Jewish Addiction Resource Alliance (JARA) is excited to welcome Joel Dworkin as he shares his personal experience with addiction and recovery. Joel is a person in long term recovery who works to dispel myths about addiction and eliminate the shame so often felt by those struggling, as well as their families.
About the Speaker:
In 2008, Joel Dworkin entered an inpatient treatment center and then a wilderness therapy program for heroin addiction. It not only ended his drug use but fed his interest in working in the outdoor education and recovery fields. He worked at Camp Ramah of the Rockies and started a program for campers to learn about addiction and recovery. That sparked him to help start BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy in Colorado, a program for Jewish young adults struggling with mental health challenges. He currently manages HAMSA, Helping Atlantans Manage Substance Abuse, which provides support, treatment resources, and strategies for those seeking help and in recovery. Joel is married to Rabbi Lauren Henderson of Congregation Or Hadash in Sandy Springs, GA.
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