Robert's incredible story can teach us how one can take grief and helplessness caused by this disease and change it into awareness, compassion and support.
Pasadena, CA (PRWEB) February 26, 2015
Pasadena Recovery Center is pleased to welcome renowned criminal defense attorney, Robert Shapiro, to their groundbreaking speaker series on Wednesday, March 4th at 12 p.m. Shapiro has represented numerous high-profile corporations such as; Rockstar Energy Drink, Diamond Resorts International, Steve Wynn and Wynn Resorts Ltd, as well as many celebrity clients. Shapiro is known best for his work serving on the defense team that successfully defended O.J. Simpson in 1995. Since then, Shapiro has navigated away from criminal defense and has now refocused his expertise in civil litigation.
Despite his longstanding career success, Robert and his family have suffered personal tragedy with the loss of their eldest son, Brent, due to a drug overdose in 2005. The Shapiro family experienced, first hand, the devastation and hurt that is caused by alcohol and drug addiction. Brent's tragic death led Robert to become a strong advocate and leader in the recovery community which led him to the establish The Brent Shapiro Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to raise alcohol and drug awareness. The organization’s mission is to start a national conversation about the disease of chemical dependency, delete stereotypes and create a comfortable and supportive environment for struggling and recovering addicts. Mackenzie Phillips, Treatment and Recovery Advocate at Pasadena Recovery Center, will be introducing Robert, and following the talk, there will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.
"We are honored to have Robert as our featured guest for this month's speaker series. We hope his discussion will help inspire many to view addiction in a new light. Robert's incredible story can teach us how one can take grief and helplessness caused by this disease and change it into awareness, compassion and support,” 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.
The Brent Shapiro Foundation has recently partnered with Variety Boy's and Girls Club in Boyle Heights and has successfully established "Brent's Club," which aims to create a new society that promotes sobriety as being the way of the future for young people. Brent’s Club uses positive incentives, tutoring and special events to reward members who stay sober, and provides private counseling along with resources for those who test positive to voluntary weekly drug tests. The club aims to support members throughout middle school and high school years. This amazing program rewards students who complete the sober program with college opportunities and scholarships. The Shapiro Family’s goal is to expand this program nationwide and create a generation motivated toward sobriety to end alcohol and drug related addiction and death.
Pasadena Recovery Center is located in the charming historic district of Pasadena, California. 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.