The award, recognizes individuals who dedicate their work and lives to helping people with addictions to drugs and alcohol.
The award is named after Nathaniel Hakim Askia, a man who recovered from heroin addiction in the 1960s and subsequently founded the FIRST Academy, a therapeutic community for recovering addicts in Roxbury, MA. Askia was among the first people to address addictions as a community-based issue. Addiction treatment advocates and treatment providers in particular are traditionally cloaked in anonymity.
Dr. Kishore created the Nathaniel Hakim Askia Award in 2002 as a way to acknowledge the unspoken heroes who often go unrecognized.
2003 –David H. Mulligan