Spirit of RecoveryThursday Dec. 8, 2016 will always hold a most special and memorable place in my heart as that is when I was invited to join the past thought leaders who were previous recipients of The Joseph L Galletta Spirt of Recovery Award given by Hemet Valley and Sage Recovery in the beautiful Mission Inn. For those of you who do not know, Dr. Galletta was a pioneer in the addiction field. He was one of the first physicians to become certified in the new field of Addiction Medicine in 1983 and his life’s work was dedicated to teaching and serving others.

With the Galletta family, past honorees, my family , friends and distinguished colleagues present, I felt honored and humbled. I pledge to uphold the high ethical standards put forth by this honor, as well as the dedicated compassion to helping others as they engage in their courageous journey of recovery.

Again, Thank you to The Galletta Family, Steve Collier CEO, Ester Montanez, Deb Keltz  and the Hemet Valley and Sage Recovery  Family, Past honorees Ed Spatola, Ed Storti, Jerry Moe, Jerry Mcdonald, Nancy Waite O’Brien, Sister Ada Gerahty and all of you who came and those who sent well wishes. You enrich my soul.