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Las Vegas Music Therapist Judith Pinkerton Receives First-Time Honor from ACMs

Las Vegas Music Therapist Judith Pinkerton Receives First-Time Honor from ACMsLas Vegas music therapist Judith Pinkerton was honored Friday night with the first-ever AFLAC ACM Lifting Lives Honor  presented by ACM Awards nominee Chris YoungPinkerton received the award for her selfless dedication to bringing the healing power of music to those in need.

As a music therapist for Desert Hope Treatment Center and Solutions Recovery,  Pinkerton provides the healing power of music to more than 150 patients every week who are in recovery from alcohol and/or drug addiction.

“I am so grateful for the Academy of Country Music and Aflac honoring the music therapy profession,” said Pinkerton. “I am humbled to be the first chosen to represent 8000 music therapists across the country who serve pediatric cancer to addiction treatment and every population and work setting imaginable.”

American Addiction Centers (AAC), which owns Desert Hope and Solutions, also held a press conference on Friday to announce its support of the music industry by donating 30 days of free treatment to 12 musicians through MusiCares – the charitable arm of the Grammys. AAC also sponsored five students from Middle Tennessee State University to attend the Academy of Country Music Awards for a first-ever opportunity.

AAC’s support of the MTSU College of Media and Entertainment’s team in Las Vegas marks the second time this year that the company has aided the university’s efforts to provide experiential experiences to students interested in the Recording Industry, Media Arts and Journalism. AAC also helped sponsor MTSU’s student and faculty work earlier this year at the 60th annual GRAMMY Awards in New York City.

“Our company is proud to support Dr. McPhee’s commitment to provide top-notch experiences for its students at the ACMs and the GRAMMYs,” said Michael Cartwright, CEO of the Brentwood, Tennessee-based American Addiction Centers, who attended MTSU as an undergraduate. “We’re both based near Music City, so we both appreciate the important role that country music and the recording industry plays in Nashville and around the world.”

Cartwright and MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee outlined the university’s efforts at a joint news conference at AAC’s 148-bed Desert Hope addiction treatment facility. They also spoke about future projects with the Murfreesboro, Tennessee, campus, including AAC providing educational resources to university students about substance abuse and treatment.

American Addiction Centers is a leading provider of inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment services. It treats clients who are struggling with drug addiction, alcohol addiction, and co-occurring mental/behavioral health issues. AAC operates substance abuse treatment facilities located throughout the United States that are focused on delivering effective clinical care and treatment solutions. For more information, go to or on Twitter @AAC_Tweet.