John Southworth


Southworth and Associates


John Southworth

John Southworth’s career in the field of addiction medicine began over 40 years ago, when he chose to fight back against his own addiction and obtain training he could use in order to help others find their own path toward recovery. He has a particular interest in helping people who have both addictions as well as mental health issues.

Southworth is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He is also a Nationally Certified Addictions Counselor, and an Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Level 1. He is also a Board Registered Interventionist, Level II, and he is a member of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium.

Southworth began working as an interventionist in 1984, and since that time, he’s performed hundreds of interventions, both in the United States as well as abroad. He also works hard to educate lawmakers and members of the community about addiction. He’s spoken to the House of Lords in Great Britain, as well as the United Kingdom European Symposium on Addictive Disorders.

In his work, Southworth focuses on encouraging clients to accept the help that rehab can provide, but he also focuses on educating family members about the addictive process. He finds that families also struggle with inertia and denial, just as addicted people do, and the whole family must learn, grow and heal together. The education that Southworth provides during the planning stages of the intervention can help families to get started on that process.

While Southworth has a large body of work to draw upon, he remains committed to learning more about addiction and using that knowledge to provide even more profound help to his clients. In order to help him stay up-to-date, he’s a member of Reach Foundation in California, as well as the Western Federation of Physician Health Programs and the Association of Intervention Specialists.

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