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Heroes Award

The Heroes in Recovery Award is presented to everyday heroes who aid the cause of treatment for addiction and mental health issues

 October 13, 2015 (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 presented the one-of-a-kind awards to Noah Levine and Dean Dauphinais who exemplify the ideals of the Heroes in Recovery movement.

Rob Waggener, CEO Foundations Recovery Network and Noah Levine

Rob Waggener, CEO Foundations Recovery Network and Noah Levine

Noah Levine’s career has been characterized by selfless efforts to empower recovering addicts with insights and practices from his quarter century of Buddhist study. He has founded several charities that serve the recovery community, including the Mind Body Awareness Project, the Buddhist Recovery Network and most recently Refuge Recovery. He teaches meditation classes, workshops and retreats nationally in addition to leading groups in juvenile halls and prisons. He recently founded Refuge Recovery Centers, an outpatient treatment center in Los Angeles, and set up the Refuge Recovery charity for the purpose of serving the growing network of peer-led Refuge Recovery support groups.

L-R Kathy Dauphinais, Rob Waggener, CEO Foundations Recovery Network and Dean Dauphinais

L-R Kathy Dauphinais, Rob Waggener, CEO Foundations Recovery Network and Dean Dauphinais

Dean Dauphinais is a passionate recovery advocate who began writing a personal blog to share his experiences with his son’s addiction and continues to raise awareness via his blog and as a contributing writer for a variety of websites. Dean has served as an advocate for Heroes in Recovery over the past two years, volunteers as a parent coach with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and volunteers at the Dawn Farm treatment center in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He has been open, honest and totally transparent about his family’s struggle and is tireless in his efforts to break the stigma associated with addiction and mental illness.

A committee selects the Heroes in Recovery award recipients after reviewing nominations received throughout the year. Nominations for the 2016 awards can be submitted at

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. For more information, please visit

About Foundations Recovery Network:

Headquartered in Nashville, TN, 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, CA; The Canyon in Malibu, CA; The Oaks at La Paloma in Memphis, TN and Black Bear Lodge in Sautee, GA; as well as full-service outpatient treatment centers in Atlanta, GA; Santa Monica, CA; Memphis, TN; Nashville, TN; San Francisco, CA; San Diego, CA; and Palm Springs, CA.

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

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Jeff Skillen
(615) 828-1950

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