Phoenix House honored Joe Takamine, a Santa Monica-based physician and addiction specialist, during a luncheon at Le Merigot Beach Hotel and Spa in Santa Monica Thursday, January 25th.

Takamine was recognized for his dedication to the field of substance abuse treatment as well as professional achievement and ongoing commitment to the Phoenix House location in Venice. Phoenix House is a substance abuse treatment and prevention organization.

“Joe Takamine is one-of-a-kind,” said Phoenix Houses of California executive director Winnie Wechsler. “His deep commitment to helping those in need, as demonstrated by his more than 20 years of weekly medical care to the residents in our Venice program, is truly extraordinary.”

Takamine has been a physician since 1953 and has served as a medical director at various California hospitals in addition to his private practice and hospital staff appointments.

He was certified in 1990 by the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

He has served on the boards of various organizations and was past chairman of the American Medical Association Task Force on Alcoholism and a member of the American Medical Association Task Force on Drugs.

In addition to being honored by Phoenix House, he has been recognized for his service to the community by the National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependency and has been a recipient of the National Drug Abuse Medicine Award.

Flora Gil Krisiloff, senior field deputy for County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, presented a plaque of recognition from the County of Los Angeles and expressed appreciation for his lifelong service to the community.

Phoenix House Los Angeles, located on the beach in Venice, helps men and women and their families overcome the problems associated with substance abuse and empowers them with the skills to lead healthy, productive and rewarding lives, according to a Phoenix House spokesman.

Located at 503 Ocean Front Walk, Phoenix House has enjoyed the support of the local community for more than 21 years.

In an effort to give back to the community, residents regularly assist other community organizations and neighbors with food drives, tree planting, neighborhood cleanup projects and local events, the spokesman says.

For information about Phoenix House and getting involved, call Stephanie Horsley at (818) 686-3028.