Canton Talking Points
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DR. BARRY KARLIN, CEO & FOUNDER, CRC HEALTH GROUP Canton Statement - Recovery Takes Flight -- September 16, 2009 I am honored to be here at Keystone Treatment Center in celebration of recovery. I would like to thank our distinguished guests: specifically Four Star General McCaffrey and Mayor Toso (TOE-SO) I want to acknowledge the staff at Keystone who have worked hard to make this day a huge success – and who work hard everyday to help people find a new path and a new way to live. Special recognition to Carol Regier and Ben Granville for their contributions. Thanks to the staff of CRC Health for their support as well: Jerry Rhodes, Recovery Division President, Joe Pritchard VP, Melissa Preshaw, Kristen Hayes and Bob Weiner. We are here today to celebrate Recovery Month. The observance acknowledges all those in and touched by someone’s addiction – family, friends, treatment providers and the community. It showcases the commitment and efforts of people in recovery, and celebrates the empowerment and renewed outlook on life obtained through recovery. The 2009 Recovery Month theme “Together We Learn, Together We Heal” underscores the continued gains our nation is making in addressing addiction treatment. Many of you have personal experience with addiction and recovery. As you know Recovery requires that you adopt an attitude of open-mindedness and a willingness to change. It requires patience, strength and determination. I have great admiration for the people who embark on this path and for the people who to dedicate their careers the field of addiction. Everyday I hear success stories from clients and staff and I am constantly amazed and inspired by their stories. Stories of lives that have been renewed and of people that are now thriving – who are now assets to their families and their communities. I have learned a great deal about treatment and recovery since 1995 when I purchased CRC’s first facility in CA. A colleague of mine had suggested I make an investment in a “chemical dependency” facility. “What kind of Chemicals do they manufacture?” I asked him. Today I can laugh at how naïve I was. Today I can say that I am proud to part of an organization that makes a difference. And when I look back at my life I will be content that I chose an honorable profession. In conclusion I want to say that I applaud each of you for your commitment to a new way of life. And as we say at CRC – Recovery is.. Help for Today…Hope for Tomorrow.