The Auxiliary of Nexus Spring Luncheon Rescheduled to Friday, May 21, 2021 with Mackenzie Phillips as the Featured Speaker

(Featured photo: Mackenzie Phillips, speaker. Janina Solomon, President, Auxiliary of Nexus Recovery Center; Elizabeth Minahan, Luncheon Chair; Susan Simon, Honorary Chair.)*

Benefiting The Auxiliary of Nexus Recovery Center, Inc.
Mark your calendars for Friday, May 21, 2021

Janina Solomon, President of the Auxiliary of Nexus and Elizabeth Minahan, Luncheon Chair, are thrilled to announce Mackenzie Phillips as the featured speaker at The Auxiliary luncheon happening on Friday, May 21, 2021 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas.  Susan Simon is Honorary Chair. The event is rescheduled from the previously set April 7, 2021 date.

Mackenzie Phillips is an American actress and author of the courageous New York Times bestselling memoir High on Arrival, and her equally successful book, Hopeful Healing: Essays on Managing Recovery and Surviving Addiction. Phillips rose to fame with breakout parts in 1973’s American Graffiti and ’70s sitcom One Day at a Time and is now making a different impact as a director at the Breathe Life Healing Center in Los Angeles where she specializes in trauma, drug, and alcohol treatment and recovery.

Sponsorships and underwriting are available priced from $2,500 to $50,000. Individual tickets are $250 each. Visit the web site at or contact Katie Overman, Information Services Manager,   Office: 214-321-0156 ext. 2142. Follow The Auxiliary on Facebook at

About the Auxiliary: Membership in the Auxiliary is open to the public. Everyone is invited to join in its mission to support and promote the interests of Nexus Recovery Center, Inc. This mission is accomplished by building a strong and active membership, stimulating public awareness and helping in the financial support of Nexus’ services and projects.

Mission Statement: The mission of Nexus Recovery Center is to serve as a link to sobriety, independence, and dignity for low-income women and their families affected by addiction. We inspire hope, offer respect, and honor the unique differences of female addicts.

Based in Dallas, Texas, Nexus Recovery Center is a 501(c)(3) that offers specialized substance use disorder treatment services for adult women as well as therapeutic treatment and care for their accompanying children in order to break the cycle of addiction. Nexus has been accredited by the Joint Commission since 2006 and is the only treatment center in North Texas that accepts women in the late stages of pregnancy and allows children to accompany their mothers into treatment. For more information, call (214) 321-0156 or visit

In fiscal year 2019, Nexus served 1,900 women and adolescent girls and 364 children, including 71 Nexus-born babies

Nexus served over 900 women in residential treatment throughout the COVID-19 pandemic from March through August 2020. Nearly 1 in 4 clients served through residential treatment were experiencing homelessness when admitted. These women were kept safe healthy while receiving life-saving treatment at Nexus.

In March 2018, Forbes reported that drug overdoses are the leading cause of death from injury in the United States and that women are more susceptible to become addicted to drugs as a result of gender-specific issues. The Hartford Courant reported that women face a higher risk for an opioid addiction and women have significant barriers to receiving treatment. Because addiction takes hold of women faster and results in increased negative physical effects, women generally come to treatment for addiction in worse shape than men.  

Drug overdose deaths have outpaced motor vehicle accidents and gun homicides combined, killing Americans at a faster pace than the HIV epidemic did at its peak. The US consumes more opioid pain medication than any other country on Earth, and drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death in Americans under 50. These statistics have spurred multiple governmental entities to name this the defining epidemic of our generation.

Nexus provides quality, gender-specific treatment. We meet the unique needs of women by providing access to psychiatric services, counseling for trauma induced by physical, mental, and sexual abuse, prenatal and postpartum programs and childcare regardless of ability to pay. When compared with mixed gender treatment, women-only treatment increased the odds of successful outcomes by 44%. Studies show that having at least one parent in recovery, helps minimize negative health outcomes in children.

History: Established in 1971 by women in recovery themselves, Nexus is thrilled to be celebrating its 50th year. In 1990 the facility relocated to a 12-acre campus in east Dallas to provide a wider array of services. The new space enabled Nexus to become a leader in treatment for women by allowing children to accompany their mothers into treatment. In 1991, Nexus expanded the adult women program to 40 beds. In 1993 because no treatment providers would accept pregnant or newly parenting teens Nexus began filling this service gap. In 1999, the Child Development Center was built to meet the needs of accompanying children.

Joint Commission accredited since 2006, a rare accomplishment in the non-profit sector due to the high standards required to earn and maintain. Nexus is committed to providing top-notch care for low-income women and their children.

*Photo of the chairs: Jan Osborne.

(Sharon Adams, Adams Communications Public Relations, is honored to represent the Auxiliary of Nexus Recovery Center and Nexus Recovery Center.)


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