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"In My Own Words ..."
Essay Contest

We benefit from the experience of others, and these personal journeys reflect the resiliency, adaptability, and commitment needed in our profession today.
-- Dr. H. Westley Clark
Director of SAMHSA/CSAT*

To encourage those who may be thinking about a profession in the addictions treatment and recovery services field and spotlight the vital role a qualified team of professionals plays in the recovery of millions of individuals,  the ATTC National Office created the "In My Own Words ..." Essay Contest.

Contest winners were selected from a rich pool of 89 essays received between September 1, 2008 and October 1, 2008.   An Expert Review Panel reviewed the submissions and based on specific criteria, selected those they deemed to be:

First Place Recipient - Jennifer Leclair of Springfield, MA;
Second Place Recipient - Amina Porter of Atlanta, GA; and
Third Place Recipient - Bob O’Dowd of Hot Springs, AR. 

The contest was held in September in recognition of Recovery Month 2008.

To view these very moving, deeply personal stories, along with 17 additional submissions receiving honorable mention, click on:
In My Own Words ...

In addition to downloading a free copy, you may order a hard-copy by contacting the ATTC National office at or 816-235-6984.

Expert Review Panel
Thomas Durham, PH.D., Director
Central East ATTC

Joe Powell, LCDC, CAS, Executive Director, Assoc. of Persons Affected by Addiction
Becky Vaughn, Executive Director, State Associations of Addiction Services (SAAS)

Press release: December 8, 2008

* Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)
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