With Recovery Month fast approaching, Faces & Voices of Recovery honored leaders of the addiction recovery movement who have made extraordinary contributions across the nation.

The annual America Honors Recovery Awards, recognizing significant contributions to advocacy for people in recovery, were announced during a special ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

One of the most distinguished honors, the 2016 Voice of Recovery Award, was presented to Michael Botticelli, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Botticelli has shared his personal recovery at a very public level while working to change the conversation about addiction in the media and public policy arena.

Director of National Drug Policy, Michael Botticelli

As Director of National Drug Control Policy, Botticelli has advanced historic drug policy reforms and innovations in prevention, criminal justice, treatment, and recovery.

Botticelli has been in long-term recovery from a substance use disorder for more than 27 years. He has encouraged the millions of Americans in recovery to make their voices heard and confront the stigma associated with substance use disorders, which often keeps individuals from seeking and receiving treatment.

Prior to Directing ONDCP, he served as Director of the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where he successfully expanded innovative and nationally recognized prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He also forged strong partnerships with local, state, and Federal law enforcement agencies; state and local health and human service agencies; and stakeholder groups to guide and implement evidence-based programs.

Botticelli has served in a variety of leadership roles for the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors. He was a member of the Advisory Committee for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. He has also co-authored many peer-reviewed articles that have significantly contributed to the field.

Valley Hope is grateful to Director Botticelli for his incredible work on behalf of the recovery community and congratulates him on this important achievement.

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Watch: Michael Botticelli on 60 Minutes