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11 a.m. Wed., Sept. 1 News Conference: 4-Star Gen. McCaffrey, NC Veterans Director, Congress, Miss North Carolina, CRC Health CEO, Law Enforcement; 2520 Troy Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401, Wilmington Treatment Center, To Honor Recovering Military

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 General News J E 4
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WILMINGTON, N.C., Aug. 30 Four-Star General Barry McCaffrey, former National Drug Policy Director, CRC Health Group CEO Dr. Barry Karlin, who heads the nation's largest behavioral and addiction services provider, Charles Smith--North Carolina State Veterans Affairs Director, U.S. Cong. Mike McIntyre, and Miss North Carolina--Adrienne Leigh Core, are among VIP's leading a news conference honoring recovering servicemen and women. The event is Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at 11 A.M. at Wilmington Treatment Center, 2520 Troy Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

The event, titled "Recovery Takes Flight," launches National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, supported by the U.S. Department of HHS.

Wilmington Treatment Center has been selected as the nationwide headquarters for the event by CRC and, in conjunction with over 100 other addiction treatment facilities, will be releasing biodegradable balloons for those in recovery and the many treatment professionals.

The special press conference prior to the balloon liftoff will focus on mental health and addiction issues of many of our active duty and returning service men and women. With service suicides and addiction reaching higher levels, Wilmington Treatment Center is proud to have assisted 2,500 men and women in service and post-service over the past seven years, as well as their families, among thousands of successful alumni from all fields.

Gen. McCaffrey stated, "The event will honor servicemen and women and the treatment experts who do everything possible to assure them ongoing productive lives. Wilmington is a national model facility. It draws from 30 military bases."

Dr. Karlin said, "We selected Wilmington Treatment Center because the facility is a leader in the effective treatment of mental health and substance abuse of men and women in service and afterward, as well as for the population as a whole. North Carolina has 646,000 people who need but do not receive treatment; nationally there is a treatment gap of 20 million."

The event will also celebrate the opening of the Charles S. Sharp Clinical Building with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The media and public are invited free of charge including a luncheon.

Contact: Bob Weiner/Gavriel Swerling 301-283-0821/202-306-1200

SOURCE Robert Weiner Associates
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