NAADAC was a proud sponsor of Faces and Voices of Recovery’s America Honors Recovery Awards Gala and Dinner, held on July 23, 2018, in Washington, DC. This annual event is held to recognize the efforts of individuals and organizations engaged in promoting addiction recovery policies and programs nationally and in their communities. Of note, former U.S. Representative Patrick J. Kennedy was awarded the Voice of Recovery Award for being a leading voice in the recovery movement in his fight for social justice and health equality for people living with substance use disorder. Additionally, Beverly J. Haberle, Executive Director of the Council of Southeast Pennsylvania Inc., was awarded the William L. White Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for a long and distinguished career advocating for individuals with substance use disorders, their family members, and entire communities.
Donald McDonald, Executive Director of Addiction Professionals of North Carolina (APNC), our NC affiliate, agreed to represent us at the gala. APNC has been advancing the addiction field in NC for nearly 60 years. McDonald came on as Executive Director in October and has led his team on a Join the Movement campaign, resulting in an appreciable increase in membership and conference attendance. Beyond engaging in deliberate education and vigilant advocacy, APNC has expanded into recovery support services coordination, supporting initiatives such as collegiate recovery programs, recovery high schools, and law enforcement assisted diversion programs. Currently, they are developing supplemental peer recovery support curricula on issues around supervision and ethics. McDonald will be facilitating a breakout workshop entitled Ethical Considerations for Recovery Community Organizations at our national conference in Houston this October.
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