The Institute for Optimal Recovery Staff

Allen Berger, PhD
Allen Berger, PhDFounder and CEO
Allen Berger, Ph.D., is a leading expert in the science of recovery from addiction. He has lectured and written extensively on the process of recovery, emotional sobriety, and the therapeutic value of the 12 Steps. He is the author of the popular recovery mainstays 12 Stupid Things that Mess Up Recovery and 12 Smart Things to do When the Booze and Drugs are Gone: Choosing Emotional Sobriety through Awareness and Right Action, and 12 More Stupid Things that Mess Up Recovery. For more information go to
Kristin Witzenburg
Kristin WitzenburgSocial Media Director
Kristin Witzenburg manages the websites and social media profiles in for the Optimal Recovery Institute. She has a Master of Science in Internet Marketing and a depth of experience in marketing and publishing. She is the key social media contact for Allen Berger, PhD and Herb Kaighan, and also supports other leaders in the recovery field such as the McMillen Family Foundation. For more information go to

The Institute for Optimal Recovery Contributors

Herb Kaighan
Herb KaighanSpiritual Director
Herb Kaighan, Spiritual Director, was given the gift of freedom from alcohol February 21, 1984. As a result of the application of the Twelve Steps as contained precisely in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, he experienced a profound spiritual awakening in 1988. Since then he has been very involved in carrying the message of recovery through presentations, facilitating workshops, and leading retreats. He has authored three books: Practicing the Here and Now: Being Intentional with Step 11, Twelve-Step Guide to Using the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book and Twelve Steps to Spiritual Awakening: Enlightenment for Everyone. For more information go to
Dan Griffen
Dan GriffenMen's Relationships and Masculinity Expert
Dan Griffin, M.A., is an internationally recognized author, thought leader, and expert on men’s relationships and masculinity. Dan has dedicated his life and work to exploring and redefining what it means to be a man in the 21st century. He is committed to helping men be better men by understanding the impact of the Man Rules on their lives. Dan also helps men find the success in their personal lives they are striving for in their professional ones. Griffin’s book, A Man’s Way through Relationships, is the first book written specifically to help men create healthy relationships while navigating the challenges of the “Man Rules™” — ideas men internalize at very young ages about how to be real boys and men. For more information go to