Marilyn White founded Realization Center over 30 years ago to fulfill her dream of helping the underserved population struggling with addiction. In the 1980’s these individuals included the gay and lesbian population. Many who were diagnosis HIV positive and unable to access treatment without stigma and shame. Over time the center grew to include two outpatient locations in Gramercy Park, New York City and downtown Brooklyn. Today Realization Center’s multi-disciplinary staff compassionately treats individuals who struggle with addiction, chronic relapse, adolescent, young adult and mature population focused issues, and the dually diagnosed.

Marilyn opened the doors of Realization Center with dedication, compassion and commitment. She has worked with thousands of addicts and hundreds of addiction clinicians, MDs, residents, interns and social workers in her 40 years in the field. She has devoted her time, passion and most of her life to acting as both a champion and an advocate for those struggling with issues of addiction.

Marilyn never forgets her own journey from addiction to recovery. Her goal in creating the center has always been for every addict in need of help to have access to treatment. She can be found in the Center daily devoted to helping people committed to recovery and desire to lead fulfilling, productive lives. Her commitment can be felt and seen by clients and visitors alike on their first visit to Realization Center.

Marilyn was honored in 2013 for the Caron Foundation Addiction Professional Award.

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