Award Winning Journalist and NY Times Best Selling Author David Sheff to Speak at Pasadena Recovery Center

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Wednesday January 14th 2015 at 12:00pm.

Pasadena Recovery Center is pleased to welcome New York Times Best Selling Author and Award Winning Journalist, David Sheff to speak at their groundbreaking Speaker Series Event. Sheff is the author of Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy, the follow-up to his New York Times #1 best seller, Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction. Clean is the result of the years Sheff spent investigating the disease of addiction and America’s drug problem, which he sees as the greatest public health challenge of our time. Writing about Clean, author Benoit Denizet-Lewis says, “David Sheff has written the most important book about addiction in a decade.” Richard Branson says that Clean is “an important expose of a failed system.” Sheff will change not only how you look at drug abuse–but also will raise the discussion of how the system of power should be handling this incredible epidemic. Mackenzie Phillips, actress and Treatment and Recovery Advocate at Pasadena Recovery Center, will be introducing David Sheff, and following the talk there will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

"We are absolutely thrilled to welcome David Sheff as our featured guest for this month's speaker series," said Phillips. "This is an opportunity for clients to not only learn more about this terrible disease, but for family and friends to hear from a father whose world was shaken when his son suffered from addiction. David Sheff speaks from the heart and has gone above and beyond to be able to understand addiction," said Phillips.

Pasadena Recovery Center Speaker Series hosts amazing authors, entrepreneurs, celebrities, and experts to talk about their personal experiences with addiction and the way it has affected both themselves and the people around them.

DAVID SHEFF is an accomplished journalist and author, his book Beautiful Boy, published in 2008 was based on his article, "My Addicted Son," which appeared in the New York Times Magazine. The article won a special award from the American Psychological Association for "outstanding contribution to the understanding of addiction." Beautiful Boy was named the year’s Best Nonfiction Book by Entertainment Weekly, and it won first place in the Barnes and Noble Discover Award in nonfiction. Sheff also contributed to HBO’s Addiction: Why Can’t They Just Stop. In 2009, he was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine’s list of the World’s Most Influential People. He won the 2013 College of Problems on Drug Dependence (CPDD) Media Award.

PASADENA RECOVERY CENTER is located in the charming historic district of Pasadena, the Pasadena Recovery Center was co-founded in 2000 by renowned psychiatrist Dr. Lee Bloom, his daughter Alison Triessl, and his son Michael Bloom. The 98-bed drug and alcohol treatment center is nationally known for its 12-step based comprehensive treatment program and highly skilled, licensed and certified staff. Pasadena Recovery Center is dedicated to providing compassionate, comprehensive care to those suffering from chemical dependency and is proud to offer lifesaving and life-changing treatment at an affordable cost. The Pasadena Recovery Center’s goal is to reintroduce sober individuals into society with the skills necessary to lead meaningful, productive lives.

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