Allen Schwartz is a recovery advocate who serves as a prayer chaplain at Unity of the Palm Beaches. You can hear him in episode 104 of The Path to Authenticity. As person in long-term recovery, Allen is well known in the Palm Beach County recovery community. His professional career began shortly after he moved to West Palm Beach in 1991. Over the past several decades, Allen has worked at a number of substance abuse treatment facilities in various roles, including as an admissions specialist, a behavior health technician, a group facilitator, and a community relations specialist. In addition to also serving his community as a volunteer over the years, he is an accomplished photographer.

 

If your life were a novel, what would be the title?

Life in a Canoe, Book Two

 

Where were you born?

Mt. Eden Hospital, The Bronx, New York, New York

 

Where is the place you call home?

West Palm Beach, Florida

 

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Jazz Musician

 

What is your profession?

Recovery Advocate

 

What profession, other than your own, would you like to attempt?

Author

 

What is your favorite quote?

“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy.” —Thomas Merton, from a letter to Dorothy Day

 

What is your preferred form of creative expression?

Photography

 

What is your favorite movie, song, and work of art?

End of the Road, 1970 film by Aram Avakian, based on the novel by John Barth, first published in 1958

 

Who do you admire most?

The Sufi Poet Rumi and Richard Alpert, also known as Baba Ram Dass

 

Over the course of your life, what is an issue with which you have repeatedly struggled?

Though quite happy with my adoptive parents, I have often wondered about my biological roots, and just this past year discovered both maternal and paternal relatives.

 

In childhood, who was your celebrity crush?

Sophia Loren and Doris Day

 

What historical figure would you most like to meet?

Mata Hari, born Margretha Zelle

 
 

What natural gift or ability would you most like to possess?

Healing

 

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

The Birth of My Daughter Astra

 

What quality do you admire most in a person?

Open honesty, intellectual awareness, an appreciation for the arts

 

What is something you would like to learn about?

Fluid communication in a foreign language, perhaps American Sign Language

 

What do you wish more people knew about you?

The depth of extreme depression I have experienced

 

What is your idea of success?

Happiness

 

What would you like people to say about you when you’re gone?

He was a good man!