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Through his personal battle with addiction, John Southworth has learned that there is no cure for the disease and that it can be fatal if the appropriate education and steps to recovery are not taken. This knowledge is the driving force behind John’s motivation to educate others about addiction; and in turn, plays a major role in John’s continued sobriety of over 20 years. He has had both personal and professional experience in the field of substance abuse and mental health for more than 40 years. John’s desire to educate others led him to obtain his Certification as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC). John accomplished this goal in 1984 with his certification from The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselors (NAADAC). He also is a Nationally Certified Addictions Counselor (NCAC), and an Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICAADC) (level) I. He holds membership in the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (ICRC) and also is a Board Registered Interventionist (level) II. John began his career as a licensed DUI evaluator in 1983 at the Nelson Institute. After receiving his CADC in 1984 he began providing both inpatient and outpatient counseling for groups and individuals. This experience led to a deeper desire to not only provide counseling and education, but to provide interventions which “help people help others” through the process of recovery from addiction, and also to assist those who have mental health issues. John started his professional career as an interventionist in 1984, and has since conducted hundreds of successful interventions, both nationally and internationally, on a professional and public level. He is currently a preferred interventionist for numerous prestigious treatment centers throughout the United States and abroad. John has provided, and continues to provide, training on drug abuse and awareness for school employees, local communities, physicians, nurses and other professionals. These educational events also provide resources for the recovery process and continued sobriety. Most recently, he’s spoken at the House of Lords for Rt. Honorable Lord Mancroft in Great Britain, the vice-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Drugs Misuse, as well as the United Kingdom European Symposium on Addictive Disorders (UKESAD). He continues to use this experience and knowledge to assist individuals and families through their own personal struggles. In order to maintain the highest level of services possible for individuals and families suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues, John maintains professional affiliations nationwide, including a position on the Board of Directors for both the Western Federation of Physician Health Programs and the Association of Intervention Specialists (AIS), as well as a board member position for the Reach Foundation in California. Through these affiliations, John has been able to build and maintain a comprehensive network of services throughout the world and is able to provide assistance at a moment’s notice.