Sierra Tucson Recognizes Honorees at "Gratitude for Giving" Breakfast in Los Angeles

Sierra Tucson, celebrating 25 years of compassionate care and clinical excellence, will host their annual "Gratitude for Giving" Breakfast to honor professional clinicians in the Los Angeles area who dedicate their life work to recovery and treatment of addictions and mental/behavioral disorders. Nearly 300 experts in the field participate to honor their colleagues who have been nominated and selected by fellow clinicians. Sierra Tucson will pay tribute to the community and bestow peer Recognition Awards for 11 special categories.

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Sierra Tucson

The Addictions and Mental Health community is full of compassionate, giving people

Los Angeles, CA (Vocus) June 17, 2009

Sierra Tucson, a premier treatment center dedicated to the prevention, education, and treatment of addictions and behavioral disorders, will be hosting a "Gratitude for Giving" Breakfast on Wednesday, June 17, 2009, from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 South Doheny Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90048. Over 275 attendees are expected to join this celebration to pay tribute to their peers. Media are invited to attend free of charge.

Among those being recognized for their years of service to others are:
In Memoriam:

  • Lee Bloom, M.D., Pasadena Recovery Center
  • Brian Edward Brekke, LAC, Sober College
  • F. Kenneth Schonlau, M.P.A., Los Angeles County Sober Living Coalition

Action Recognition: Chet Wilson, Ph.D., Private Practice

Compassion Recognition: Alexander Bystritsky, M.D., Ph.D., UCLA

Hope Recognition: Jennifer Freed, Ph.D., Academy of Healing Arts for Teens: a nonprofit program of the Family Therapy Institute

Humility Recognition: Sharon Dunas, MFT, NAMI Westside-LA

Resource Recognition: Christopher Gomberg, M.Ed., Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Spirit Recognition: Dr. Katherine Sellwood, Private Practice

Vision Recognition:

  • Michael McCann, M.A., Matrix Institute
  • Jeanne L. Obert. MFT, MSM, Matrix Institute
  • Richard A. Rawson, Ph.D., Matrix Institute

Wisdom Recognition: Entertainment Industries Council

Pillar of the Community: Joanne Barron, CADC, Insight Treatment Programs

Gratitude Recognition: Michael Stone, M.D., Cornerstone of Southern California

"The Addictions and Mental Health community is full of compassionate, giving people," acknowledges Christi Cessna, Sierra Tucson's Marketing Director. "In the past, there has not been a forum to publicly acknowledge these gracious individuals and healers in our community. Sierra Tucson is honored to provide a venue to celebrate these amazing individuals who have contributed to our field. Of all the events that Sierra Tucson sponsors, this is the one that truly brings inspiration to our staff and to those in attendance."

Sierra Tucson is an internationally renowned, accredited treatment center and a dually licensed psychiatric hospital. Sierra Tucson is a leader in providing innovative, individualized treatment plans for coexisting addictions, mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, sexual and trauma recovery, and chronic pain. Located on 160 acres at the foot of the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson, Arizona, Sierra Tucson offers a beautiful natural healing environment and the highest level of confidentiality. For more information, call 800 842 4487 or visit http://www.SierraTucson.com.

Sierra Tucson is a member of CRC Health Group, the most comprehensive network of specialized behavioral care services in the nation. CRC offers the largest array of personalized treatment options, allowing individuals, families, and professionals to choose the most appropriate treatment setting for their behavioral, addiction, weight management and therapeutic education needs. CRC is committed to making its services widely and easily available, while maintaining a passion for delivering advanced treatment. For over two decades, CRC programs have helped individuals and families reclaim and enrich their lives. For more information, visit http://www.CRChealth.com.

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