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Faces & Voices of Recovery honors leaders in the addiction recovery movement

May 3, 2013
by Shannon Brys, Associate Editor
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Faces & Voices of Recovery will honor 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. The event, sponsored with Caron Treatment Centers, honors the exceptional energy, commitment, dedication and creativity of these individuals and organizations in advocating for the rights of people and their families in or seeking recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. The program will be held in Washington D.C. on June 26 at 6 p.m.

Voice of Recovery award

  • Kristen Johnston, Emmy Award-winning actress and best-selling author. Johnston has had a long and celebrated career as an actress in television, film, and theater, but it was with her brilliant memoir Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster that she bravely told the story of her own battles with addiction. In her six years of recovery, she founded and is the executive director of SLAM (Sobriety, Learning And Motivation – www.slamnyc.org), an organization devoted to building a recovery high school in New York City. She is also featured prominently in “The Anonymous People,” an unforgettable, powerful documentary about the state of recovery in America today.

Vernon Johnson awards

  • Tom Coderre, Rhode Island State Senate, Pawtucket, RI. Tom serves as the Board Chair of Rhode Island Communities for Addiction Recovery Efforts (RICARES) where he is a leader and strong public advocate for recovery, peer recovery support services and ending discriminatory policies. He is the Chief of Staff to the RI State Senate President and served as Faces & Voices National Field Director, where he developed and carried out Recovery Voices Count, Faces & Voices non-partisan civic engagement campaign; and organized house parties, screenings and other activities in conjunction with the release of HBO’s Addiction.  
  • Andre Johnson, CEO, Detroit Recovery Project, Detroit, MI.  Andre has been an exceptional leader and "recovery carrier" in Detroit, bringing his message of hope to so many while developing a strong peer recovery support organization.  His recovery has taken him “from the crack house, to Morehouse.”  Since launching the Detroit Recovery Project in 2005, his work has spread internationally, helping build recovery support in East Africa (Tanzania and Zanzibar).
  • Scott Strode, Phoenix Multisport, Denver, CO.  Scott is the Founder and Executive Director of Phoenix Multisport and has dedicated his life to helping addicts and alcoholics find recovery through sport. Scott tirelessly advocates to the public, to friends and Phoenix team members that through recovery individuals and communities are transformed.  Over 7,000 recovering individuals in Colorado have experienced a free, expiration-less, safe sober community through which to discover and continue to develop their recovery. Strode will be one of the plenary speakers at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) in Anaheim in September.


Joel Hernandez Award

  • A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment & Healing), San Diego, CA. A New PATH was created in 1999 by Executive Director Gretchen Burns Bergman and two other co-founders, all parents of individuals whose lives have been devastated by addiction. They are working to reduce the stigma associated with addiction and to advocate for therapeutic rather than punitive drug policies, partnering with parents, health care professionals, the criminal justice system and people in recovery.  In addition to policy advocacy, A New Path’s annual Faces of Recovery calendar and “Strut for Sobriety,” raises awareness about the reality of recovery. 

Lisa Mojer-Torres Award

  • Arthur C. Evans, Jr., Ph.D., Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, Philadelphia, PA.  Dr. Evans has led the transformation of Philadelphia’s service system to one that focuses on recovery.  His exceptional commitment to serving people and mobilizing communities is making a difference in the lives of people in Philadelphia and around the nation, where his leadership inspires others to value change, listen and learn from people in or seeking recovery, and develop communities and institutions that embrace recovery.

The honorees will be featured at an awards benefit that will feature members of Congress, federal officials and leaders of the nation’s addiction recovery advocacy movement. 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.