McAllen Medical Center & Origins Recovery Centers Join Forces to Present: Reel Recovery with Special Guest Debbie Knauss of TLC Network’s “Cracking Addiction”

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Evening Event Spotlights South Texas Treatment Experts and Advance Screening Of Critically Acclaimed Documentary Bill W

“It will be amazing to have such a high level of dialogue between our area’s medical and recovery professionals.” Ben Levenson, CEO

In honor of National Recovery Month 2012, the Bright Vista Program at McAllen Medical Center and Origins Recovery Centers at South Padre Island have teamed up to host “Reel Recovery” - An evening dedicated to educating South Texas’ medical community about substance abuse treatment options through television and film. The event, located at the McAllen Public Library between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 will also feature guest speaker, Debbie Knauss.

Ben Levenson, the founder and CEO of Origins Recovery Centers enthuses, “It will be amazing to have such a high level of dialogue between our area’s medical and recovery professionals. Hopefully, this meeting-of-the-minds will have an immediate and positive impact on the population.”

The guest speaker, interventionist Debbie Knauss, President of Dallas-based VIP Recovery, has been featured on the Dr. Phil Show and The Doctors. Ms. Knauss’ latest program, “Cracking Addiction", will debut on the TLC Network Wednesday, October 3rd at 9PM EST.

Following Knauss’ remarks the event will feature a private screening of the critically-acclaimed documentary “Bill W,” which is about the life of Alcoholics Anonymous founder Bill Wilson. The movie and speaker are meant to inspire discussion for the event’s culmination, a panel discussion led by several Rio Grande Valley experts in substance abuse treatment.

About National Recovery Month
Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for substance use and mental disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover.

About the Bright Vista Program at McAllen Medical Center
Bright Vista at McAllen Medical Center is a medical stabilization program offering recovery assistance for drug and alcohol dependence. A medical stabilization program helps ensure that patients receive proper medical attention as they withdraw from drug or alcohol dependency. Withdrawal from drugs or alcohol can be the most difficult challenge a person can go through. Bright Vista’s specially trained treatment team includes medical doctors and nurses who use a multidisciplinary approach to patient stabilization. Patients receive the medical attention they need to help them make a safe transition from physical dependency on drugs or alcohol to an opportunity for a new beginning in life. McAllen Medical Center provides a comfortable environment and expert medical supervision for the recovery process. Potential patients include those who are currently using certain drugs or alcohol, or who are experiencing acute withdrawal symptoms.

About Origins Recovery Centers
Origins Recovery Center is a licensed provider of longer-term, gender-specific residential substance abuse treatment and continuing care services for adults. The Company’s innovative programs comprise a comprehensive continuum of care for the treatment of alcoholism, addiction and co-occurring disorders. Origins’ premier campuses are located in carefully selected locations around the United States, including South Padre Island, Texas and Westchester County near New York City. Learn more about Origins’ array of programs and take a virtual tour of the South Padre Island campus at

About Debbie Knauss and VIP Recovery
We at VIP Recovery Services are here to assist you with a distinctive approach to the intervention process, one that is saving lives and helping entire families begin their healing process. This is precisely why Dr. Phil and The Doctors television programs have selected us at VIP to illustrate for their viewing audiences the importance of intervention in cases of addiction. Every intervention entrusted to VIP is handled with dignity and respect, by Debbie and Brandon Knauss, a mother and son intervention team. Brandon is a former addict and Debbie is the mother who lived through the years of Brandon’s disease, so she understands firsthand how complicated the situation is. In addition, Debbie is a licensed Registered Nurse (RN) and Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC). Their unique bond allows Debbie and Brandon to offer what no other intervention specialists can: intimate, direct knowledge of what the patient AND the family are going through.

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