A new recovery program for those facing opioid addiction

The Island Now
Cindy Leinwand, LCSW, CASAC, A.C.T. for Recovery Program Addiction Specialist Social Worker

Sid Jacobson JCC has successfully received funding to launch the A.C.T. (Aftercare Community Transition) for Recovery Program, which seeks to support and assist individuals who are on the path to recovery from addiction, as well as their respective families.

The program will be led by the JCC’s newly hired licensed clinical social worker and certified addiction specialist, Cindy Leinwand. Services will include: individual/family counseling, support groups, spiritual support, vocational coaching, and social/recreational opportunities to support health and wellness.

“In response to the current opioid crisis and ongoing challenges of addiction within the Jewish community, Sid Jacobson JCC found it imperative to develop an aftercare recovery program,” says Michelle Laser, director of social services at Sid Jacobson JCC. “A.C.T. provides a community safety net for those seeking to re-engage in healthy living, vocational productivity, and spiritual wholeness.”

Leinwand is the A.C.T. for Recovery Program’s addiction specialist social worker. Her expertise in the field of addiction, as well as providing direct clinical addiction services both agency-based and in private practice, made Leinwand the perfect candidate for this position.

“Addiction doesn’t discriminate,” Leinwand says. “The opioid crisis is impacting families across a range of socioeconomic and religious communities.”

SJJCC also hosts monthly NERA LI (Northeast Recovery Alliance Long Island) support groups for concerned persons, special events to educate those impacted by substance abuse, and offers opportunities for health and wellness, career services, and more, to provide support, education and growth opportunities to those facing addiction challenges.

To learn more about the A.C.T. for Recovery Program and other support programs offered by SJJCC, visit or contact Leinwand at 516-484-1545 ext. 211 or and Michelle Laser, Director or Social Services at Sid Jacobson JCC, 516.484.1545 ext. 200 or

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