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Local couple lauded for efforts with addiction-recovery group

Edd, Anita Nolen saluted by National Capital Treatment & Recovery
Anita and Edd Nolan (center) are flanked by National Capital Treatment and Recovery board chair Mark Hawkins and development-committee chair Tracy Hitt Millar during the organization’s 2024 “Evening of Insight & Inspiration.”

National Capital Treatment & Recovery board member Edd Nolan and his wife Anita were presented with the organization’s Community Inspiration Award during a gala dinner held May 9 at Washington Golf & Country Club.

Nearly 200 were on hand for “An Evening of Insight & Inspiration,” saluting 62 years of service of the substance-abuse-disorder-treatment organization.

“Our goal has always been to provide our patients with what they need to successfully navigate their journey to recovery,” said Debby Taylor, the organization’s president/CEO, “and this has required us to consistently and immediately adapt our services to deal with the newest and most toxic substances and the changing demographics of those most severely affected.”

Proceeds from the event benefit the organization’s Patient Assistance Fund and Young Adult Treatment Fund, which provide financial assistance to individuals who are unable to pay. In addition, a portion of the proceeds will support the Recovery Rewards Fund, created to reinforce and incentivize positive patient recovery behaviors.

National Capital Treatment & Recovery Alumni of the Year SamPeterson was the featured speaker. He recounted his attempts at substance-use-disorder treatment and eventual success with National Capital Treatment & Recovery’s Phoenix Program men’s residential program and all levels of outpatient treatment and medication-assisted treatment.

Over the past 61 years, the organization (also known at various times as Vanguard Services Unlimited and Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic) has treated more than 60,000 individuals. Last year, the organization received over 19,000 calls from people seeking help, and the organization served more than 2,000 individuals in residential and outpatient programs to overcome their substance misuse, rejoin their families and lead productive, fulfilling lives.

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