New Found Life Founders Receive Lifetime Achievement Honors


Mary Ann and Ed Spatola, the co-founders of New Found Life, are proud to have recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Miriam’s House, a sober living transitional home for women and their children.

The Los Angeles-based nonprofit presented the Spatolas with the award at their 13th annual Polo in the Palisades fundraiser on Sept. 21, which helps raise essential money to support the organization’s mission of empowering mothers in recovery with the critical life skills they need to remain sober, while simultaneously maintaining or recovering custody of their children.

A Long and Storied History

While Miriam’s House has been working to fulfill its mission since 2007, the Spatolas have been dedicated to helping individuals and their families recover from drug and alcohol addictions for more than 26 years. At New Found Life, the pair has assembled a talented team of qualified addiction professionals who provide a range of services – including residential, extended, outpatient and continuing care, as well as a family program.

Since 1993, New Found Life’s evidence-based, 12-step continuum of care has helped thousands of men and women break free of the cycle of addiction and build the foundation necessary to live healthy, fulfilling lives. The Spatolas and those they have assembled to be part of their recovery team have also been instrumental in reducing the stigma surrounding the need to seek treatment for substance misuse and co-occurring disorders.

Other Awards and Honors

During his tenure in 2013, Robert Foster, then-mayor of Long Beach, recognized the Spatolas as an outstanding provider of treatment and service to the community. Despite the accolades they have received, they insist on attributing their success to their dedicated management team, excellent clinical staff and devoted employees. Together, their entire staff has transformed the vision of helping others into a treatment program that produces real results for people dealing with one of the most challenging conditions it’s possible to face.

New Found Life is a family, and we strive to make everyone – residents, alumni and employees alike – feel like they are part of that family. Those who have spent time around the Spatolas have likely heard them use the phrase, “Go help someone.” Since service work is so crucial to recovery, they encourage their residents and employees to volunteer their time and talents with community organizations. Because of the couple’s strong belief in 12-step principles, they worked hard to create a program that marries clinical excellence and 12-step immersion. Today, the results speak for themselves.

Qualified Addiction Treatment in Long Beach

If you or someone in your life is struggling with substance misuse and co-occurring mental health issues, you don’t have to sacrifice your health, relationships and livelihood to the heartbreak of addiction. Contact New Found Life today to learn how you can shatter the chains holding you back from realizing your full potential. Our compassionate admissions team is here to speak to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and we accept all major forms of health insurance.