Tom Reilly Awarded Amethyst Award at April Breakfast

The Mohawk Valley is fortunate to have strong, community-minded leaders to join together in the fight against substance use disorders.  For the friends and loved ones who are rebuilding their lives in recovery, the support they find locally helps to increase their chances of success.  This area has numerous resources to help individuals and families get clean and sober, and achieve long-term recovery.  More importantly, those resources work together to customize individual plans for the road to recovery.

The Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. is celebrating those community partners who join together in the recovery mission at their annual awareness breakfast, this year themed “Celebrating CommUNITY Connections.”   The agency’s CEO, Cassandra Sheets, LMSW, explained, “We want to recognize all of our partners who play a role in the recovery community, whether it’s inpatient or outpatient, support groups, peer services, life skills, or advocacy.  All of us together share a piece of the success stories we’re now writing.”

One of those valuable partners is the Mohawk Valley chapter of Friends of Recovery, and their local president, Tom Reilly.  Tom will be presented with this year’s Amethyst Award at the awareness breakfast.  The Amethyst Award is given annually “to a member of the community who has helped others by inspiring them with a message of hope and recovery,” according to Mrs. Sheets. “Tom does that ten times over and is most deserving of this award.  While we had a number of amazing nominations, Tom was an easy choice.  He’s lived recovery, and he puts himself out there every day to help anyone who is struggling to achieve that same success.”

Being a quiet and humble man of few words, when Tom was informed of the award, he just said, “The paradox of recovery is this:  The more useful I am to others, the better my life is!”

The awareness breakfast is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2 at Hart’s Hill Inn in Whitesboro and is open to the public.  Tickets are available by calling the office at 315.733.1709 or on the CFLR, Inc. website,

The Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. is proud to be the area’s leading resource provider in prevention, mental health, and behavioral services, as well as community and family recovery programs.  CFLR is committed to working together with our community partners with the common goal of improving the individual’s quality of life.  For more information on any of CFLRs programs and services, call 315.733.1709 or visit



Posted by Bianca Bussey