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Ashley Addiction Treatment Recognizes Industry Leaders Who Have Positively Affected Many Lives

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Faith Strong named winner of Father Joseph C. Martin Professional
Excellence Award and Marvin Ventrell recipient of Ashley Addiction
Treatment Innovator Award

Ashley Addiction Treatment, a nationally recognized leader in the
integrated, evidence-based treatment of substance-use disorders,
today announced 2018 winners of the Father Joseph C. Martin Professional
Excellence Award and Ashley Addiction Treatment Innovator Award
.
Every year, Ashley Addiction bestows these prestigious honors on two
professionals who have had a profound impact on the countless lives who
suffer from addiction. The awards will be presented in Anaheim, CA on
Aug. 21 at the National Conference on Alcohol and Addiction Disorders
(NCAD).

Faith Strong is a nonagenarian heiress whose own successful recovery
from addiction paved the way for her remarkable philanthropic life
including donating more than $8 million to help women fight alcoholism
and drugs at New Directions for Women in Orange County, CA. She is
receiving Ashley's Father Joseph C. Martin Professional Excellence Award
.
Strong was selected because she embodies Father Martin's legacy of
treatment with dignity and respect and over the years she has focused on
finding ways to help individuals and their families achieve long-term
recovery.

Marvin Ventrell, executive director of the National Association of
Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP), is the recipient of the Ashley
Addiction Treatment Innovator Award.
Marvin is being recognized for
the impact he has had on the field of recovery through his innovative,
creative and forward thinking. He has spent his 30-year career as a
lawyer, association director, teacher and addiction treatment executive.
As a vocal member of the addiction recovery community, Ventrell serves
on numerous boards and committees and just last month testified before
the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on Capitol Hill
during the hearing "Examining Advertising and Marketing Practices within
the Substance Use Treatment Industry."

"Our independent committee of leading addiction and mental health
professionals chose exceptionally worthy winners for this year's
awards," said Rebecca (Becky) Flood, President and CEO of Ashley
Addiction Treatment.
"Faith has bravely leveraged her own experience
with addiction to help remove the stigma that keeps so many of those who
suffer from seeking help. Marvin has devoted his career to advocating
for populations in need and, because of his dedication, we're closer to
developing legal and health care systems that will meet those needs."

Formerly known as the National Conference on Addiction Disorders, the
Conference this year was recently renamed to give more weight to the
deleterious effect of alcohol and drugs on American communities.

"Alcohol may not be the only drug negatively affecting Americans'
quality of life these days, but it's certainly one of the most commonly
abused ones," shared Institute for the Advancement of Behavioral
Healthcare Director Doug Edwards
. "In fact, according to the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention, 88,000 Americans die from
alcohol-related causes annually, and that's nearly 40 percent more than
the number of deaths caused by opioid overdoses. People like Faith and
Marvin are doing amazing work to help address this concerning issue, and
we are excited to host them at the National Conference on Alcohol and
Addiction Disorders (NCAD) this year."

Flood will not only recognize the two award winners at the National
Conference on Alcohol and Addiction Disorders (NCAD) in Anaheim, CA
August 19-22, 2018, but also will serve on a panel focused on
practical approaches to battling the media's negative portrayals of
treatment and recovery.
Flood is a proponent of uncovering and
publicizing abuses but is concerned that patients and families have
difficulty distinguishing between "good and bad players."

The NCAD Conference returns to Ashley Addiction Treatment's home state
of Maryland next year at the Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore August
14-18, 2019.

Learn more about NCAD here.

About Ashley Addiction Treatment

Ashley Addiction Treatment (Ashley), celebrating its 35th
anniversary this year, is a nationally recognized leader in the
integrated, evidence-based treatment of substance-use disorders.
Ashley's expert staff implements a comprehensive program for patients
that integrates a full spectrum of medical, clinical and holistic
treatment methods. Ashley's driving principle – "everything for recovery
because recovery is everything" – reinforces its timeless mission to
heal each individual with respect and dignity and reflects its ongoing
commitment to meet new challenges. Accredited by The Joint Commission
and a division of Ashley Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization,
Ashley has treated nearly 40,000 patients since its inception in 1983.
Ashley's expansive offerings include inpatient as well as outpatient
treatment, sobriety enrichment, community outreach, family and
children's education and specialty programs. For more information,
please visit http://www.ashleytreatment.org.

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