Denver, CO: In the West Wing of the White House, the acting director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) recognized Scott Strode, Founder and Executive Director of The Phoenix, as an Advocate for Action. Michael Botticelli, the nation’s “Drug Czar” presented the award to Strode. The annual award honors individuals who are making a difference in their communities though their work to reduce drug use and its consequences.
At the award ceremony on March 7, Strode was recognized for his work with The Phoenix, an organization which fosters a safe, supportive and physically active community for individuals who are recovering from alcohol and substance abuse and those who choose to live a sober life. Through events in Boulder, Denver and Colorado Springs, The Phoenix seeks to enhance recovery and improve health by creating social sober networks and eliminating the stigma surrounding addiction. Its programs include working with college students, Veterans and military personnel, and families of those in recovery. Phoenix will be expanding its operations to Southern California later this year.
The ONDCP honors ten individuals and organizations each year that are doing exemplary work to bring the National Drug Control Strategy to life. The federal Strategy embodies a balanced approach that emphasizes community-based drug prevention, integration of drug treatment into the mainstream health care system, innovations in criminal justice systems and international partnerships to disrupt transnational drug trafficking organizations.
Strode commented: “The ONDCP works at every level from international to local communities to address illegal substances and addiction. For me, the Advocate for Action award highlights the importance of community-based nonprofits like The Phoenix that provide access to effective programs where people in recovery live, are stationed and go to college. The honor affirms that Phoenix plays an important part of a national effort to help people grow beyond addiction. We are very proud to be recognized by the ONDCP.”
Since 2006, The Phoenix has provided over 12,000 recovering individuals in Colorado free weekly programming which helps to support them in their recovery journey. Strode continues to advocate all pathways to recovery.
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