Statesboro, Ga. — The Willingway Foundation, the non-profit affiliate of Willingway Hospital, a privately owned, 40-bed hospital specializing in the treatment of alcoholism and drug addiction, has appointed author and screenwriter William G. Borchert as a trustee of its foundation.
"We are pleased to have Bill Borchert join the Willingway Foundation board to help us in our fight to reduce the stigma of alcoholism and drug addiction," said Al J. Mooney, III, MD, Foundation president. "We believe his knowledge, reputation and dedication to helping those suffering from the disease of addiction will greatly enhance our Foundation's ability to meet its goals and further expand our research and educational programs," Mooney added.
Borchert has written a number of best-selling books and award-winning movies on the subject of recovery. He wrote the Hallmark/Warner Brothers movie, "My Name Is Bill W.", starring James Garner and James Woods, about the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award.
Borchert also wrote the Hallmark/Entertainment 1 movie, "When Love Is Not Enough" starring Winona Ryder and Barry Pepper, based upon his book, "The Lois Wilson Story" about the co-founder of Al-Anon. He has written many books on recovery including "50 Miracles That Changed Lives," "Sought Through Prayer and Meditation," and "1,000 Years of Sobriety."
As an independent producer at Artists Entertainment Complex in New York, Borchert and his partners produced "Serpico" and "Dog Day Afternoon," both starring Al Pacino as well as other films.
Among the Willingway Foundation projects are providing funding to support The Center for Addiction Recovery at Georgia Southern University; research to validate the efficacy of abstinence programs; addiction mentoring and training for physicians; and conferences and educational seminars aimed at reducing the stigma of alcoholism and drug addiction.
The Foundation also engages in a global initiative, "Recovery Africa," and is currently working in Ghana and Egypt to help relieve the suffering from alcohol and drug problems. Previous global efforts of the Foundation were in Russia, Romania and Bosnia.