New Directions for Women is proud to partner for recovery with Writers in Treatment. This organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization grounded in the arts and recovery fields. W.I.T.’s primary purpose is to save lives through promoting and providing ‘treatment’ as the best first step solution for addiction, alcoholism and other self-destructive behaviors. Writers In Treatment produces and presents culturally significant events dedicated to improving the quality of recovery by reducing stigmas associated with alcoholism and addiction.
The Writers in Treatment recently hosted a charity event, with support from New Directions for Women, that recognized Robert Downey, Jr., Ed Begley Jr., and Bobcat Goldthwait. During the starry evening, tributes honored John Taylor (from English Band Duran Duran) for his courageous and honest memoir about his Journey from Addiction to Recovery. Taylor was given the Writers In Treatment’s Experience, Strength & Hope Award. The Experience, Strength and Hope Award is given to well-known individuals who have written courageous and honest memoirs about their journey from addiction to recovery.
Actor Robert Downey, Jr. presented the award to his friend Taylor. Actor Ed Begley, Jr. hosted the event while it feature, headline performers: Bobcat Goldthwait, actress Ione Skye, and singer Divina. Our Executive Director/CEO Rebecca Flood also spoke at the podium about the services NDFW provides for women of all ages, pregnant women in any trimester, and women with children. This event was held at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA Friday, February 15th, 2013.
Writers In Treatment Founder Leonard Buschel said of the event, “When you have over 375 sparkling and healthy people celebrating individuals who have triumphantly overcome their battles with addiction, and Bobcat Goldthwait is being funnier than God, the event transcends the visual, and becomes about the feeling of the heart, which is love.”
It is a wonderful thing when non-profit and charitable organization come together to recognize the recovery community. Addiction is much bigger than popularity and social status. Addiction has touched the lives of many people throughout the world and charitable events of this manner always serve as evidence for this fact.
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