The Council on Recovery prides themselves on providing straightforward solutions to individuals and their families that are being affected by alcoholism, drug addiction, and the mental health disorders that coincide with those afflictions. Since 1946, The Council on Recovery has been providing support to the Greater Houston community through a range of outpatient recovery services to both individuals and families, and are proud to say they turn no one away, no matter what their financial situation is. This is why the Waggoners Foundation Speaker Series is so critical to the continuation of this outstanding public resource.
On Friday, April 12, 2019, The Wayne Duddlesten Foundation presented the Annual Fall Luncheon with celebrity guest speaker, acclaimed actor/director/writer and 80's film icon, Andrew McCarthy.
Being a movie hearthrob during a time when drugs and alcohol ruled Hollywood, Andrew McCarthy has been there and seen most of it. His easy going and jovial charisma made it easy to fall into his stories of his youth and what led him to alcohol, which was always his main drug of choice. He spoke of his experiences with mostly alcohol, but also how Zanex and other drugs seemed to sneak in as his career and fame grew. Sobriety for Andrew, as it also is for most people, did not come easy, and he told of his yo-yo trips in and out of detox and rehab, until he finally grasped onto the sobriety he holds firmly today.
For 35 years, the Spring Luncheon has been a beacon of hope in the Houston recovery community. It allows for all of those that have been affected by addiction in so many ways, to be able to give back to those who need help to start, or maintain their recovery. The Spring and Fall Luncheons consistently attract more than 1,000 attendees and help to raise a combined total of close to one million dollars each year to directly fund many of The Council's programs that help so many Houston individuals and families struggling with the effects of addictions.
As The Council says, You know someone who needs us, and the truth of that statement is what makes the efforts of these luncheons so much more important to make sure they never have to turn anyone away.