The Foundation

Working Together Toward A Solution

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. Our Vision.

Our Mission. Our Vision.

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.

Our Values:

  • Pride in modeling our mission and vision every day, everywhere, with everyone
  • Responsibility, integrity, and honesty to ourselves those we serve
  • Leadership through humility and principle
  • Passion for our purpose- people, community, and society
  • Commitment and accountability to the public
  • Respect for the worth and dignity of individuals
  • Transparency, inclusion, and diversity in all our affairs

The Problem:

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.

The Solution:

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.

Our Services

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.


AEF Education Workshops and Programs

Employers and Industry

  • Recovery Friendly Workplace
  • Employ Recovery
  • Addiction and Recovery Stigma
  • Drug-Free Workplace Programs
  • Recovery is a Protected Class
  • Human Capital and the Bottom Line


Schools and Communities

  • Prevention and Education Programs
  • Lesson Plans for Educators
  • Addiction Education
  • Community Awareness
  • The Opioid Epidemic
  • Narcan Workshops
  • Family Prevention
  • Where to Find Help for You, a Friend, or Loved ONE


The Treatment Community

  • Drug Court Employment Program
  • Solutions and the Opioid Epidemic
  • Twelve-Step Programs
  • Treatment and Recovery Resources
Barry Tishler

Barry Tishler

Ed.D., MBA , CPP, CRPS - Founder and Executive Director

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 Certified Prevention Professional,  Certified Recovery Peer Specialist, and Professional Certification in Trauma and Resilience Level One and Two from FSU.

Dr. Tishler now takes his life experience, education, professional background and passion to serve to lead the Addiction Education Foundation inc., and the Managing Director of the Northeast Ace Alliance.

Phil Madan

Phil Madan

MSW, CAP,CAPP - Retired Broward County Sheriffs Office, architect and former director of the Broward County Drug Court Treatment Program 1991-2016

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.

James Smith Esq.

James Smith Esq.

Attorney James Smith graduated Stetson University College of Law and has practiced law for 54 years

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. Al Jenkins

Mr. Al Jenkins

Business Owner and Entrepreneur

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.

Nero the Recovery Dog

Nero the Recovery Dog

Nero the Recovery Dog

Nero is always there to lend a Paw and to be the Best friend ever... and Foundations Mascot

The Role of Assistance Dogs in Recovering from Substance Abuse

Neurotransmitters are powerful, and artificial stimulation of receptors in our brains has powerful medical applications that can transform lives. On the flip side, however, these receptors leave us vulnerable to drug abuse, which relies on complex pathways in the brain to make recovery mentally, physically, and emotionally challenging. Fortunately, individuals in recovery from drug dependence can find alternative methods of stimulating those receptors–safely and naturally–through emotional support animals, animal-assisted therapy, and service dogs. These animals can also help recovering addicts in other essential ways, such as establishing daily routines, forming healthy bonds, and providing loyal support.

Dogs are naturally gifted with a host of attributes that help their owners live longer, happier lives. They also have a long history of assisting people in difficult circumstances. In recent years, treatment protocols have expanded to take advantage of the ways that dogs can help prevent relapse and give patients in recovery a better chance at leading full, meaningful lives. There is life beyond addiction, and assistance dogs can provide a key piece of the puzzle.