Elizabeth Kabler, Christopher Kennedy Lawford, Judy Collins and Maurice DuBois Celebrate New York Center for Living and Inspire Hope for Adolescents, Young Adults and Families

May 16, 2014, 15:10 ET from New York Center for Living

NEW YORK, May 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The New York Center for Living (NYCFL) 3rd Annual Gala was held on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Espace in New York City. Gathering more than two hundred and fifty donors and supporters, the event celebrated the Center's tremendous success in turning around the lives of young people that suffer from addiction and co-occurring disorders, exemplifying its commitment to provide the most effective treatment for chemically dependent youth.

Christopher Kennedy Lawford, nephew of President Kennedy, author of three New York Times bestselling books and activist that has been sober for 28 years was the keynote speaker. Award-winning Judy Collins, with her own 23 years of sobriety, performed some of her best known ballads. Maurice DuBois, anchorman for CBS 2 News, served as Master of Ceremonies.

The New York Center for Living (NYCFL), is a non-profit 501(c)3, treatment center. Uniquely, it is the only 823 & 824 licensed facility in New York City of the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services exclusively committed to the treatment of both substance abuse disorders and dual diagnosis disorders in adolescents and young adults. 

Marianne Chai, MD, Medical Director of New York Center for Living says, "When a young person develops substance use problems, co-morbidity is the rule rather than exception. In other words, substance use problems in young people co-occur with at least one psychiatric problem such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar, eating disorders, cutting and others that complicate recovery. Both the substance use disorder and the co-existing disorder must be treated to effectively help a young person in recovery." 

Located in Manhattan, New York Center for Living is an abstinence-based outpatient recovery center and believes strongly that addiction is a disease of the family and focuses on treating families and not just the young person. The Center emphasizes the importance of addressing problems as soon as they come to light to help families become healthy and productive again.

The Center provides specialized holistic treatment and addresses addiction on all fronts including—psychiatry, psychology, social work, substance abuse, nutrition, academia and the wellness sciences like yoga and art therapy—to help young people change their addictive and other self-defeating behaviors and successfully negotiate the transition from adolescence to adulthood. 

For more information on the New York Center for Living please visit www.centerforliving.org or call 212-712-8800.

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