The Levenson Foundation Hosts a Dallas Town Hall Event on the Opiate Epidemic Sponsored By Origins Behavioral HealthCare and Transcend Recovery Community

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The August 20th Town Hall Event Titled Opiate Dependency: Shedding Light on a Community Epidemic, Includes a Keynote Speech by Former NFL QB, Ryan Leaf, Followed by Industry Experts and Participant-Driven Discussion

The Levenson Foundation, based in Austin, Texas, a global philanthropic foundation whose work focuses on the treatment of addiction, trauma and psychiatric challenges in the world’s most disadvantaged populations, announced today the launch of its Town Hall Series with an event designed to educate the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) community about the growing threat of the opiate epidemic in America. The event will include a keynote speech by retired NFL quarterback and recovering addict, Ryan Leaf, who serves as the Program Ambassador for the Transcend Recovery Community. This event is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Origins Behavioral HealthCare and Transcend Recovery Community.

Benjamin Levenson, founder of The Levenson Foundation, says, “We are delighted to have the support and participation of Ryan Leaf as we launch our Town Hall-styled events. We also want to strongly recognize the sponsorship of both Transcend and Origins Behavioral HealthCare who strongly support our efforts to educate, foster discussion and fight the opiate epidemic in DFW, communities across America and across the world.”

Ryan Leaf, former 2nd overall pick in the 1998 NFL draft, states, “Over the past 10 years, I have had a very public battle with an addiction to opiates and have, fortunately, surrendered and accepted a life of recovery that is both healthy and sustainable. It is important for me to share my story and be of service so that the millions of people currently battling addiction can relate to someone who has been in their same position and come to understand that there is a solution and that they don’t have to do it alone!”

The August 20th event will take place at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, located at 9200 Inwood Road in Dallas, Texas and will feature the following distinguished speakers:

Ben Levenson, Chairman of The Levenson Foundation and Founder of Origins Behavioral HealthCare, will be the Master of Ceremonies.

Participating experts include:
➢    Dr. Amy Anderson; PsyD, LPC, MHA (Dallas, TX)
➢    Dr. Kevin Gilliand; PsyD (Dallas, TX)
➢    C.C. "Sonny" McCutcheon; LCDC, LAC (Ft. Worth, TX)
➢    Jim Savage; LCDC (Dallas, TX)
➢    Chico West; LPC (Dallas, TX )
➢    Ivana Grahavoc; MSW (Austin, TX)

About The Levenson Foundation
The Levenson Foundation ("TLF") is a privately-funded philanthropic organization chartered, structured and managed to provide stabilizing financial, operational, clinical and geopolitical support to mental health and recovery-focused humanitarian activities around the world. Learn more about the Foundation’s activities and how to get involved at

About Transcend Recovery Community
Transcend has been the benchmark for sober livings since 2008. Transcend has eight breathtaking locations for adults of all ages throughout Los Angeles, Houston, and New York City, and is well known for their highly-structured programs, 24hour on-site awake staff, and strong emphasis on vocational and life skills development. Each client is a member of the Transcend family where the principles of accountability, spirituality, and community allow them to feel a sense of purpose and belonging like never before. To ensure the highest level of long-term support, Transcend works closely with both the client’s family and treatment to ensure that all parties affected by the addiction are part of the recovery plan. To learn more please visit:

About Origins Behavioral HealthCare
As one of the nation’s premier alcohol, drug addiction and dual diagnosis treatment providers, Origins embraces both the individual and the family, because they know first-hand that the disease of addiction can be devastating to everyone involved. They offer age-specific, client-driven care, and clients in need of gender-separate or gender-specific treatment receive it. Their facilities cater to the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual needs of their clients.

At Origins Behavioral HealthCare, they understand and treat the mood, medical, and emotional disorders which often co-occur with addiction and that must be treated through a multi-disciplinary, medically intensive program. At Origins, holistic wellness is central to recovery, and it is their goal to treat not only the physical and mental needs of clients, but the emotional and spiritual needs as well. Learn much more at

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Michael Wright

Origins Behavioral HealthCare
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