2018 ESHA Awards HIghlights

Jane Velez-Mitchell
Honored at the 9th Annual
Experience, Strength, and Hope Awards

Feb. 27, 2018 – “The ESHA awards are crucial for the recovery community in that they provide a fun way for addiction experts to come together and celebrate sobriety while, at the same time, trading ideas and strategies about how best to inspire and promote recovery.”

At the 9th Annual Experience, Strength and Hope Awards (ESH Awards), Emmy Award-winning journalist Jane Velez-Mitchell was honored for her work in carrying the message of recovery. Orchestrated by Leonard Buschel of Writers In Treatment, the Experience, Strength and Hope Award is given each year in recognition of a memoir that tells the story of a person’s honest journey from addiction to recovery. Jane Velez-Mitchell was recognized for her New York Times best-selling memoir, iWANT: My Journey from Addiction and Overconsumption to a Simpler, Honest Life.

Read TheFix.com Article HERE

Highlights from the 9th Annual
Experience, Strength & Hope Awards

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DSC_7518This year’s honoree, Jane Velez-Mitchell, with presenter and past recipient, Pat O’Brien

Jane with Leonard Buschel

Host Ed Begley, Jr. with Ahbra Schiff and Leonard Buschel

Actor, Bruce Davison with presenter Joanna Cassidy and host Ed Begley, Jr.
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Jane Velez-Mitchell at the reception with Dufflyn Lammers

Musical performance by Jami Lula

Spoken word performance by Blu Nyle

Tony Denison with Claudia Wells

Todd Zalkins and Mike Meeker receive the RRFF Audience Favorite Award

The evening concluded with comedian, Alonzo Bodden

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Highlights from the
Experience, Strength and Hope Awards – February 2017


Article at TheFix.com – CLICK HERE



The charity event is a celebration of the benefits of clean and sober living and the importance of humor in the recovery process.


Watch an interview from the red carpet of the 2015 award show.

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
Jewelle died from an accidental drug overdose on April 30, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA. She was three weeks  from her 29th birthday. She was a writer in the classic oral tradition of spontaneous prose and poetry. It is in her honor that this Free Referral Service was born. We recommend women to professional and effective rehabilitation programs. This service is made possible by contributions from Jewelle’s friends, family members and the annual Experience, Strength, and Hope Award Event. 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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