Meet the Leadership.
At the EBI for Addiction, Prevention, and Family Education we convene conversations and teach in deeply personal, relevant, and meaningful ways.
With offerings to the greater community in the form of workshops, public lectures, and prevention services to mental health, medical, and religious leaders and professionals, we have created a solution for the challenges of today.
This solution has become more and more necessary in today’s world of high stress and lack of spiritual connection, manifesting in many ways, including obsession with technology, eating disorders (especially obesity), “failure to launch,” compulsive gambling, prescription drug abuse, drug and alcohol abuse and other unhealthy forms of escape. Our youth are among the most painfully impacted by these social and spiritual challenges.
Leadership Institute Mentors
In Loving Memory
Garrett O'Connor, M.D.
Founder of the Elaine Breslow Institute
Garrett O'Connor, brought an expertise and background in addiction treatment and psychiatry that is unparalleled. Garrett's philosophies about recovery and spirituality are perfectly aligned with those of Beit T'Shuvah. His life-long work was an invaluable addition to the cutting edge curriculum we have developed over the past 25 years of successfully helping treat addicts and alcoholics.
Born in Dublin, Ireland, Dr. O'Connor graduated as a physician from the Royal College of Surgeons and trained in Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. As a tenured Associate Professor of Psychiatry, he was Director of the Johns Hopkins Community-Based Treatment Program. He later began his Associate Professorship of Psychiatry at UCLA, designing, what are now, widely-used, new and innovative treatment practices. In 2003, he was appointed Chief Psychiatrist at the Betty Ford Center and in early 2008, was named the first ever President of the Betty Ford Institute for Prevention, Research and Education in Addictive Disease.
For the past 40 years, he has lectured, consulted and led workshops on addiction in the United States and abroad. In addition to his teaching activities and clinical practice, Dr. O' Connor has spent the last 20 years working to clarify the role of malignant shame as a major emotional consequence of the extreme cultural and familial trauma that often results from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.
From 1986 to 2002 Dr. O'Connor served on the Executive Council of the California Society of Addiction Medicine and in 1989 was elected the organization's President. He was elected as a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association in 2010. In November 2011, the California Society of Addiction Medicine honored Dr. O'Connor with a Life Achievement Award. Dr. O'Connor has been in personal recovery from alcoholism for over thirty-five years and is widely known for using his own life story as a tool for teaching about recovery to patients, medical students, and other audiences, including his fellow physicians. He has been married to the Actress/Writer/Director/Producer Dr. Fionnula Flanagan for 40 years. They have two sons and a granddaughter who are also in long-term recovery from addiction.
The Elaine Breslow Institute is poised and ready to share its approach so that clergy, clinicians, communal leaders, and parents can utilize it among their own professional and personal contexts.