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Josephine Dix Award
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Josephine Carlotta Horton (Jo) Dix was born in Mobile, Alabama in 1907. After graduating from Barton Academy, she attended LSU and then studied medicine in New York. In 1929 she returned to Mobile and took a job at the Mobile Infirmary.


In the early 1930’s she fell in love with and married Oliver Dix.  They had two daughters, Joan Smith and Suzanne Cleveland.   


In 1951 Jo started on the road to recovery.  She spent a lot of time at the AA General Service Office in New York with Bill W. and many other people who influenced the early years of Alcoholics Anonymous.


For many years, Jo worked for Christ Episcopal Church in downtown Mobile. In 1966, she was on the founding committee of what is now called the Drug Education Council. They opened the first residential program in south Alabama to treat alcoholism and other drug addictions. Through her work at the Council, Jo helped countless individuals and families suffering from addiction, and continued to support recovery efforts until her death in 1994.

Each year at the Gulf Coast Conference on Addiction and Recovery, the Josephine Dix Award is presented by the DEC to honor someone who has made significant contributions to the field of addiction treatment and recovery. Recipients of this award have demonstrated their commitment and passion for helping people find help and hope, and represent the spirit of the work that Jo Dix did in her remarkable life.

2023 Josephine Dix Award Winner

Greg Snodgrass, MSW.


We are honored to present the 2023 Josephine H. Dix Award to Greg Snodgrass, MSW.

Greg Snodgrass serves as the Regional Outreach Coordinator for Cumberland Heights, located in Nashville, Tennessee. Greg began his journey in recovery 18 years ago and has dedicated his life to helping others struggling with addiction. He completed his higher education through the Collegiate Recovery Program at Texas Tech University. He then designed and implemented the Collegiate Recovery Program at the University of Alabama, where he served as Director for five years. He also served as National Director of Corporate Relations and Sponsorship for the Association of Recovery in Higher Education. He has worked as a sober companion for Sober Escorts and The Guest House in Ocala, Florida. Greg also serves on the Steering Committee for the Gulf Coast Conference on Addiction and Recovery and the Board of Directors for the Alabama School of Alcohol and Drug Studies. Greg spends his free time with his wife, Jennifer, and daughter traveling to horse shows across the southeast with their thoroughbreds, Harley and Pickles.

Access Magazine June 2023


DEC Executive Director, Virginia Guy, was featured in an Access magazine article sharing the passion behind her push to keep vape products out of the hands of our vulnerable young people.


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