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Mr. Phillip A. Valentine

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Executive Director

Phone: (860) ***-****  
198 Wethersfield Avenue
Hartford , Connecticut 06114
United States

Company Description: Since 1998 the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) has organized the recovery community (people in recovery, family members, friends and allies) to...   more

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The Long Road: Top Tips for Recovery - [cached]
PHILLIP VALENTINE (director of Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery): Treatment centers are geared to initiate recovery and they do a great job.
PHILLIP: Some of the biggest hurdles people face include: 1) Returning to a living situation where people are still using.
Phillip Valentine is an accomplished speaker and presenter. He is the Executive Director of Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR).
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Phil "Right Click" Valentine, Executive Director of the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) hiked the 2,189 mile Appalachian Trail raising more than $20,000 to support recovery from alcohol and other addiction.
Phil "Right Click" Valentine on Mount Katahdin
Phil Valentine, 55 yeas old, in recovery from alcohol and cocaine addiction since 1987 and a CCAR employee for the last 17 years was known as "Right Click" on the Appalachian Trail because of his clicking right knee. Valentine started his trek exactly 5 years from the day he received a stage 4 cancer diagnosis. While recovering from an aggressive and successful chemotherapy and radiation treatment regimen, Valentine sensed a call to hike the Appalachian Trail, a feat that ultimately would take 189 days to achieve.
Two years prior to his start, the CCAR Board of Directors had the unusual yet inspired foresight to fully support the walk. Valentine has earned an international reputation as a leader in the new recovery advocacy movement. A plan was launched for Valentine to use this adventure to "put a face on recovery", one of the movement's central themes. He raised funds for the organization, generating more than $20,000. Valentine framed it this way, "I believe people in recovery from alcohol and other addiction go on and do extraordinary things.
Valentine endured snow, sleet, rain, lightning, wind and high summer heat. He saw his share of wildlife and sighted 15 different bears and 4 moose; there's a photo on Instagram of Valentine, a mother bear and 2 cubs with a caption of "The elusive 3-bear selfie!"
I heard Valentine speak at a recent event. A gifted public speaker, Valentine artfully recalled many adventures. From miraculous healing to treacherous traverses, he endured the physical toll on his body that included weight loss of 56 pounds, aching muscles, throbbing joints, rashes, blisters, sprains and scrapes. He highlighted the talk with marvelous photographs that emphasized the sheer beauty of the Appalachian Trail. Valentine had the support of his family. His wife Sandy provided trail magic along the way. His 18-year-old daughter Samantha hiked 280 miles in Virginia with him and earned the trail name "Tough Love". Matthew "Riptide" Valentine (age 13) did more than 100 miles with him in Vermont. Valentine also talked about the emotional and mental stress of living on the trail for 6 months.
All I felt was relief; I finally got to go home", Valentine said from the comfort of his home.
Valentine is currently working on a book about his adventure. In the meantime he speaks about the journey whenever he can.
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Phillip Valentine is the Executive Director for the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR). He has been an integral component in this Recovery Community Organization since January 1999. An accomplished speaker and presenter, he has gained recognition as a strong leader in the recovery community; in 2006 the Johnson Institute recognized his efforts with an America Honors Recovery award. In 2008, Faces and Voices of Recovery recognized CCAR with the first Joel Hernandez Voice of the Recovery Community Award as the outstanding recovery community organization in the country. In 2009, the Hartford Business Journal named him the Non-profit Executive of the Year. Currently, he is spearheading CCAR's effort to build a statewide network of Recovery Community Centers that feature innovative peer recovery support services like Telephone Recovery Support, All-Recovery Groups and Recovery Works! Employment Services. Mr. Valentine has been instrumental in the development of CCAR's highly-acclaimed videos "Putting a Face on Recovery!", "The Healing Power of Recovery" and "Legacy of Hope: Recovery Elders Video Project" all produced by Jim Mattingly of Rapid Exposure, LLC,.
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One man from Connecticut named Phil Valentine has made huge strides trying to move toward change. Valentine is in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, not to mention the little detail that he also BEAT CANCER, and has decided to use his story and one of his passions to inspire others in the same struggles. Recently Phil Valentine decided to hike 2,200 miles through the Appalachian Trail to raise awareness about both drug and alcohol addiction and cancer, and now we are sharing some of that journey with you.
Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery
Valentine is the executive director of the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery(CCAR), an organization that strives for organizing the recovery community, including people in recovery, family members, friends and allies to achieve goals for those struggling with drugs and alcohol.
Valentine himself has been sober for 27 years, and for this massive feat he started off the trip on March 19, actually 5 years to the day after he was diagnosed with stage four tongue cancer. Valentine says now that the concept for this hike initially came to him in a dream, stating:
At the time of a recent interview it was noted that over the course of 5 months Valentine had walked 1747.1 miles, and he was already amazed at what had been accomplished. Since starting out the trip seems to have done some serious good for Valentine's health too. He has actually lost 50 pounds through the process, and no longer needs blood pressure or cholesterol medications.
The Journey of Recovery
This journey has been about a lot for Valentine, and has ultimately tested him in more ways than one, but he has built an amazing life for himself after kicking his addictions to cocaine and alcohol 27 years ago, including getting married, and had 5 kids, and overcoming his cancer.
There are all types of awesome stories like Valentine's that are based on individuals or groups rallying together to overcome challenges in an attempt to raise awareness toward issues with addiction, and Valentine isn't the only one taking a few extra steps. Others have organized walks, marches and athletic events to focus on recovery from addiction.
The CCAR organization actually hosts an annual walk which in the past has boasted over 1,000 attendees and featured guest speakers. This walk may not me the estimated 5,000,000 steps Phil Valentine is suggested to be making in his hike, but it is still an interesting way the group plans to take action and give back.
To follow the last leg of Valentine's journey, you can keep track as he posts updates via photos and videos on social media.
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That's the message from the executive director of the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery, Phil Valentine. Valentine has been hiking the Appalachian Trail since February to help "put a face" on recovery, and he doesn't shy away from climbing boulders, dodging snakes or sleeping in tents.
Phil Valentine Valentine was addicted to cocaine and alcohol since the late 80s, but is now clean and has been involved with the CCAR for 16 years.
Valentine took his first step on his hike of the Appalachian Trail on March 19, the fifth anniversary of the day he was diagnosed with stage 4 tongue cancer. "Part of this is a spiritual quest," Valentine said of his journey, which was inspired by both his recovery from additions and his being in remission from cancer.
The trek began on Springer Mountain in Georgia, and he plans to finish u in Katahdin Maine in late September. In all, he's set to hit 14 states along his 2,180-mile hike.
On Monday, Valentine was visiting his Hartford office just for a day because he arrived in Kent on Saturday -- 1,467 miles into his 2,200 mile walking trip. "The toughest part is being away from my wife and kids," the father of five said. Valentine added, "I didn't know how hard it would be until I got out there but the rewards are phenomenal."
There was a rousing lunchtime reception for Valentine from his staff at the CCAR offices on Wethersfield Avenue in Hartford on Monday.
Phil Valentine
Valentine is set to return to the Appalachian Trail on Tuesday morning, and he has 700 miles left to complete.
"You can go into recovery and do extraordinary things," he said.
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