Addiction Is A Family Affair And The Family Member You Save Maybe Your Own!

By John Giordano, DHL, MAC

Addiction Is A Family Affair

Motivation comes in many forms. For me, it was the pain of watching my son deal with addiction. He over-dosed twice before he was old enough to drive and then tried to hang himself. Watching a son try to end his life is enough to break any father. But instead, I used the pain as incentive to start the not-for-profit Holistic Counseling Services Inc. (HCSI) to help raise funding for insolvent local teens and adults who are fighting addiction while bringing together the most notable authorities in addiction from around the world to help develop cutting edge evidenced-based therapies to improve outcomes.

On Saturday, April 20th, beginning at 6:30 pm I’ll be hosting the HCSI 2nd Annual Gift of Life Gala along with George Hamilton, the honorary gala chair. Alana Stewart, Richie Supa (Aerosmith), Marvin Jones (New York Jets), Vivica Fox (Independence Day, Kill Bill), Cory Hardrict (Gran Torino, Warm Bodies), and an array of other celebrities have joined together to help us raise awareness and funding for insolvent local teens and adults who are fighting addiction. The gala, including a silent auction, is open to the public and will be held at the Vizcaya Museum in Miami, Florida. Benefits from the event will go towards treatment for financially strapped teens and adults suffering from addiction through the HCSI. ORG. The campaign goal is to raise over $2.0 million. Please join us in helping save precious lives.

Holistic Counseling Services Inc. (HCSI) – Where Science Meets Addiction – is  a Miami based non-profit created to provide support and funding to financially strapped teens and adults in dire need of addiction treatment while educating the public to addiction prevention. Through your generous donations we’ve been able to exceed our goals. Last year we were able to provide ten individuals with the treatment they so desperately needed. As of our last follow-up, all of these people are clean and sober. It’s quite a testament to HCSI’s efforts and the quality treatment they received. Our local outreach has significantly improved by partnering with synergistic groups and organizations, such as Rockers In Recovery, ITC Tennis and the police department. In doing so were able to reach previously unattainable by us. Through our national and international outreach, we were able to share new cutting edge evidenced-based and scientifically-proven modalities through keynote speaker ships at six national addiction treatment conventions last year. In March we were represented at the 1st International Conference on Behavioral Addictions with a keynote speakership. Your generous donations are saving lives and making a difference in the awareness, prevention and treatment of addiction.

Because of your generosity, we’ve recruited the most notable authorities in addiction from around the world to help develop cutting-edge evidenced based therapies to improve outcomes including our chief science officer, world renowned geneticist Dr. Kenneth Blum, discoverer of the addiction/alcohol gene. Well known and respected researcher Dr. Steven Schoenthaler – 1991 Nomination for Nobel Laureate – expertise in nutrition; Dr. Paul Harch, author of ‘The Oxygen Revolution’ who has testified before congress on the efficacy of oxygen as a medicine are just a few of the many distinguished contributors to HSCI. Together we are changing the way treatment is done.

2nd Annual “Gift of Life” Gala
Saturday, April 20th 6:30 pm – 12 Mid,
Vizcaya Museum • 3251 S Miami Ave • Miami, Florida

Tickets start at $150.00/person and are available in advance on our website and on the day of the event at the door. Zazz Events will be spinning all the popular music in sync with the Liquid Laser Light show. There will be a salute to several “trailblazers” – – committed individuals who have helped the foundation expand its work in the community. “Each donor will play a significant role in the creation of a scholarship in their name, and are therefore shareholders in our achievement” says Master of Ceremonies, John Giordano. A silent & live auction will be conducted with novel items such as:

• Eric Clapton Signed Guitar
• Rolling Stones Signed Guitar
• Bruce Springsteen Signed Guitar
• 2013 American Music Award Tickets
• 2013 Emmy Tickets
• 2013 Kentucky Derby Tickets
• 2013 LA Film Festival Tickets
• Dubai Dream Car Experience
• 2013 Las Vegas Kobalt Race Tickets
• Tuscany Adventure (Private Farmhouse)
• Sommelier Wine & Cheese (Napa w/3 night stay at Fairmont Hotel & Airfare for 2)
• Luxury Vietnam Six Senses Yoga Retreat Package
• Bonefish Fly-fishing in the Bahamas
• US Open Golf Premium Trophy Club Package at Merion Golf Club
• Fighter Pilot for a Day for 1- with Airfare and a 4 Nights Hotel Stay at Participating Hyatt Hotels for (2)
• Signed Dan Marino Miami Dolphins Helmet & Jersey
• Jewelry, Sport Memorabilia and much more.

For more information on the 2nd Annual Gift of Life Gala please contact:
Michael Bruscino Jr., Assistant Director of HCSI
Cell: 516.236.0152 • Office: 888.755.HCSI (4274)
Site: • Email: hope@

John Giordano PhD. DHL, MAC is a counselor, President and Co-Founder of G & G Holistic Addiction Treatment Center in North Miami Beach and Chaplain of the North Miami Police Department. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call John directly at 305-945-8384. Also for the latest development in cutting-edge treatment check out his website: