Past recipients include Louis Gossett Jr., Ed Begley, and Buzz Aldrin. This year’s recipient was John Taylor, of the rock band, Duran Duran. Robert Downey Jr. presented the award, and Bobcat Gouldthwait knocked it out of the park with a blisteringly funny standup performance. Leonard Buschel, founder and creator of Reel Recovery Film Festival, Writers in Treatment, and the Experience, Strength and Hope Awards, graciously gave Marti permission to hand out complimentary signed copies of Never Give in to Fear to selected attendees who expressed interest in reading it. Marti’s purpose in writing her bestselling memoir is to encourage, inspire, and entertain readers while vivdly describing the consequences of addiction and the very real possibility of recovery, even for the seemingly hopeless cases (and Marti was one). With 17 years of continuous recovery, coupled with education and training in addiction treatment, Marti MacGibbon is a powerful and effective speaker on alcohol and drug awareness, and her presentations are humorous as well as informative and content-rich. To book her for a presentation or book signing at your facility, sober living, or group, contact Marti through this website, martimacgibbon.com, or call 310 210 4674.