Dec. 18, 2013 — Carter County Attorney Patrick Flannery was named Public Official of the Year when Addiction Recovery Care recognized its 2013 Heroes in Recovery at a dinner held Friday in Paintsville.
The awards were presented to 10 local leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to recovery for those ensnared by drug or alcohol addiction.
This is the third consecutive year that Flannery has been recognized by the group.
His support of faith-based rehabilitation groups, like Lifeline, is what led to each of the awards.
“Research shows that there is a better success rate with faith-based rehabilitation,” Flannery said. “We try to encourage families with family members who may have addiction problems, who may not even be in the court system, to go this route to get help. Addiction is a tough thing and I think it is a foolish approach to leave out the spiritual side.”
After the awards presentation, guests at the recognition dinner were treated to performances by the choirs at Addiction Recovery Care's three residential centers - Beth's Blessing, Karen's Place and Belle Grove Springs.
Also honored were:
Circuit Judge John David Preston, Judge of the Year; Martin County Attorney Kennis Maynard, Prosecutor of the Year; Bellefonte Behavioral Health Center, Organization of the Year; Clara Elkins on behalf of the United Methodist Church Women of Prestonsburg, Ministry of the Year; Carla Copley, Karen's Place outreach and activities director, Overcomer of the Year; Vanessa Keeton, Addiction Recovery Care program development administrator, Leader of the Year; Bonnie Huffman, volunteer at Karen's Place, President's Award; Jay Knoblett, founder of Arlington Scott, Founders' Award; Tim Houck, president of Community Trust Bank in Richmond, Father Beiting Award.