Written by: Georgia Godfrey
The director of Texas Tech University’s Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery
this week was announced as an America Honors Recovery Honoree by recovery and prevention
pioneer the Johnson Institute.
Kitty Harris-Wilkes, also co-director of the Center for Prevention and Resiliency,
will be honored at the fourth annual luncheon in September in conjunction with National
Recovery Month. The luncheon will take place Sept. 27 at the National Press Club in
A tradition in the nation’s addiction recovery community, this award honors individuals
who have used their expertise and experiences to enhance the chances of recovery for
those afflicted and affected by alcohol and other drug addiction.
"The Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery is a vital tool in the collegiate
recovery process to aid those students who have struggled with addiction," said Linda
Hoover, dean of the college of human sciences. "Harris-Wilkes’ dedication to students
who are in recovery is an example of lending our hearts and hands to those who have
been affected by addiction."
The Johnson Institute has pioneered intervention, treatment and recovery strategies
for more than 40 years. A key premise of the Johnson Institute’s activities is better
awareness and more appropriate responses to addictive disease, beginning with broad
recognition of the recovery process.
The Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery provides a nurturing, affirming
environment in which students recovering from addictive disorders can successfully
pursue academic, personal, and professional goals. As part of the College of Human
Sciences, the Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery strives to enhance students’
quality of life and helps them to become productive members of society.
During its 20-year history, the Center has helped more than 500 students further their
education and career goals. Harris-Wilkes and her staff currently serve 80 students
who are in recovery. Her work with these adolescents and young adults has lead to
her innovative programs being actively developed as models for other collegiate environments
around the country.
CONTACT: Georgia Godfrey, coordinator for college development and external relations,
College of Human Sciences, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-3263, or firstname.lastname@example.org.