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11AM Fri., Sept. 23 News Conference With 4-Star Gen. Barry McCaffrey, National & Local Officials, Law Enforcement, Military, VIPs, Country's Largest Treatment Provider To Highlight "Treatment Gap" In Drug Abuse; Twelve Oaks, Navarre FL Treatment Center Is National HQ


Event To Emphasize 1.4 Million Floridians, 23 Million Across Country Need but Lack Treatment


NAVARRE and PENSACOLA, Fla., Sept. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Four-Star General Barry McCaffrey , the former U.S. Director of National Drug Control Policy, along with other national and local officials, law enforcement leaders, military, treatment experts, providers, and spokespersons for substance abuse treatment, program alumni, and families, will lead a national news conference at Twelve Oaks Treatment Center in Navarre, FL at 11:00 AM Friday, September 23 as a headquarters event for National Recovery Month.  Held in cooperation with the annual HHS/SAMHSA Recovery Month, the event will also honor recovering servicemen and women. Twelve Oaks has one of the nation's premier military recovery programs; leaders and experts in PTSD will be among the speakers.

The event is Friday, September 23 at 11AM at Twelve Oaks Treatment Center, 2068 Healthcare Avenue, Navarre FL 32566. At Noon, following the 11AM News conference, in conjunction with over 100 other addiction treatment facilities across the nation, all participants – speakers, VIPs, and audience -- will be releasing biodegradable balloons nationwide at the same Noon time in a show of support for those in recovery and the many treatment professionals who dedicate their lives to making a difference.

Four- Star General McCaffrey served as the nation's "Drug Czar", Commander of SouthCom for all U.S. troops in Latin America, assistant to Colin Powell at the National Security Council, a commander in Iraq and leader of the successful "Left Hook" during the Gulf War, professor at West Point, and is an expert in the national media on substance abuse policies, national security, and terrorism.

Other speakers at the event include:

  • Terry David Terrell, Chief Judge, First Judicial Circuit, State of Florida
  • Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley
  • Niceville, FL Police Chief David Popwell
  • Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel-Vasilinda
  • Clark Merritt, district rep. for U.S. Cong. Jeff Miller (FL-01), Chair, US House Committee on Veterans Affairs and Member, US House Armed Services Com.
  • Jerry Rhodes, Chief Operating Officer, CRC Health Group, nation's largest behavioural and substance abuse treatment provider, parent co. of Twelve Oaks
  • Marian Ross, National Recovery Ambassador, treatment alumna, San Jose CA
  • Christopher Bailey, Sgt 1st Class Army Ranger Instructor; Alumnus, Twelve Oaks
  • Diane Vchulek, PTSD Coordinator - Twelve Oaks Recovery
  • Janea Kraus – Vocalist
  • Keith Kuhn, Executive Director - Twelve Oaks Recovery; event emcee

The event, titled "Recovery Takes Flight," is part of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  

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