William Hairston

William HairstonTitle: Head Counselor (Retired)

Company: United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Location: Leeds, MA

Leeds, Massachusetts | December 6, 2010 | William R. Hairston, NCAC2, retired Head Counselor for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, has been recognized by Elite American Executives for demonstrating dedication, leadership , and excellence in addiction counseling.

As an expert in addiction therapy Mr. Hairston treated addiction patients, supervised counselors, and coordinated outreach programs. Mr. Hairston, a former addict himself, celebrated 39 years of sobriety in 2010. With both his personal experience and professional experience in the struggles of dealing with addition, Mr. Hairston ensured that each patient received his dedication and commitment to their individual recovery. He enjoys the opportunity to make a positive impact on people’s lives and has committed his life and career to ensuring others have the opportunity to celebrate their sobriety as he has.

Mr. Hairston is a positive light in a profession that sees such darkness. Attributing his success over the years to his honesty and conviction, Mr. Hairston still remains committed to improving the lives of others. He often speaks publicly of his experiences and strives to evoke strength and positivity in those who listen. For his dedication and success in his profession, Mr. Hairston has received many honors, including the highlight of his career, having the Hairston House in Northampton, MA named after him.

Mr. Hairston is a Deacon at his local college church and volunteers his time at Jesse’s House, a local shelter for homeless families. He retains affiliations with the Local Men’s Group, Massachusetts Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, Inc., and the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors. Mr. Hairston received the Man of the Year Award for 2007-2008, Employee of the Year Award in 2005, Hands and Heart Award, Counselor of the Year Award from the Massachusetts Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, Inc., Award for Outstanding Service in the Field of Addiction from GEICO, Professionals of the Year Award, Outstanding Employee Award for Work in the Field from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Employee of the Year Award, Certificate of Appreciation, and 20-Time Recipient of National Awards.

For more information on Mr. Hairston and his inspiring work, please visit his personal website at http://www.williamhairston.com.

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