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About Joe and Judy Herzanek

Joe and Judy Herzanek, Changing Lives Foundation"We are convinced that people can recover and make dramatic changes in their lives."

Changing Lives Foundation is a Colorado Nonprofit Corporation which helps families and friends searching for help with a loved one struggling with addiction, alcoholism or substance abuse. We provide guidance with clear, concise information—on substance abuse, drug addiction, alcoholism and compulsive behaviors. Perhaps more importantly, we focus on how individuals and families recover despite the choices of the addict/alcoholic.

We partner with organizations across the USA to provide resources (books, CDs, DVDs and workshops) to help educate families and friends who are searching for answers. We provide phone counseling on a  limited basis to family members.

 About Judy Herzanek

Judy Herzanek BioJudy Herzanek is currently the Director of Creative Development and Marketing for Changing Lives Foundation. She graduated from Columbus College of Art & Design in 1976 and worked as Graphic Designer and Art Director for Hallmark Cards, Kansas City, MO (12 years), Celestial Seasonings, Boulder, CO (16 years) and owned her managed her own design business.

Joe and Judy met in 1984 at an AA meeting in Kansas City and have been married for over 30 years. Both are in long-term recovery (Judy, 30+ years and Joe, 40+ years). She loves working from her home office and the opportunity to combine her design, marketing and online skills with her years of sobriety to bring the message of hope to families struggling with addiction.

She spends her time creating materials for and managing Changing Lives Foundation, creating content for and administrating their 3 websites, blog, numerous social media resources (including a Private Facebook Group for Families). She provides Customer Service for CLF and respondis to individual requests for counseling and resources.

Judy loves hiking above treeline any chance she can get, camping, gardening and exploring the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

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 About Joe Herzanek
Joe Herzanek, a man who battled his own demons of addiction over thirty years ago, says, “I know people can change. If I can do it, anyone can!” Joe’s own life struggles and practical advice offer hope and solutions to those living amidst the turmoil of someone’s alcohol and drug abuse.

From age 13 to 29, Joe battled his own drug and alcohol addiction—finally receiving treatment. He now has over 35 years of abstinence from substances. Treatment gave him the information and structure needed to begin his journey of recovery.

Joe Herzanek is the president and founder of Changing Lives Foundation and currently serves as a Chaplain at the Boulder County Jail (Boulder, CO). He previously spent over seventeen years working in the criminal justice system at various Colorado Jails and as a certified addiction professional in Colorado. Joe is the former host of Recovery Television, speaker, producer of several DVDs, including “The 10 Toughest Questions Families and Friends Ask About Addiction and Recovery” and author of the award-winning book "Why Don't They Just Quit? What families and friends need to know about addiction and recovery."

His passion is to help men and women who are struggling with addiction, as well as providing answers and solutions to family and friends who are searching for ways to help their loved-one begin the road to recovery.

Joe Herzanek and his wife Judy have three (adult) children, Jami, Jake, and Jessica, and enjoy the beautiful Colorado outdoors.

Joe offers words of encouragement:
“Addiction is not a hopeless situation,” he writes. “Addicts and alcoholics aren’t crazy, and they can quit.”

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Colorado State Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor: CAC II

Workshops and family phone consultations
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• Colorado State Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor: Level II
• President: Changing Lives Foundation, Est. 2007
• Over thirty years experience counseling alcohol and drug dependent men, women and their family members
• Boulder County Jail (Boulder, CO) Chaplain, 25+ years (1993-Present)
• Award-winning author of the book “Why Don’t They Just Quit? Hope for families struggling with addiction.”
• BCBC, Board Certified Biblical Counselor 
• Ordination, 1996 Rocky Mountain Christian Church, Niwot, CO
• Former host of “Recovery Television”
• Public Speaker/Workshop Presenter
• Member: NAADAC: National Association for Addiction Professionals
• Member: AACC: American Association of Christian Counselors
• Member: Toastmasters International
• Member: ACA: American Correctional Association
• Liability Insurance: 1mil/3mil Allied Healthcare Professionals
• Member: BBB
• References available upon request

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