Biography: Raised in a large and close family on Long Island, Kevin McEneaney became a recreational drug user, and then heroin addict. Through arrest and government intervention, McEneaney met Ronald Williams and began a long career at Phoenix House. His early years were in the in the area of public relations, developing outreach and fundraising campaigns, serving as liaison with neighborhoods, and writing education materials for schools. By the 1980s, McEneaney became Clinical Director. Eventually, he became Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Phoenix House Foundation. In 2006, McEneaney left Phoenix House to establish his own consulting service.
Keywords: Phoenix House; New York City; Coney Island; Morris J. Bernstein Institute; Ronald Williams; public relations; board; substance abuse; substance abuse treatment; Mitchell Rosenthal; self-help