Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2009
    This description of Joachim Körkel's work was prepared when Joachim Körkel was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2009.
    Joachim, a trained psychologist who has been working in the field of rehabilitation for 20 years, is finding solutions for drug abusers to lead a self-disciplined life. While leading an alcohol detoxification center early in his career, Joachim found that immediate and total withdrawal created too high of a barrier for many addicts. He therefore began KISS, a program that lowers barriers to entry for rehabilitation, emphasizes positive personal motivations for change, and has proven effective in guiding drug users towards self-controlled lives, and ultimately, to abstinence. KISS is now active in two major German cities (Frankfurt and Hamburg) and is starting to spread to Austria and Switzerland.
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