Joel Levine Gives Substance Abuse Presentation

On Wednesday March 26th, Joel Levine visited MERSD to give a talk about his former drug and alcohol addiction to students, parents, and faculty. Joel’s sister, MERHS physical education teacher and athletic trainer Jillian Levine, and his father, Herb Levine, accompanied Joel during the presentation in order to give their support and to share their personal experiences with Joel’s addiction.

A crowd made up of students, parents, and teachers attended the presentation. Joel Levine discussed how he now has an allergy to drugs and alcohol called the “Phenomenon of Craving”. Even with withdrawal symptoms sometimes creeping up on him he gets through it. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A crowd made up of students, parents, and teachers attended the presentation. Joel Levine discussed how he now has an allergy to drugs and alcohol called the “Phenomenon of Craving”. Even with withdrawal symptoms sometimes creeping up on him he gets through it. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

As a part of Joel Levine’s video, his younger sister Jillian was interviewed about what she went through because of her brother’s addiction.  Jillian Levine is an athletic trainer and physical education teacher for MERSD.  Jillian talked about how she knew about her older brother’s problem, yet she was too scared to tell anyone about it. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
As a part of Joel Levine’s video, his younger sister Jillian was interviewed about what she went through because of her brother’s addiction. Jillian Levine is an athletic trainer and physical education teacher for MERSD. Jillian talked about how she knew about her older brother’s problem, yet she was too scared to tell anyone about it. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
When Joel Levine first became sober, a doctor helped him and his family create a video telling his story, which was shown to the audience during this presentation.  After his parents found out about his drug problem, Joel had to be frequently drug tested and had to take withdrawal medication.  This medication was given to him by his mother who made sure that he swallowed it after every dose. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
When Joel Levine first became sober, a doctor helped him and his family create a video telling his story, which was shown to the audience during this presentation. After his parents found out about his drug problem, Joel had to be frequently drug tested and had to take withdrawal medication. This medication was given to him by his mother who made sure that he swallowed it after every dose. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
During Joel Levine’s presentation, his father Herb periodically took the microphone and added in his opinion to Joel’s story.  Herb told about how he and his wife noticed his son’s behavioral and physical changes as Joel became more involved with illegal substances. Credit: Liam Crossen for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
During Joel Levine’s presentation, his father Herb periodically took the microphone and added in his opinion to Joel’s story. Herb told about how he and his wife noticed his son’s behavioral and physical changes as Joel became more involved with illegal substances. Credit: Liam Crossen for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Joel Levine took the stage and further discussed his perspective of his drug addiction. Joel went to Endicott College and had a .71 GPA due to skipping almost all of his classes.  Joel spoke about how he lost countless friends because of his drug and alcohol problem. Credit: Liam Crossen for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Joel Levine took the stage and further discussed his perspective of his drug addiction. Joel went to Endicott College and had a .71 GPA due to skipping almost all of his classes. Joel spoke about how he lost countless friends because of his drug and alcohol problem. Credit: Liam Crossen for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Police officers from Manchester and Essex listen while Herb Levine presents the different circumstances both him and his family had to overcome while overcoming the drug addiction of Joel Levine. After the assembly when the Levine’s were accepting questions the officer asked, “Could you speak about the transition from marijuana to other drugs? I do believe that marijuana is a gateway drug”. The Levine’s then shared their opinion in which they agreed with the officer. Credit: Liam Crossen for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Police officers from Manchester and Essex listen while Herb Levine presents the different circumstances both him and his family had to overcome while overcoming the drug addiction of Joel Levine. After the assembly when the Levine’s were accepting questions the officer asked, “Could you speak about the transition from marijuana to other drugs? I do believe that marijuana is a gateway drug”. The Levine’s then shared their opinion in which they agreed with the officer. Credit: Liam Crossen for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Father and former superintendent Herb Levine came to the middle high school to discuss his son’s previous addictions to drugs and alcohol. Herb Levine and his family struggled in helping their family member overcome a powerful addiction. Credit: Liam Crossen for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Father and former superintendent Herb Levine came to the middle high school to discuss his son’s previous addictions to drugs and alcohol. Herb Levine and his family struggled in helping their family member overcome a powerful addiction. Credit: Liam Crossen for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Joel Levine stands with his father, Herb, after the presentation.  He discusses how during his addiction to drugs, the amount of drugs and the intensity of the drugs he was taking increased rapidly. Joel quickly became addicted to heroin because the high was inexistent after doing other drugs. Joel says, “Heroin brought me to my knees quicker than anything else could”. He also talked about how he was feeling like he just wanted to die at times and wondered why he “would wake up every morning and be upset that the drugs I took the night before didn’t kill me. I am thankful to be alive”. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Joel Levine stands with his father, Herb, after the presentation. He discusses how during his addiction to drugs, the amount of drugs and the intensity of the drugs he was taking increased rapidly. Joel quickly became addicted to heroin because the high was inexistent after doing other drugs. Joel says, “Heroin brought me to my knees quicker than anything else could”. He also talked about how he was feeling like he just wanted to die at times and wondered why he “would wake up every morning and be upset that the drugs I took the night before didn’t kill me. I am thankful to be alive”. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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