Bradley Smith, coordinator of the Public Health Studies program at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) Extension, has received the Spirit of Recovery award from the Steering Committee of the second annual Recovery Summit, the Los Angeles County Sober Living Coalition, and the Sober Living Network.

“This success has many mothers,” said Smith. “I simply carried LMU’s mission into the community. The real story here is that while the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it. I am deeply honored by this award.”

Smith, in addition to his role in the Public Health Studies division at LMU Extension, is also a certified addiction counselor, a member of the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, certified in reality therapy, and a faculty member of the Los Angeles-based William Glasser Institute.

The Sober Living Coalition, and the Sober Living Network are estimated to serve 15,000 persons in recovery from substance and other addictions each year in Los Angeles County. The Los Angeles County Sober Living Coalition establishes standards of excellence and operates 304 sober living homes around the county, and the Sober Living Network provides training, assistance and scholarships for the endeavor.