This special award was presented in 2002 to Betty Ford.
Each year, The Christopher D. Smithers Foundation, Inc. acknowledges individuals who exemplify the mission of the Smithers Foundation – those who have publicly shared the message of hope and the promise of help; individuals whose work in the field has had a positive impact in the fight against America’s most misunderstood disease.
This award “For caring and sharing, for dedication to raising public awareness of alcohol use disorder, by courageously speaking out – carrying the message of help, hope and recovery” is presented annually to brave recipients, including these.
The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has honored Mr. Smithers with this award in his memory. It is presented after a scientific lecture at ASAM’s annual conference.
The R. Brinkley Smithers Distinguished Scientist Award and Lecture was established by ASAM in 1995 as a lasting tribute to R. Brinkley Smithers who influenced American alcoholism policy, theory and treatment. Through his dedication and philanthropy, he created a far greater understanding of this treatable disease.
The Award is to recognize and honor an individual who has made highly meritorious contributions in advancing the scientific understanding of alcoholism, its prevention and treatment.
The Award and Lecture is sponsored by The Christopher D. Smithers Foundation.
The Award is presented annually at ASAM’s Opening Plenary Session during its Annual MedicalScientific Conference.
The Christopher D. Smithers Foundation’s “Ambassador of Hope Award” was created in the framework of the traditional Prize awarded by the International Council of Film and Television at UNCESCO (IFTC-UNESCO). This Award is given by the Smithers Foundation to raise awareness about the issues related to alcohol abuse.