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Join us on event day as we gather virtually, coast-to-coast, to celebrate our amazing community and our first ever Stronger Than Addiction Virtual Challenge.

September 26th

6:00 PM ET/ 3:00 PM PST

Our virtual celebration will be streaming live on our homepage,

Special Performance by Melissa Etheridge:

Guest Host:

Dr. Nzinga Harrison

Physician, psychiatrist, addiction expert, CMO and Co-Founder of Eleanor Health,

 and host of In Recovery, a podcast produced by Lemonada Media

A well-respected physician and educator, Dr. Harrison is the Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder of Eleanor Health, a value-based provider of compassionate, comprehensive, outpatient addiction treatment. Approachable and energetic, she has been known to explain medical concepts with an ease and humor that results in her audiences developing an understanding of difficult material while having a good time doing it! She has written and presented several articles and workshops on the medical aspects of addiction and other psychiatric disorders and has consulted on the same topics both nationally and internationally. Despite the credentials, she prides herself on being a regular ol’ person who loves regular ol’ people.  She will tell you the most important accomplishment of her life is her husband and two teenage sons. Nzinga (yes, first name basis!) hosts Lemonada Media's In Recovery, where she answers any and all questions listeners may have about addictive or other psychiatric disorders.


Featured Speaker

Gary Mendell, CEO & Founder of Shatterproof

Gary Mendell is the founder and CEO of Shatterproof, a national nonprofit dedicated to reversing the addiction crisis in the United States. After losing his son Brian to addiction in 2011, Gary founded Shatterproof to spare other families the tragedy his family had suffered. Since founding Shatterproof, Mr. Mendell has been recognized as a national leader in the addiction space, working to transform how opioid and substance use disorders are treated. His priorities include advocating for state and federal policy change, ending the harmful stigma of addiction, and supporting and educating our communities. Mr. Mendell has testified in front of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis and his opinions are frequently reflected in the media. He also serves on the Executive Advisory Board of the University of Pennsylvania’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, is a member of the National Quality Forum's Technical Expert Panel for Opioid and Opioid Use Disorder, and is an advisory member of The Opioid Policy Research Collaborative at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Before Shatterproof, Mr. Mendell spent decades as an entrepreneur. He founded HEI Hotels & Resorts, a multi-billion-dollar company that oversees a portfolio of approximately 70 first-class hotels. Mr. Mendell received his B.S. from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and his MBA with distinction from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania