Jason Powers, MD, MAPP, will rappel down the 31-story Hilton Austin to help raise public awareness and funding to end the stigma and suffering of those affected by addiction. Austin, TX (PRWEB) March 17, 2015 \u2013 Jason Powers, MD, MAPP, chief medical officer for The Right Step\u00ae family of programs and the Promises\u00ae Austin addiction treatment center in Texas will join 99 other individuals in rappelling down the side of the 31-story Hilton Austin. The fundraising event will take place Thursday, April 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the proceeds will benefit the organizational initiatives of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). \u201cRappelling is an activity that involves a certain element of risk,\u201d said Dr. Powers. \u201cIn this regard, it\u2019s very similar to certain actions and endeavors that people in recovery choose to take every day. Do we rush in blindly? No, we carefully weigh and balance risk versus potential reward, and make our decisions accordingly.\u201d He continued: \u201cAnd like much more in life, we often revisit that which may have scared the living daylights out of us, if the balance is just so. I agreed to rappel because it\u2019s for a good cause \u2013 to help bring insight into the field of addiction medicine, and also to raise public awareness and funding to help end the stigma and suffering of those affected by the disease of addiction.\u201d The opportunity is open to the first 100 conference attendees who sign up and commit to raising at least $1,000. Participants receive their own fundraising web page to solicit sponsors for the event. To learn more about the ASAM 46th Annual Conference and the rappelling fundraising event, visit the conference website.\r\nAbout Dr. Powers\r\nJason Powers, MD, holds a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. He was among the first group of doctors certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine, the highest credentialing board in the country, and is president of the Texas Chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and a local expert for The Partnership for a Drug Free America. Dr. Powers is also the author of the comprehensive book about addiction When the Servant Becomes the Master.\r\nAbout The Right Step\u00ae Treatment Centers\u00a0\r\nThe Right Step\u00ae family of programs is a network of outpatient and inpatient addiction treatmentcenters in Texas. Founded in 1990, it provides compassionate, comprehensive treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring issues. In recognition of its high-quality programming, breadth and depth of treatment services, and commitment to personalized care, The Right Step has earned full accreditation by the Joint Commission. Today, it is one of the largest private treatment providers for chemical dependency and co-occurring issues in the Southwest. For more information, call (855) 893-5987 or visit www.rightstep.com.\r\nAbout Promises\u00ae Austin\r\nLocated on a private nine-acre estate in the scenic Texas Hill Country, the Promises\u00ae Austin addiction treatment center offers addiction and mental health treatment for adults ages 26 and over in a peaceful, restorative setting. Doctoral and master\u2019s level clinicians provide trauma-informed care complemented by a wide range of traditional and experiential therapies. For more information, call (866) 285-9441 or visit www.promisesaustin.com. The Right Step and Promises Austin are members of Elements Behavioral Health, an owner of a series of behavioral health programs located throughout the United States. The Elements Behavioral Health\u00ae family of programs offers comprehensive, innovative treatment for substance abuse, sexual addiction, trauma, eating disorders, and other mental health disorders. Through its programs, the company is committed to delivering clinically sophisticated treatment that promotes permanent lifestyle change, not only for the patient but for the entire family network. For more information, visit promisesbehavioralhealth.com.