2015 Peter Sweisgood Breakfast

“Celebration of Togetherness and Triumph” Featured Key Note Speaker, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone at the 26th Annual Peter Sweisgood Breakfast

On Sunday, November 8, 2015, Long Island’s educators, treatment professionals, and community members gathered in recognition of substance abuse recovery at the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence‘s 26th Annual Peter Sweisgood Breakfast. This family-focused community event was held at the IBEW Local 25 Hall in Hauppauge, NY and featured powerful stories of personal struggles with addiction, as well as highlighting the efforts of addiction service providers and advocates for changes to policies affecting those suffering from substance abuse disorders.

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) honored two individuals whose outstanding accomplishments have shaped public policy, expanded public awareness, enhanced treatment options, and help many individuals address growing drug and alcohol problems. The honorees include Community Champion Bruce W. Both, President, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500 and Fisher of Men honoree, Anthony Rizzuto, Provider Relations, Seafield Center and Executive Director of F.I.S.T.

LICADD Executive Director Steve Chassman, LCSW, CASAC (Email) summed up the event, “Each year, this gathering is an important opportunity for the Long Island recovery community to reflect on both our victories and challenges of the past year, as well as to rally around the crucial issues for the coming year. We have made great strides in 2015 on behalf of Long Islanders struggling with addiction, but there is much left to accomplish.”

Families are dealing with the devastating effects of untreated addiction across Long Island and every day the region loses at least one person to fatal overdose. However, it remains uncommon for health plans to cover comprehensive addiction treatment, while unnecessary bureaucratic barriers often stand between someone receiving the help they need and remaining trapped in an overwhelming — and completely treatable — disease cycle.

In addition, the event’s Recovery Speaker, discussed her own inspiring journey into and back out of the depths of addiction. Her story underlined the extremely treatable nature of addiction as a disease and offered hope to those who battle this illness or have a family member struggling with it.

This community event was made possible by the generous support of our Sunrise Sponsor: UFCW 1500; Serenity Sponsors: Seafield Center and Sprout Health Group; Breakfast Angel Sponsors: Bridge Back to Life, Long Island Center for Recovery, Water’s Edge Recovery, Southampton Hospital, True Recovery Treatment Center, CWA Local 1104, Flushing Bank and the Kenneth Peters Center for Recovery.