The 6th Annual Experience, Strength and Hope Award by the non-profit Writers in Treatment was given to Joe Pantoliano, a writer and actor most notable for his role on The Sopranos. His 2012 book, Asylum, details his struggles with depression and drug abuse despite Hollywood success.
The Experience, Strength and Hope Award is given in recognition of an individual’s honest memoir including their journey though addiction to recovery, and their dedication and enthusiasm for carrying that message to society at large. In years past the event honored Duran Duran bassist John Taylor and Hollywoodhair stylist Carrie White.
Joe Pantoliano with McKenzie Phillips. Photo by Nina Nava.
This year’s event included a performance by comedian Mark Lundholm, appearances by Mackenzie Phillips (GIRL ON THE EDGE), Sharon Lawrence (TNT’s “Rizzolli & Isles), special spoken word performance by poet/novelist Dan Fante, and other celebrities.
Writers in Treatment also produces the national multi-city REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium.