About the Author

Cheryl Adler comes from a compassionate and insightful perspective. As a psychotherapist, addictions counselor, and educator, she is unafraid to delve into the harsh realities of addiction. Cheryl shares her 25+ years of experience and success stories to empower you to take the next step to strengthen your sobriety and ultimate recovery.

Cheryl is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and  a Diplomate and Fellow with the American Psychotherapy Association (DAPA, FAPA). She has a master’s degree in Special Education and has worked with developmentally challenged children, brain-injured adolescents and adults, and people with chronic and terminal illness. Cheryl is an OASAS Treatment Provider for the State of New York (Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services) and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

Cheryl’s past work experiences as an advocate for battered women, a home-finder for foster children, a life-skills counselor in a jail, and an alcohol and substance abuse counselor in high school enrich her work as a therapist. She is well acquainted with many social service agencies and is comfortable interacting with them as needed.

She is integrally involved in the legal cases of clients who are arrested for alcohol, drug, and domestic offenses. Cheryl has a strong working knowledge of criminal and family court matters and works closely with attorneys, the court system, and various social service agencies.

Cheryl’s private practice is located in the cozy Hudson River village of Nyack, N.Y., where she works with adolescents, adults, couples, and families.

 She is very passionate about living life to the fullest, and she savors time with family and friends.

About her career and why Cheryl wrote the book, she notes:

“This book was inspired by the struggles and relapses of so many. It is my observation that the cookie- cutter approach to recovery in rare instances has short-term benefits, but does not usually sustain itself. Whether you have had the jump-start of inpatient rehab or have attended outpatient groups, this must be followed through with a commitment to the deeper work of psychotherapy.

Having inherited an independent spirit from my father, I ventured on my own to build a private psychotherapy practice. A niche in recovery from addiction grew out of the needs of many clients, who suffered with a wide range of addictions to substances, behaviors, and beliefs that were self-harming and self-limiting. Their choices resulted in emotional upheaval, health issues, relationship agonies, financial ruination, and numerous legal problems.

Sober University’s life-affirming ideas and sober coping skills will not only offer my readers hope, but will empower them to reach for the best within themselves. Sober University connects people to their best self and offers real solutions to enrich their lives and to triumph over addiction.”