Writers In Treatment – Supporting Recovery and the Arts



for her book, High on Arrival

Mackenzie Phillips

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

Catered Reception: 5:30-7:30 pm
Show: 7:30-9:30 pm


Host, Ed Begley, Jr.
With Special Guests, Comedian, Alonzo Bodde
Spoken word by Bob Forrest
Singer, Elizabeth Edwards
Tony Denison
Plus Special Guests TBA

Tickets at www.BrownPaperTickets.com

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Call for Information:
(818) 762-0461

This year’s honoree is actor, singer, author and recovery advocate, Mackenzie Phillips. Best known for her roles in American Graffiti and the sitcom One Day at a Time, and last year’s film, Girl on the Edge. High on Arrival, is her moving and inspiring memoir.

The Experience, Strength and Hope Award honors sober celebrities who’ve written memoirs. Previous recipients include, Christopher Kennedy Lawford; Academy Award winner, Lou Gossett, Jr; astronaut Buzz Aldrin; co-founder of Duran Duran, John Taylor;  acclaimed author, Carrie White; and actor/author Joe Pantoliano. The event is held every year at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

Net proceeds go to the health and wellness REEL Recovery Film Festival and Symposium.



2015 Experience, Strength And Hope Award Post Event

Mackenzie Phillips, Sharon Lawrence, Daniel Baldwin, Dan Fante, Julian Velard, and comedian Mark Lundholm were among the Stars who honored JOE PANTOLIANO as the author received the Experience, Strength And Hope Award from Writers In Treatment on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at the Skirball Cultural Center.

GroupfiveLast year, I was drinking diet Mountain Dew and chain-smoking Marlboro Reds like some Appalachian tweaker on my way to the 5th Annual Experience, Strength and Hope Awards at the Skirball Center. But this time, I was only vaping and drinking yerba mate so I was pretty chuffed with my progress. I’m a writer (read: loner) and sober (read: riddled with social anxiety) so I was equally terrified in spite of having another year of sublime sobriety under my belt. I was glamorously dressed to the nines in all red, but my blue eyes were wide and anxious as I floated around the packed catered reception with a pad in my hand and a pen in my mouth like a waitress at a truck-stop diner.

andydick1There was a step and repeat where people posed for pics and interviews. I spotted Andy Dick chatting away to an interviewer as paparazzi shot photos. I grabbed a BBQ chicken lollipop, surreptitiously took a hit off my vape and looked around for my first victim.

groupfour1This year’s honoree was actor and writer Joe Pantoliano (a.k.a. Joey Pants), best known for his portrayal as Ralph Cifaretto on The Sopranos. Joey is good friends with Robert Picardo and since Robert was busy doing a musical at the Annenberg Center, he brought along Robert’s daughter, Nicky, as his so-called date. Nicky was a pretty young brunette with glasses and an eyebrow piercing who looked as uncomfortable as I felt. She was sitting alone, playing with her phone when I sat down next to her and started to interrogate her….in a friendly way of course.

JoeyPantsJoey came up to the podium and his honesty was staggering. He explains how the trauma of 9/11 “kicked up unresolved emotional dust” that he had buried. He had thought that success would make his pain go away, but once he had surrounded himself with all the “stuff” (wife, money, success, Emmys, whatever) and was still depressed, he turned to alcohol. He’s written two books, Who’s Sorry Now: The True Story of a Stand-Up Guy, and Asylum: Hollywood Tales from My Great Depression: Brain Dis-Ease, Recovery, and Being My Mother’s Son. He is also the founder and president of “No Kidding? Me Too!” – a foundation created to “stomp the stigma of mental illness” with documentaries, personal appearances and events.

danielBaldwin1Actor/director Daniel Baldwin takes the stage to receive the “Audience Favorite Award” for his film, The Wisdom to Know the Difference, described as the “craziest intervention story.” “I’m more proud of this movie than the 125 films I’ve done.” he said.

All-in-all, an inspiring and amusing night, I thought as I grabbed my gift bag and hobbled around the parking lot for 25 minutes looking for my car. Some things never change even when you’re sober. It was wonderful to be around “my people” and I look forward to next year.


The charity event is a celebration of the benefits of clean and sober living and the importance of humor in the recovery process.  All proceeds benefit Writers In Treatment’s Jewelle Sturm Memorial Scholarship Fund.


Watch an interview from the red carpet of the 2014 award show.

Watch the John Talyor interview from the 2013 award show.

Writers In Treatment – Supporting Recovery and the Arts

Writers In Treatment Vision

Many writers’ lives are threatened by the inability to quit alcoholic drinking, serious substance abuse, and process addictions. Too often writers and poets working alone at home, in a publisher’s cubicle, or in cabin retreat succumb to the deadly combination of isolation and addiction. Writers In Treatment helps men and women in the writing industry suffering from alcoholism, drug addiction, and other self-destructive behaviors get treatment for their disease. Read More

Jewelle Sturm Scholarship Fund

Adults over 18 who derive approximately 25% or more of their income from writing. Also women suffering from severe alcohol and drug addiction as part of the Jewelle Sturm Memorial Scholarship Fund. Candidates can be single or married, with or without health insurance. Applicants must commit to residential or outpatient treatment and agree to participate in a relapse prevention program such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, etc. Read More

REEL Recovery Film Festival

Writers In Treatment is proud to present The REEL Recovery Film Festival. This multi-day event is a celebration of film, the arts, writing and creativity. We showcase filmmakers who make honest films about addiction, alcoholism, behavioral disorders, treatment and recovery. Slated for screening is an eclectic lineup of contemporary and classic films, documentaries and shorts from American and international, first-time filmmakers and industry veterans. Read More

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