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George W. Benedict is the founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Seafield Center, Inc., an alcohol and chemical dependency rehabilitation center located in Westhampton Beach, Long Island, NY; as well as five outpatient facilities and 13 not-for-profit halfway houses located throughout Long Island, NY. George has over 44 years of distinguished experience in the field alcoholism and is regarded as a leading authority in the area of Family Intervention. He frequently addresses university faculty members, students, civic groups and members of Congress on the effects of alcohol on individuals and their immediate families.

George has been the recipient of many awards and commendations, including:
Letter of Commendation (United States Congress)
Letter of Commendation (New York State Governor)
1996 Long Island Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence Honoree
1992 EAC Humanitarian Award by Education & Assistance Corp.
New York State Assembly Citation
New York State Senate Achievement Award
Kiwanis Club of Greater Westhampton Distinguished Service Award
New York State Police Award of Appreciation
Village of Southampton Proclamation
Suffolk County Proclamation
Nassau County Citation
Harvard University, Conference on Alcoholism
Broward County Sheriff’s Department, Florida
Governor Ann Richards of Texas for work with Police Departments
Corpus Christi, Texas Police Department Conference
Washington, DC Police Department Conference
Boston, Massachusetts Police Department
Commendation from Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida
New York City Police Department, Police Benevolent Association
Suffolk County, NY Police Benevolent Association
Nassau County, NY Police Benevolent Association

In 1992, George was appointed as a Special Deputy to the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department and has been an active participant in the Nassau County Department of Correction Drug Abuse Research and Treatment (DART) Program, addressing inmates and Corrections Officers on alcohol and substance abuse via personal attendance and video conference. He is a pioneer in treating law enforcement personnel and has designed a program for treating police officers throughout the country. His expertise in the treatment and corrections fields has afforded him the position of motivational speaker for the most recent New York State Department of Corrections conference series on alcohol and substance abuse held at Skidmore College.

George is the founder of Edna’s House, a women’s sober home located in Palm Beach County, Florida and has served on the Fern House Board of Directors since 2019. George is widowed and the father of three adult children, six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

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