Executive Corner – Howard Josepher

Executive Corner

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.

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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?

A: Made


Q: If you ever retire, would you prefer to live by the ocean, lake, river, or mountaintop, or penthouse?

A: Ocean


Q: What is your favorite hotel or resort?

A: Fire Island, NY


Q: Where did you go on your honeymoon?

A: Italy


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?

A: Racquetball


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


Q: Director?

A: The Coen Brothers


Q: Broadway musical/play?

A: The Book of Mormon [musical]


Q: Sport to watch? To play?

A: Beach Volleyball, racquetball


Q: City?

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?

A: Child


Q: What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

A: ‘Pay attention.’