National Library of Addictions Presents 2009 Jones Family Award to Ashley West
Mother of deceased addict takes part in ceremony for “Ambassador of the Year”
Jan Jones lost her son, Jesse, in 2005 to a drug overdose, and now is heavily involved with the National Library of Addictions, working closely with NLA Founder and Addiction Specialist Dr. Punyamurtula S. Kishore in the fight against substance abuse. Jan dedicates her time and money to making sure other teens do not fall into the same trap Jesse did in succumbing to his addiction. In memory of Jesse, Jan and the National Library of Addictions established the Jones Family Award four years ago.
The 2009 Jones Family Award honoree, Ashley West, is a recovering heroin addict and this month marks her two year anniversary with sobriety. During this time, West has sought the advice and treatment from Dr. Kishore and the NLA, through the encouragement of her mother, after unsuccessful experiences at various detox and outpatient programs.
West has made tremendous gains in her road to sobriety with the help of the NLA. She is both a current NLA employee and Ambassador where she performs daily administrative duties and leads support groups, such as the NLA’s Mother Power Organization, as part of her Ambassador duties.
"Young people are the future of the world, but are at the greatest risk," said NLA Founder Dr. Kishore. "We hope that individuals like Ashley West can successfully build upon their own life experiences to help educate others, so that we can avoid tragic deaths like that of Jesse Jones."
West is in her senior year at Suffolk University working toward a BSBA in Business Management in which she seeks to continue her work at the NLA upon her graduation.
About the National Library of Addictions
Founded in 1993 by Dr. Kishore, the Brookline-based National Library of Addictions is a not-for-profit, intellectual gathering place for health care professionals and community members who are working to overcome the effects of addictions. The Library serves as a research facility, continuing medical education institute, and gathering place for professionals to exchange ideas and develop treatment methodologies.