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Providing resources and phone counseling to families in need. Over 30 years of real-life, hands-on experience and success.

Background Information

Joe Herzanek, a man who battled his own demons of addiction over thirty years ago, says, “I know people can change. If I can do it, anyone can!”  Joe’s own life struggles and practical advice offer hope and solutions to those living amidst the turmoil of someone’s alcohol and drug abuse.


From age 13 to 29, Joe battled his own drug and alcohol addiction—finally receiving treatment. He now has over 35 years of abstinence from substances. Treatment gave him the information and structure needed to begin his journey of recovery.


Joe Herzanek is the president and founder of the Colorado non profit organization, Changing Lives Foundation. As a certified addiction professional in Colorado has spent over twenty years working in the criminal justice system as the Chaplain at the Boulder County Jail and currently as the Chaplain at the Weld County Jail, Greeley, CO. Joe is the former host of Recovery Television, speaker, producer of several DVDs, including “The 10 Toughest Questions Families and Friends Ask About Addiction and Recovery” and author of the award-winning book "Why Don't They Just Quit?"


His passion is to help men and women struggling with addiction, as well as providing answers and solutions to family and friends who are searching for ways to help their loved-one begin the road to recovery.


Joe Herzanek and his wife Judy have three (adult) children, Jami, Jake, and Jessica, and enjoy the beautiful Colorado outdoors with their two Cairn Terriers, Lewis and Clark.


Joe offers words of encouragement: “Addiction is not a hopeless situation,” he writes. “Addicts and alcoholics aren’t crazy, and they can quit.”


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If you need help NOW
and just don’t know what your next steps should be,
family phone counseling with Joe Herzanek is just a call away.



Joe Herzanek is available for radio shows, media interviews, and speaking engagements (email:, or phone: (303) 775.6493).


Birth Place
Kansas City, KS USA

• President: Changing Lives Foundation

• Thirty years experience working with/counseling alcohol and drug dependent men, women and their family members

• Award-winning author of the book "Why Don't They Just Quit? What families and friends need to know about addiction and recovery"

• Former host of “Recovery Television”

• Public Speaker/Workshop Presenter

• Member: NAADAC, National Association for Addiction Professionals

• Member: AACC, American Association of Christian Counselors

• BCBC, Board Certified Biblical Counselor

• Member: Toastmasters International

• Ordination, 1996 Rocky Mountain Christian Church, Niwot, CO

• Former Boulder County Jail (Boulder, CO) Chaplain, 17 years


Additional Information

Personalized Phone Counseling with author/addiction counselor Joe Herzanek. “We appreciate the convenience of being able to call. I don’t know if my husband would have participated otherwise. Just prior to the events over the last few weeks I received your email regarding this service. It kept coming to my mind. I feel that it was God’s direction to call you. My husband reaffirmed it by telling me I did the right thing. He would not have read the book. Thanks for making yourself available.” We understand there are times when life seems so out of control and hopeless–you just can’t sit down and find answers from a book or DVD. In order to effectively come alongside and partner with you to make changes you can live with, we offer one-on-one consulting. You and your family will work with Joe to formulate a plan which will begin to restore sanity to your life–saving time, money, stress and unnecessary heartache. Begin taking the steps your family needs to end the chaos and receive specific guidance for your unique circumstances. Joe will walk you through the steps you need to take, giving you knowledge, support and confidence to “do what needs to be done—every step of the way.” You can get through this. Gain peace of mind, knowing that you are taking the steps necessary to begin healing and recovery—for your loved-one and your family. Private phone consultations are a simple, anonymous way to get help NOW. From the comfort of your home or office, no travel time—and we can link in (to a three-way call) any of your family members. . . from anywhere in the country. Call: (303) 775.6493 or Email: to learn more about this option. (call now to speak to Joe about counseling details) Note: At Changing Lives we know that the need for counseling is not run on an 8 to 5, Monday through Friday schedule. We are often available on weekends and even holidays. Please don’t hesitate to call as the need arises. What people are saying . . .* “What our family went through with my 36 year old daughter’s relapse, and being able to soak up your information like a sponge is truly a miracle. I took your advice, followed our plan and took positive action. You gave me the courage to go ahead and do simple things that have made a bad situation much better. You helped bring me the strength I need to cope with this.” ~Marilyn S. (Rochester, NY) “I ordered and read your wonderful book “Why Don’t They Just Quit?” but found that I still had questions and doubts about what my next steps should be. Scheduling time with Joe was just what I needed. I feel empowered, and not hopeless as before! He cuts through the junk and spells things out in a short, sweet and no nonsense manner–to the point with input that is positively right-on.” ~Pat M. (Loveland, Colorado)

Contact Information
Changing Lives Foundation
1855 Gemini Ct. 
Loveland CO 80537   USA
Contact Author: Joe Herzanek
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Why Don't They Just Quit?
Make a dramatic impact in the life of someone youcare about. Watching a loved one immersed in an intense battle with alcohol and drug abuse may be the most difficult, complex and harrowing experience you’ll ever have. “Why Don’t They JUST QUIT?” offers a message of hope to families and friends, giving practical solutions you can use right now.

President: Changing Lives Foundation
Changing Lives Foundation is committed to bringing to the public clear and concise information on substance abuse, drug addiction, alcoholism and compulsive behaviors. Perhaps more importantly, we focus on how individuals and families recover fromthese problems. We are convinced that people can recover and make dramatic changes in their lives.

Tried everything? Wise Counsel for Families Dealing with Substance Abuse (by phone or in person)
Learn more about Wise Counsel for Families Dealing with Substance Abuse. Phone Counseling with author/addiction counselor Joe Herzanek. Specialized to your unique situation. (in person or by phone)

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