The Addiction Education Foundation, referred to as AEF, is a 501(3)c Non-Profit whose goal is to provide public and private organizations education, training, workshops, information and resources on substance abuse, addiction, and recovery.
Our Mission: Addiction Education Foundation is a Non-Profit organization providing public and private organizations information, education, training, workshops, resources, and solutions on substance abuse, addiction, and recovery.
Our Vision: The goal of AEF is to educate and advance knowledge and understanding about the disease of addiction and substance abuse, its impact on individuals, families, businesses, our communities, and society. Addiction Education Foundation's goal is to provide value solutions towards identifying and addressing the problems and issues that relate to addiction and recovery.
Addiction and Alcoholism is a complex condition, a brain disease that is manifested by compulsive substance use despite harmful consequences. People with addiction (severe substance use disorder) have an intense focus on using a certain substance(s), such as alcohol or drugs, to the point that it takes over their life. They keep using alcohol or a drug even when they know it will cause problems.
Addiction and Alcoholism is a complex condition, a brain disease that is manifested by compulsive substance use despite harmful consequence. People with addiction (severe substance use disorder) have an intense focus on using a certain substance(s), such as alcohol or drugs, to the point that it takes over their life. They keep using alcohol or a drug even when they know it will cause problems. Yet a number of effective treatments are available and people can recover from addiction and lead normal, productive lives (APA. 2020).
People with addictive disorders may be aware of their problem, but be unable to stop it even if they want to. The addiction may cause health problems as well as problems at work and with family members and friends. The misuse of drugs and alcohol is the leading cause of preventable illnesses and premature death. Yet a number of effective treatments are available and people can recover from addiction and lead normal, productive lives.
AEF consultants lead addiction education workshops, seminars, provide didactic learning and individual consulting solutions specific to our client’s needs. AEF designs and implements new and/or improved programs and plans that create the pathways needed towards long-term recovery, sustainability, and purpose while reducing stigma and the barriers that prevent treatment success for the recovered alcoholic, addict, and their family.
AEF provides consultation, education services and programs to organizations and human resource leaders, schools and educators, government and communities, to help transform the stigmas of addiction and dissolve the barriers that prevent the ability for a person to fully recover in all areas of life. AEF provides the comprehensive resources and knowledge needed to recognize and respond to the addiction crisis.
The answer to the problem of alcoholism and drug addiction seems to be in education in schoolrooms, in medical colleges, among clergymen and employers, in families, and in the public at large. From cradle to grave, the alcoholic/addict and the potential alcoholic will have to be completely surrounded by a true and deep understanding and by a continuous barrage of information. This means factual education, properly presented. Heretofore, much of this education has attacked the immorality of drinking rather than the illness of alcoholism and drug addiction and the real opportunity to recover.
AEF helps to relieve the community and society of the burden of costly expenses associated with substance abuse and addiction while providing actionable and viable solutions that help the sufferer to rejoin society, those affected, while simultaneously educating, supporting, and effecting change to the organizations and systems greatly impacted by the disease of addiction.
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In 2000, sober and working in the field of mental health and addiction Dr. Tishler graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor is Substance Abuse and certified as an Addiction Professional in Florida. After years of work in the field of mental health and addiction he went on to become an entrepreneur receiving a patent for a nationally sold computer invention. Dr. Tishler’s career then progressed into retail executive management positions with several national companies. He then went on to earn his MBA and Doctorate degrees from Nova Southeastern University, further certification as a Peer Recovery Counselor, and Professional Certification in Trauma and Resilience from FSU.
Dr. Tishler now takes his life experience, education, professional background and passion to serve to lead the Addiction Education Foundation inc.
Phil Madan began his career in 1987 in residential drug treatment, first with adolescents, then adults. Phil continued working with residential drug treatment but expanded his range while employed at a locked psychiatric unit. There he was based mostly on the substance abuse unit but also worked the adolescent, geriatric and chronic psychiatric units. There he assisted in one of the first forensic brain mapping cases for the Broward County Court.
Phil was the first clinician hired for the yet to be implemented Broward County Drug Court program in 1991. He helped to formulate the first written program used for the agency while working for BARC. His employer changed to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office in 1999. This allowed Drug Court to be placed under the auspices of the Sheriff’s Office to better coordinate outpatient treatment, residential treatment as well as the use of all jail-based treatment options.
Phil holds a Certified Addiction Professional and a Certified Addiction Prevention Professional certification with the Board of Florida.
Bachelor of Arts majoring in English Literature from Florida Atlantic University and Masters in Social work from Barry University.
Attorney James Smith is a partner at Smith and Schroder and member of Florida and American Bar Associations.
Mr. Smith a Captain in the US Army later went on to become an attorney and counselor for the Supreme Court of the United States, Certified Circuit Mediator, and a board-Certified Specialist in Civil Trial Law. Past President of the Volusia County Bar Association and a Member of American College of Trial Lawyers.
Mr. Smith received his Bachelor of Arts from Stetson and Juris Doctorate from Stetson College of Law.
Mr. Jenkins is a successful self-made business owner and entrepreneur founding several healthcare service companies both private and public.
Mr. Jenkins founded Shore Health Care and St. Catherine's Home Healthcare Company than created and successfully offered through Common Goals Capital two public securities funds.
A Registered Stock Broker and Investment Advisor with the Securities Exchange Commission.
Kathy began her career with Randstad in 1991 in Atlanta, GA. After 18 months on a team of 5, she was promoted as a Branch Manager to open a new office and location North of Atlanta in Kennesaw, GA. Her career led her to Randstad's corporate office to spend the next few years with the Training and Development department for all new Internal Hires, and collaborated on developing a program for ongoing education to other field leaders.
Several positions later, Kathy and her family moved back to their roots in Florida while she continued in leadership with Randstad.
Mrs. Halter is Certified as a Staffing Professional and in Office & Administration, Manufacturing, and Logistics.
Registered Investment Advisor with the Securities Exchange Commission and previous SHRM VP of Marketing.