Joel Pomales

Travels from New Jersey

Joel Pomales clearly speaks on what needs to be done to achieve and sustain recovery.  He is well versed in the much needed supports and services that will assist others and knows that stigma has got to go!  

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Joel Pomales is a speaker who believes that recovery should be accessible to everyone.  A long time recovery spokesperson in New Jersey, Joel has a vision for others and understands the supports and services that need to be more readily available.  He speaks to inspire empowerment in others and hopes his words will encourage conversation without shame.  Joel believes that more people need to understand that addiction is an illness - that needs treatment, rather than a moral failing. 

Joel is currently the Clinical Outreach Coordinator and Director of Advocacy for SOBA College Recovery.  He also works with Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention where he fills the role of Recovery Specialist, providing non-clinical support to those reversed from opioid overdose.

An advocacy leader, Joel is a representative with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence in NJ and is also one of the original founding members of New Jersey's Young People in Recovery and currently serves as a recruitment leader.  He is a board member with the New Jersey Alliance of Recovery Residences, and is certified as a home inspector for recovery residences in the State of New Jersey.   He is a member of the Middlesex County Local Advisory Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and Prevention Links.

A person in long term recovery from multiple substances, Joel is dedicated to helping others find and sustain recovery.  He speaks to raise awareness and eliminate the stigma that surrounds addiction and recovery, as well as to make treatment and recovery more accessible to those in need through drug policy and criminal justice reform.  He spends a lot of his time speaking at many local town hall meetings, forums, and events, but Joel also immensely enjoys his friends and family, great conversation, and hearty laughter.

We are sick people who need treatment, not bad people who need to be punished.
— Joel Pomales