Leaders Promoting Recovery From Addiction Recognized for Outstanding Achievement

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Kristen Johnston, Emmy Award-Winning Actress and New York Times Bestselling Author, Honored for Her Advocacy on Behalf of Addicts and Addiction Recovery

“Johnston’s advocacy on behalf of addicts and addiction recovery is unparalleled,” said Faces & Voices of Recovery board chair Dona Dmitrovic. “She has bravely told her own story, giving hope to others and is a powerful voice for recovery.”

Faces & Voices of Recovery honored leaders in the addiction recovery movement, highlighting the extraordinary contributions of the country's most influential recovery community leaders and organizations at America Honors Recovery today. The event, sponsored with Caron Treatment Centers, showcased their exceptional efforts advocating for the rights of people and their families in or seeking recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

Kristen Johnston, Award-winning actress and best-selling author, accepted the Voice of Recovery award. “Johnston’s advocacy on behalf of addicts and addiction recovery is unparalleled,” said Faces & Voices of Recovery board chair Dona Dmitrovic. “She has bravely told her own story, giving hope to others and is a powerful voice for recovery."

Speakers and presenters included former member Congress Mary Bono (R-CA); federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Administrator Pam Hyde; and White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Deputy Director Michael Botticelli.

The Vernon Johnson award was accepted by Tom Coderre, Andre Johnson and Scott Strode. Coderre is the Chief of Staff for the Rhode Island State Senate and the Board Chair of Rhode Island Communities for Addiction Recovery Efforts (RICARES). He is a leader and strong public advocate for recovery, peer recovery support services and ending discriminatory policies. Johnson is the CEO of the Detroit Recovery Project, where he is an exceptional leader and "recovery carrier," bringing his message of hope to so many while developing a strong peer recovery support organization. Strode is the Founder and Executive Director of Phoenix Multisport in Denver, CO and has dedicated his life to helping addicts and alcoholics find recovery through sport.

The Joel Hernandez Award was accepted by Executive Director Gretchen Burns Bergman on behalf of A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment & Healing), San Diego, CA. A New PATH was created in 1999 by parents of individuals whose lives have been devastated by addiction.

The Lisa Mojer-Torres Award was accepted by Arthur C. Evans, Jr., Ph.D. Evans heads up the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, where he has led the transformation of Philadelphia’s service system to one that focuses on recovery.

The Vernon Johnson and Joel Hernandez award recipients were selected from nominees submitted by organizations and advocates from across the U.S. The honorees were featured at an awards ceremony that fosters excellence in advocacy related to recovery from addiction. America Honors Recovery carries on the legacies of three addiction recovery trailblazers who dedicated their lives to removing barriers for individuals and families affected by addiction: Johnson Institute founder, Dr. Vernon E. Johnson, and recovery advocates, Joel Hernandez and Lisa Mojer-Torres.

The award recipients and Faces & Voices of Recovery-supported recovery community organizations nationwide have launched local and state campaigns to support people in or seeking recovery from addiction and their families. Their efforts seek to end discriminatory laws that keep people in or seeking recovery from jobs, housing and other services. They develop and deliver innovative peer recovery support services including a growing network of recovery community centers. The advocates also educate the public and policymakers about the reality of recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

Interviews of the awardees are available upon request.
The awards program is available online at http://www.facesandvoicesofrecovery.org.

Faces & Voices of Recovery is organizing the over 23 million Americans in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, their families, friends and allies in a campaign to end discrimination; broaden social understanding; and achieve a just response to addiction as a public health crisis. For more information, visit facesandvoicesofrecovery.org

Caron Treatment Centers is a nationally recognized non-profit provider of alcohol and drug addiction treatment. With more than 50 years in the field, Caron is one of the oldest and largest organizations offering primary, relapse and longer-term residential treatment for adolescents, young adults, adults and older adults, as well as families affected by the disease of addiction. Caron’s treatment is gender separate and gender-specific. Caron has extensive experience in the treatment of co-occurring psychological/psychiatric disorders within its patient community. Formerly the Caron Foundation, the acclaimed Caron Treatment Centers network operates treatment centers in Wernersville, PA; Dallas, TX; and West Palm Beach, Boca Raton and Delray Beach, FL. Caron also operates The Hanley Center and Gate Lodge. Caron has regional offices in Boston, Bermuda, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. For more information, visit caron.org

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