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A Substance Abuse Counselor Presents his New “ABCs of Recovery”


Episode description:  

Every week, we see a stream of news stories about opioid addiction, drug overdoses, and mental health issues—people from teens to seniors coping with stress, burnout, depression, anxiety, loneliness and suicidal ideation. We live in an Age of Anxiety. And while there are numerous recovery programs and treatments, it seems as if the problems are growing, and the solutions are insufficient. In today’s episode, we talk to Asher Rabinowitz, a New York State licensed clinical social worker and credentialed counselor, who has worked in the field of alcohol and substance abuse treatment for the past 28 years. Over the course of his career working with thousands of individuals, he has developed an incisive approach to recovery, which he aptly calls, “simple—but not easy.” Plainspoken and passionate, Asher explains his new system of the “ABCs of Recovery” (a mnemonic sequence of Awareness, Boundaries and Consequences) and how it differs from other current approaches. He’ll talk about how he has used storytelling as an unusually powerful therapeutic tool that can offer people insights into the possibilities of change. And he’ll tackle the challenge that faces many individuals who successfully complete their recovery programs—but can’t take their progress to the outside world.

Guest description:

For the past 28 years Asher Rabinowitz, a New York State licensed clinical social worker and credentialed alcohol/substance abuse counselor, has worked in the field of substance abuse treatment. His experience includes working as therapist and educator for adolescents, adults and families. He has served as supervisor for Buprenorphine services, training supervisor for in-service agency workers, and supervisor of out-patient services for a major methadone clinic in New York City. He currently practices in Valley Stream New York. His academic credentials include a Bachelor of Arts Diploma from Yeshiva University New York, and a Master of Arts in Social Work from the State University at Stony Brook New York. Additionally, he has completed post-master’s studies in social work supervision, and substance abuse treatment. Mr. Rabinowitz has presented locally at the National Association of Social Workers Addictions Institute, nationally at the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence Conference and published in the international peer reviewed Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions.


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recovery, addiction,  counseling, therapy, substance abuse

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