The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) awarded the Michael Q. Ford Journalism Award to Rosecrance Chaplain William “Bill” Lenters at the organization’s annual conference May 19-22 in Phoenix.
The award recognizes Lenters’ long-running series of recovery-focused columns, which are published under the title “Bread for the Journey.” The award is named for NAATP’s first executive, Michael Q. Ford, who died in 1999.
Lenters, who came to Rosecrance as chaplain in 1998, counsels adolescents and adults in treatment for substance abuse at the Rockford campuses. In his straightforward, colorful and often humorous columns, he addresses everyday life struggles of people who may or may not be in recovery.
“It surprises me to get recognized for writing down what I think is fairly obvious,” Lenters said. “It makes me happy that I might have something meaningful to say to folks who struggle with addiction and other life issues.”
Introducing Lenters at the NAATP conference, Rosecrance President/CEO Philip W. Eaton said the chaplain has helped thousands of patients find the strength and wisdom within themselves to face obstacles in their lives.
“He helps patients dig through layers of loss, guilt, trauma and self-loathing to find and fan a spark of spirituality that can help them sustain recovery for the long run,” Eaton said.
Lenters, an ordained elder in the united Methodist Church, previously served as campus minister at Purdue University, parish pastor at churches in Chicago and Cleveland, and chaplain at a treatment center in Phoenix. He holds Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees. He is a published author in the addictions field. His “Bread for the Journey” column is distributed to pastors and churches of many denominations in Illinois and Wisconsin, to Rosecrance staff and many other avid readers.
From the June 13-19, 2012, issue