to William “Bill” White of Bloomington–Normal, Ill., for his leadership, research, and advocacy to promote recovery from addictions. White has worked in the addictions field for more than 40 years and has also authored or co-authored more than 450 articles, monographs, research reports, book chapters, as well as 16 books.

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Background: Journey Healing Centers operates private drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers in Arizona and Utah, and has been featured on MTV's Gone Too Far, PBS, ABC News 15 Phoenix, Fox 10 Phoenix, ABC 4 Salt Lake City, AZ Family Phoenix, NPR.org, USAToday.com, Psychology Today and in People Magazine. Journey Healing Centers has supported thousands dealing with addictions through Residential Programs, Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP), Sober Living Homes, Aftercare, Sobriety for Life Program and a Free 24-Hour Hotline with Addiction Specialists: 1-866-774-5119 or visit: http://www.journeycenters.com

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