Caron Honors Addiction Activists

By Hunter R. Slaton 06/06/12

Honorees at the Greater New York Community Service Awards Breakfast include luminaries from cops to airline employees.

Caron award-winners included Sgt. Sweeney
(third from left) and Dr. Twerski
(second from right).
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Treatment-industry professionals and luminaries including A&E Intervention-ist Donna Chavous and Gateway Rehabilitation Center founder (and ordained rabbi) Abraham Twerski, MD gathered in New York City yesterday for Caron’s 7th Annual Greater New York Community Service Awards Breakfast. Caron New York Regional Vice President Todd Whitmer welcomed the assembled guests—noting that the foundation's “acquisition slash merger” of The Hanley Center rehab in Palm Beach County “is coming together quite well,” and that their new Ocean Drive treatment facility, also in Florida, is getting up and running—before turning it over to Awards Committee Chairman Neil Lasher, an A&R man for Sony/ATV Music. Lasher presented seven Caron “Unsung Hero” Awards, to Chavous and six others. Next up, some major awards were presented by Vice President of Caron New York Clinical Regional Services Harris Stratyner, PhD, CASAC. Honorees—in categories including the Addiction Professional Award, Research Award, Medical Professional Award and more—included the Legal Professional/Uniformed Public Service Award-winner Sgt. Daniel Sweeney, LMSW, CASAC, of the New York Police Department’s Counseling Services Unit. Accepting his award with trademark blunt honesty, Sweeney said, “The truth is, I wouldn’t be here if I hadn’t gotten arrested. I wouldn’t be here if I hadn’t gotten sober.” The final award of the morning went to the elderly Dr. Twerski, who earned Caron’s Lifetime Achievement Award—and a standing ovation.

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