WAYZATA, Minn. – John Curtiss, founder and CEO of The Retreat, has been honored with The Venerable Order of Talbot Award at The Recovery Community Network’s 2021 Banquet for Recovery in St. Cloud, Minn.
The Retreat is a Wayzata, Minn.- based continuum of care that provides affordable, effective recovery programs, services and community for men, women and families impacted by alcoholism and drug addiction.
Every year, The Venerable Order of Talbot Award celebrates leaders in the recovery community, honoring those whose commitment, advocacy and innovation make a real difference in the treatment and recovery services field. Curtiss is a longtime leader in supporting those who struggle with substance abuse – in addition to founding The Retreat in 1998, he also spent 20 years in leadership roles at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.
“I’ve had the good fortune of a front-row seat for more than 45 years, and I firmly believe that the Twelve Step-based model of recovery – with an emphasis on community, spirituality and abstinence – is more relevant than ever,” said Curtiss. “Ours is a peer-based model, and it’s truly an honor to be recognized by peers in the recovery community.”
John Donovan, founder of the Recovery Community Network, also is an active volunteer and blogger for The Retreat, and has known and worked with Curtiss for years. “John lives the principles, and there is an attraction to the solution and The Retreat that has opened the door to life in recovery for literally thousands of people,” Donovan said. “John’s commitment to the recovery community helps all of us to be stronger in our own recoveries.”
About The Retreat
The Retreat provides affordable, effective recovery programs and educational services grounded in the Twelve Step principles of Alcoholics Anonymous that help to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities affected by alcohol and drug dependency. These include men’s and women’s residential programs, family programs, evening programs, 55PLUS, and relapse and renewal programs offered at The Retreat locations in Wayzata and St. Paul, Minn. The Retreat also operates six long-term sober living residences in St. Paul.
Recovery Community Network
Recovery Community Network is a nonprofit, grassroots Recovery Community Organization dedicated to mobilizing resources within and outside of the recovery community to increase the prevalence of and access to recovery from substance use disorders. Recovery Community Network is based in St. Cloud, MN.