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Joe Schrank
Joe Schrank has spent his life in and around active alcoholism. After stabilizing his own post-undergrad depression and alcoholism, he returned to school and studied clinical social work at Iona College and the University of Illinois. Following a tenure at Promises in Malibu, CA, Joe established the first sober living facility in New York City, Loft 107. Frustrated with the lack of media attention on the recovery community, Joe then founded with Maer Roshan. Most recently, Joe founded ReboundBrooklyn, an innovative treatment program, with Dr. Scott Bienenfeld, a prominent psychiatrist specializing in addiction. His hobbies include obsessing over the Yankees, overheating, and avoiding human contact. He's been intoxicant free for sixteen years.

Entries by Joe Schrank

Does Pat Hayden Need Al-Anon?

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 1:00 AM

USC has long been a bastion of the Southern California lifestyle, the educational embodiment of what America thinks of as fun. It's got perfect weather, beautiful women, and partying -- all centered around a fabled football team. Peel back the covers, though, and you will find that underneath it all,...

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Booker and Gillibrand Call for Compassion

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 8:30 AM

Senators Corey Booker (D, NJ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D, NY) stopped by the Manhattan office of the Drug Policy Alliance Sunday afternoon to promote their new bill, "The CARERS act".  Marijuana is currently a schedule 1 drug, the same as heroin; The CARERS act would reclassify marijuana as a schedule...

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18 States Set to Legalize by 2020

(22) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 12:29 AM

Arc-view market research is releasing a report in February that predicts 18 states will legalize marijuana by 2020. Who could have imagined this? Even if the research firms soothsaying abilities never materialize, talking about this is a tectonic shift, not unlike the newly minted nonchalance about gay marriage.


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Columnist Besmirches Alcoholics and Addicts

(2) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 7:43 PM

Andrea Peyser may not be known outside the five boroughs or the New York City metro area, but she is a daily columnist in the New York Post, and she has an axe to grind with addicts. Armed with extensive research and study in, well, nothing, she pontificates about addiction...

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Really Urban Outfitters?

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 3:23 PM

It's nothing new for a retail operation to stir Controversy. It helps sales. The old adage is "there is no bad publicity." As a promotion for their new flag ship store in New York City, which includes a hair salon, "Hairroin" urban outfitters is giving away pens shaped like a...

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Legalize It! But First Mainstream It

(40) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 7:58 PM

On May 4, the pro-marijuana legalization movement held a rally in New York's Union Square. It was a peaceful assembly of citizens, all acting well within their rights as Americans attempting to have their voices heard. The participants looked like a cartoonish caricature of what America thinks of drug policy...

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Raise Taxes, Wyoming, I D.A.R.E. You

(4) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 5:14 PM

America has a long history of stubborn resistance to applying logic, science and just common sense to our intoxication problem. For more than 30 years the DARE program has been in 80 percent of school districts. Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush II and Obama have all had a "national DARE day"...

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Alcohol Industry Benefits From Marijuana Remaining Illegal

(21) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 7:53 PM

I have spent my life in and around alcoholism. A recovering alcoholic myself, I worked at Promises in Malibu before founding Loft 107, the first sober living facility in New York City. I'm the cofounder of, a web site about addiction and treatment. I'm also an interventionist, the guy...

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