The Heroes in Recovery Award is presented to everyday heroes who aid the cause of treatment for addiction and mental health issues.
September 29, 2014 (Nashville, TN) – Heroes in Recovery (HIR) is proud to announce the recipients of its biannual Heroes in Recovery Awards at Foundations Recovery Network’s Moments of Change conference in West Palm Beach, Florida. Rob Waggener, CEO of Foundations Recovery Network, and Glenn Greenwald, presented the one-of-a-kind awards to Jeanne Keister and Hillary Belk who exemplify the ideals of the Heroes in Recovery movement.
Jeanne Keister and her family founded a non-profit advocacy and educational organization, atTAcK addiction, after losing their son/brother Tyler to a heroin overdose on December 23, 2012. In less than two years since Tyler’s passing, atTAcK addiction has been instrumental in the passage of significant advocacy legislation in Delaware including the 911/Good Samaritan Law and a recent law which expands access to Naloxone, an anti-opioid medication that reverses the effects of heroin so that a life may be saved and treatment may be sought. Additionally, atTAcK addiction has just recently hosted their inaugural aATacK addiction 5k race in honor of Tyler.
Hillary Belk has been instrumental in growing the Collegiate Recovery Program she helped start at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, and is a natural advocate for those in recovery. Her peers refer to her as “a positive force to those struggling with addiction” and “an amazing teacher and mentor who always stays positive even during her own struggles.” She believes in “the process” and hangs onto that whenever she encounters difficulties. Hillary has also started a Young People in Recovery chapter in Charlotte, NC and serves as a Lead Advocate for the Heroes in Recovery movement.
About Heroes in Recovery:
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 20 million people needed substance abuse treatment last year and did not receive it. Ten million Americans did not receive needed mental health care. The stigma associated with substance abuse and mental health disorders creates a significant barrier to individuals and families seeking help.
Heroes in Recovery is a grassroots movement intended to remove the social stigma associated with people who are in recovery, to recognize the heroic effort it takes to overcome the obstacles in seeking help, and to celebrate the act of preventing the past from kidnapping the future. While the movement initially focuses on persons recovering from addictive behavior, it is meant also to recognize heroes recovering from many other types of disorders and trauma that can feed or manifest from an addiction.
About Foundations Recovery Network:
Headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., Foundations Recovery Network is one of the premier organizations for treating those with co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders. FRN’s treatment facilities include Michael’s House in Palm Springs, Calif.; The Canyon in Malibu, Calif.; La Paloma in Memphis, Tenn.; and Black Bear Lodge in Sautee, Ga.; as well as full-service outpatient treatment centers in Atlanta, Ga.; Santa Monica, Calif.; Memphis, Tenn.; Nashville, Tenn.; San Francisco, Calif.; and Palm Springs, Calif.
All Foundations Recovery Network treatment centers practice a system of care that treats co-occurring disorders in a fully integrated approach for lasting recovery. For more information, please visit www.foundationsrecoverynetwork.com.
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