SOM Podcast: Dr. Alan Herzlin, on Alcohol and Substance Abuse

In this episode of the Seekers of Meaning Podcast, Rabbi Address chats with Dr. Alan Herzlin, Ph.D., CAP, ICADC, an addictions counselor based in Florida.

About the Guest

Dr. Alan Herzlin has been solely in the field of alcoholism and substance abuse for 45 years. He was in the very first group of alcoholism specialists granted certification in New York. He spent 20 years with the Freeport Group (NY) that operated Freeport Hospital (Freeport, Long Island, NY, one of the first free-standing facilities for the treatment of alcoholism) and Rhinebeck Lodge for Successful Living (Rhinebeck, NY), rehabilitation center. He provided consultation to programs in Iceland and Denmark in the 1980s. As long ago as the 1980s, Herzlin and his father gave a presentation for congregations entitled Jews & Booze.

Since moving to Florida in 1990, Alan has worked for a number of hospitals and programs as a consultant and trainer. Lives with wonderful wife, Laurie, and Black Russian Terrier, Valerie, in Wellington, FL.

Alan grew up in Massapequa, NY and is a life-long Reform Jew. His father, Dr. Frank Herzlin (z’l), was founding president of our congregation. Alan attended Camp Eisner and was a member of LIFTY (Long Island Federation of Temple Youth). He’s been a member of Temple Beth Torah, Wellington, FL, since 1990, served on the Temple’s Board of Trustees from 1994-2015, and was president, 1997-2000. He was a member of the Union for Reform Judaism’s North American Board of Trustees from 2000-2014; president, South Florida Federation of URJ from 2000-2004; a member of the URJ Trustees Committee since 2014 and Chair of the URJ NAB Alumni Engagement Team since 2016.



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