The Austin Recovery Speaker Series is an annual fundraising luncheon speaker series that began in the fall of 2011 with guest speaker Rob Lowe, taking place at Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater. Each gathering features a nationally acclaimed artist, entertainer, or speaker who shares his or her story of recovery. The goal of the series is to break the silence and stigma placed on addiction, while raising essential funds in support of Austin Recovery’s commitment to provide high-quality services to all in need.

This year's event took place on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 and featured Grammy-winning songstress Natalie Cole as the keynote speaker. Event Chairs were Val Armstrong and Mary G. Yancy.

Many of us know the glamorous surface of Natalie’s story: daughter of legendary entertainer Nat King Cole, Natalie lived what appeared to be a charmed life. At age 25, she became the first black singer to win a “Best New Artist” Grammy. Natalie’s career highlights also included eight more Grammies, hits that reached the top of the Billboard chart, film roles, and authorship. Yet there is so much more to Natalie’s story than the storybook image of her public persona. Her personal journey includes her harrowing battle with substance abuse alongside the loss of loved ones and relationships. At our event on April 15, Natalie graciously shared her inspiring story of self-renewal through recovery.

Proceeds from this event support Austin Recovery, helping to continue saving lives, families, and futures of those touched by addiction. Since 1967 Austin Recovery has provided effective and compassionate drug and alcohol treatment through our detox services, residential treatment, and our innovative Family House program. Later this spring Austin Recovery will open The Center for Recovering Families-Austin, a unique, “small by design,” outpatient treatment program for individuals and families who battle addiction, alcoholism, and other mental health issues.

Click here to read the event press release, and see photos of the event.