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Portraits of Recovery: Doreen Schenkenberger

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September 2022

This podcast episode features a conversation between host Karen Friedman and Doreen Schenkenberger, about her journey of recovery from alcoholism that started when she was 13 years old to her current role where she leads a statewide organization in Alaska that helps others with substance abuse recovery.


In this Justice Today episode, Karen Friedman, the host and director of Criminal Justice Innovation, Development, and Engagement, at the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), interviews Doreen Schenkenberger about her journey of recovery from alcoholism. Schenkenberger recounts her substance abuse recovery journey and her resultant dedication to help others do the same, describing her role as chief executive officer of Partners for Progress in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Schenkenberger describes how Partners for Progress plays an important role in the work of drug and treatment courts in 10 Alaskan cities, and operates a center for formerly incarcerated people as they re-enter society, and how it has organized a statewide network of drug-court alumni that has given rise to a national movement.

Date Published: September 1, 2022