Recovery Month Awards Ceremony Celebrates Voices in Recovery

October 2nd, 2012

This September marked the 23rd annual National Recovery Month observance which is designed to celebrate the effectiveness of treatment services and the reality of recovery. This year’s national theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: It’s Worth It,” emphasized that while the road to recovery may be difficult, the benefits of preventing and overcoming mental and/or substance use disorders are significant and valuable to individuals, families and communities.

David Lawrence Center celebrated six individuals and organizations for their outstanding contributions to support those in recovery at the Annual Recovery Month Awards Ceremony “Celebrating Voices of Recovery” held last month.

Thomas O’Connor M.Ed., LMHC

Director of Social Work, Naples Community Hospital

Albert Bable

Intake Coordinator, Justin’s Place

St. Matthew’s House/Justin Place

accepted by Van Ellison, CEO

Honorable Janeice Martin

Collier County Circuit Court Judge, Mental Health and Drug Court

Nori St. Paul

Freelance Writer, Naples Daily News Correspondent, Author

Bruce M. McAndrews

DLC Volunteer and Alumni Association Chairperson

Special thanks to our event sponsors St. Matthew’s House, the David Lawrence Center Alumni Association and New Hope Event Center.

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