Co-Founder, YPM

Maks Ezrin had his own experience with early addiction. He was born and raised in New York City and, as a child, enjoyed everything the city had to offer. He attended the best schools, maintained a rigorous course load and had the support of a loving family and enjoyed a wide and varied social circle.

Despite these advantages, by age 14, Maks began experimenting with drugs and alcohol. His substance dependence worsened during college, eventually leading to a near-fatal overdose in his mid-20s.

Through the help of friends and family, Maks has been sober since 2016. Recognizing the importance of early detection and the support of sober mentors, he dedicated himself to giving back and helping other young pre-addicts.

His experience propelled him to connect with leaders in the field of addiction to raise awareness for the ‘silent problem’ that most families don’t notice until it is too late. Together with Natasha Silverbell, an internationally recognized figure in the field of recovery, and Dr. Rami Kaminski, a renowned pioneer in the psychiatric field, Youth Prevention Mentors was founded.

Maks is a Recovery Coach, Certified through CARC and CCAR. He is trained and studied under Dr. Louise Stanger, LCSW, CSAT-1, CDWF, CIP and Dr. Rami Kaminski MD. Maks is a candidate for Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.