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‘America Honors Recovery’ Celebration

Nominations are currently being accepted for this year’s America Honors Recovery celebration. The America Honors Recovery award program was founded by The Johnson Institute in 2004 as a means to celebrate long-term, effective recovery from substance abuse. Nominations can be made to enter a person celebrating recovery for the Vernon Johnson Award. Generally, this is a person that has sought and received successful treatment from a recovery center. Three individuals will be recognized by the award, noting their determination and continued success in the recovery process.

While nominations are accepted for individuals for the Vernon Johnson Award, community organizations at the local, state, and regional levels will also be recognized with the Joel Hernandez Award. Based on the information in the nomination announcement, The Joel Hernandez Award serves to recognize and commend a community organization or recovery center that has been particularly successful in “assessing the specific needs of [its] community and carrying out a vision and mission of mobilizing resources within and outside the recovery community to increase the prevalence and quality of long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.”

The winning organization or recovery center will receive $2,000 and will be recognized at a reception in Washington, D.C. scheduled to be held on June 22nd. The three individuals that receive recognition for the Vernon Johnson Award will also be commended at the June 22nd ceremony. The monetary award given to the winning organization will be sponsored jointly by Faces & Voices of Recovery and Hazelden’s Center for Public Advocacy.

These individuals that recognize their need for assistance through a recovery center in the drug recovery process, and work hard to maintain their sobriety, deserve to be commended for their strength and perseverance during such a time of struggle. Vista Taos Addiction Center in New Mexico treats many such individuals who are committed to changing the direction of their life with the assistance of a recovery center. Nominate a deserving individual or community organization by April 1st, 2011 for them to be considered as a potential winner.

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