Voice Awards Cap off Recovery Month

voiceawards2013The 2013 Voice Awards were held at Paramount Studios in Hollywood last week. Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the awards seek to honor community and entertainment leaders for giving a voice to behavioral health recovery.

This year director David O. Russell was presented with the career achievement award, who has been at the helm of many notable films including The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook.

Special recognition was also given to Patrick Kennedy, former U.S. Representative (Rhode Island), and author and lead sponsor of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.

In the documentary film category, awards were given to Running From Crazy, Of Two Minds and Bill W. Feature film awards went to The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Being Flynn and Silver Linings Playbook.

Other categories included television productions and awards were also given to community activists for their efforts to raise awareness and support for recovery.

SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D. said, “It is more important than ever to raise our voices — through TV, film and other media – to proclaim that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, that treatment is effective and that people recover.”

About Blake Nichols

Blake Nichols is the Director of Operations at Desert Cove Recovery. Blake battled his own addiction to drugs and alcohol and was given the gift of recovery at the age of 23. Since 2008, Blake has dedicated his life and career to the field of addiction. He has experience in all aspects of addiction treatment including direct care, admissions, marketing, and administration.
Blake feels that the greatest reward of working in the recovery field is being part of the transformation that a person goes through from the time they arrive and begin treatment, through the hard work and the Miracle of recovery, and ultimately the change into a confident and capable person ready to carry the message of recovery.
"My career has focused on serving others. I have accepted ownership of my responsibilities as that is the key to working at the highest level of professionalism. I have worked to be positive and offer solution-based suggestions in my work and personal life."