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. He is the Recovery Supervisor at Prevention Links and oversees the NJ Recovery High School in Roselle, NJ. He provides supervision to several social workers and peers in recovery. He also manages a large and diverse collection of interns. Frank drives up to Albany, NY, a few times a month in order to serve as the Consulting Therapist for the NY State Troopers EAP.
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, universities, and law enforcement agencies. He regularly writes for a number of journals and trade websites. He is the President of the Rutgers School of Social Work Alumni Council. In 2018, the president of the NJ State Senate, Stephen Sweeney, appointed him to NJ Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Council.
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 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 served on the NJ Governor’s Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse (GCADA) from 2011 to 2022 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. He also served on the Board of Directors for NASW-NJ from 2018 to 2020.
In 2014, 10 years after he was granted an honorable discharge from his first contract with 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. He served in Poland with the 3-278 Cavalry during the last four months of 2019. He is hoping that the Army accepts his resignation this year.
Frank is an passionate sports fan who ardently follows the Minnesota Vikings and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is also an avid traveler, having been to six continents, 38 countries, 47 states and 44 baseball stadiums (every current MLB park and 13 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. He has written three books, including a play about his time in the Army.
Frank is a near-obsessive hiker and Catskill 3500 club member #2998 (Winter #1340). He became an Adirondack 46er (#13,778) in October of 2021 and completed his Winter 46 in January of 2023. He finished the 48 White mountains in New Hampshire in October of 2022.
Frank climbed Mt. Fuji while living in Japan in 2003. He is proud to have achieved the summit of Mt. Washington in January of 2017 (crazily, it was his first winter hike). In March of 2018, he summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in a blizzard with a NY State Trooper. He climbed Mt. Kenya and Mt. Kosciuszko in 2019. He hiked the Northville Lake Placid Trail in 2020 and the Wonderland Trail in 2021. He achieved the summit of Mt. Rainier in August of 2022. He climbed Volcan Baru (Panama) in 2021 and Cerro Chirripo in 2023. Frank has taken hundreds of students, clients, soldiers, veterans, friends and family members on hikes.