Quarantine and Isolation: An Increase in Alcohol Use and Domestic Violence

This session discusses maladaptive behaviors and the lack of coping skills as it correlates with an increase in alcohol and drug use. We examine how isolation affects people in recovery, how alcohol use may contribute to an increase in domestic violence incidents as well as a look at different coping mechanisms for staying healthy.


Kenneth Ginlack

Kenneth Ginlack is a mental health and substance use disorder therapist. He earned his undergraduate degree from Upper Iowa University in human services with an emphasis in social work. He earned his graduate degree from Loyola University in social work. He has worked in all levels of care including medically monitored patients, youth in out-of-home placement, and individuals in correctional settings.

Prior to accepting the position of CEO and Executive Director of Serenity Inns, he served as the Director of Outpatient Programs for the Milwaukee County Behavior Health Division (BHD), and as an ad-hoc instructor at the University of Wisconsin Continuing Education extension program. At UW-Milwaukee, Ken instructs professionals on best practices for clinical supervision. He is the President of the Board of Directors for Revive Youth and Family Services, a Board member for SALS Recovery Houses & Coaching, and previously served as Vice President of the Board of Directors for Daystar Inc. Most recently, Ken was invited to become a member of the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board. Mr. Ginlack is a recipient of the President’s Award at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) for his academic achievements and outstanding work in the community. At the 2022 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – Wisconsin Annual Conference, Ken was honored amongst his colleagues and received the prestigious IRIS Award for Outstanding Mental Health Professional, for his dedication and commitment to promoting recovery and improving the treatment and quality of life for people affected by mental illness.

Ken is known for his many contributions and volunteerism to various non-profit agencies throughout Milwaukee. He is a master-level social worker and holds the following licensures in Wisconsin: licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), clinical substance abuse counselor (CSAC), and independent clinical supervisor (ICS).