About Frank

Frank Greenagel, MPAP, MSW, LCSW, LCADC, ICADC, CASAC, ACSW, CJC, CCS, is a clinical social worker who specializes in addiction & recovery treatment. He is licensed in NJ, NY, and PA.

Frank is an adjunct professor at the Rutgers School of Social Work. He is also an instructor at the Center of Alcohol Studies. He writes a blog at greenagel.com. He conducts trainings and delivers keynote speeches around the country. He completed a Masters in Public Affairs and Politics in 2015.

Frank consults for a variety of treatment programs and universities. He regularly writes for a number of journals and trade websites. He serves on the Board of NASW-NJ as the Central Regional Representative and he also sits on the Rutgers School of Social Work Alumni Council. Frank is the Public Policy Chair of the NJ Society of Addiction Medicine and the Vice-Chair of the Overdose Prevention Agency Corporation (TOPAC).

Frank spent much of 2016-17 training police in NY, NJ and PA on issues surrounding addiction and community policing for the Center of Alcohol Studies. He also trained over 1000 Corrections Officers and Therapists for the Department of Corrections in the first half of 2018. Frank drives up to Albany, NY, a few times a month in order to serve as a Consulting Therapist for the NY State Troopers EAP. He is also the supervising therapist at the NJ Recovery High School in Roselle.

Frank worked as the Recovery Counselor at both Rutgers New Brunswick & Newark for five years, where he oversaw recovery housing and coordinated student & alumni activities. In 2011, Rutgers won the NAADAC (National Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors) Organization Achievement Award. Rutgers is considered by many to have the strongest recovery college program in the world. Frank served in the United States Army while studying history and English at Rutgers. He studied Shakespeare at the University of Cambridge in England, and taught English in Japan in 2003. Frank graduated with his MSW from Rutgers in 2006. He spent three years teaching English at Elizabeth High School and six years working as an outpatient counselor at Hunterdon Drug Awareness. He has served on the NJ Governor’s Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse (GCADA) since 2011 and was the Chairman of the NJ Heroin & Other Opiates Task Force. He served on the Board of Directors for Hazelden-Betty Ford from 2014 to 2017. In 2014, 10 years after he was granted an honorable discharge from his first time in the Army, Frank was directly commissioned into the Pennsylvania Army National Guard as a First Lieutenant. He helps soldiers that have experienced PTSD, substance abuse issues and tries to point them all in a positive direction. In 2018, the president of the NJ State Senate, Stephen Sweeney, appointed Frank to NJ Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Council.

Frank is an passionate sports fan who loves the Minnesota Vikings and Major League Baseball (Dodgers and Giants). He is also an avid traveler, having been to five continents, 27 countries, 46 states and 42 baseball stadiums (every current MLB park and 12 that have since closed). Frank has run two marathons. During the spring and summer, he spends several hours each week on his flower garden. A true Anglophile, he’s played croquet since childhood. He has visited every major Civil War battlefield. He is a prolific reader of comics, drama and history and reviews hundreds of books per year on Amazon.

Frank is an avid hiker and Catskill 3500 club member #2998 and an aspirant to the Adirondack 46er club. He is proud to have achieved the summit of Mt. Washington in January of 2017. He summitted Mt. Fuji while living in Japan in 2003. In March of 2018, he summitted Mt. Kilimanjaro in a blizzard with a NY State Trooper. Frank has taken hundreds of students, clients, soldiers, veterans, friends and family members on hikes.

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