April 25, 2017
The Executive Corner is a new weekly feature of the Addiction/Recovery eBulletin. We send our participants forty questions and ask them to choose twenty they would like to answer. It includes a short profile and a link to their website. We hope you enjoy it.
Howard Josepher, LCSW, is Co-founder & President of Exponents, a non-profit, community-based organization in New York City dedicated to improving the quality of life of those affected by drug addiction, HIV/AIDS and re-entry to the community after incarceration. Mr. Josepher has been in the substance abuse treatment field for over forty-five years. He is a past chairman of the Substance Abuse Committee of NYC’s HIV Prevention Planning Group, has served on the city’s DoHMH, Mental Hygiene Advisory Council, and is currently a member of the NYS, OASAS Recovery Implementation Team. His work with HIV/AIDS patients earned him the National Association of Social Workers’ Diego Lopez Award.
Learn more about Exponents at
Q: What was your DOC and when did you discontinue its use?
A: Heroin. I quit in 1967—it will be 50 years at the end of [May].
Q: At which of the schools you attended did you learn the most?
A: College—Long Island University
Q: Do you believe leaders are made or born?
Q: If you ever retire, would you prefer to live by the ocean, lake, river, or mountaintop, or penthouse?
Q: What is your favorite hotel or resort?
A: Fire Island, NY
Q: Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Q: How do you measure success?
A: Friends and Respect
Q: If you had an extra million dollars, which charity would you donate it to?
A: Exponents, Inc.
Q: Who was your biggest influence throughout your life?
A: Osho [Shree Rajneesh]
Q: What is your current hobby?
Q: If you were giving a dinner party for your 3 favorite authors, living or dead, who would they be?
A: Jack Kerouac, Eckhart Tolle, Maia Szalavitz
Q: Favorite radio or news show?
A: The Brian Lehrer Show
Q: TV/cable/digital series?
A: The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell
A: The Coen Brothers
Q: Broadway musical/play?
A: The Book of Mormon [musical]
Q: Sport to watch? To play?
A: Beach Volleyball, racquetball
A: New York City
Q: Have you ever been arrested and, if so, what for?
A: Burglary, forgery, drug possession
Q: Do you have any children? Grandchildren?
Q: What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
A: ‘Pay attention.’