John Southworth had his own personal battle with addiction and learned there is no cure for the disease and that without the appropriate education and steps to recovery, it can be fatal. This knowledge was the driving force behind John’s motivation to educate others about addiction and it also played a major role in John’s continued sobriety of over 30 years. He had both personal and professional experiences with substance abuse and mental health work for more than 40 years.
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”. John started his professional career as an interventionist in 1984 and was able to conduct hundreds of successful interventions, both nationally and internationally. He was also a preferred interventionist for numerous prestigious treatment centers throughout the United States and abroad.
John provided trainings on drug abuse and awareness for school employees, local community agencies and groups of health care professionals. He was a national speaker at major conferences and events in the addiction field. He spoke 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) as well as numerous conferences in the United States. He, along with other prominent interventionists, provided trainings for other individuals aspiring to be interventionists or those wanting to further develop their intervention skills. He was passionate about sharing his own knowledge of intervention and the substance abuse field to help train new leaders in the industry so we can all assist individuals and families through their own personal struggles.
John believed in the importance of credentialing and in adhering to the standards and rules of those credentialing bodies. John was a certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) through the state of Idaho as well as through the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselors (NAADAC) as a Nationally Certified Addiction Counselor (NCAC), Level I. Furthermore, he was an Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICAADC) and a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP) through the Pennsylvania Certification Board.
In order to maintain the highest level of services possible for individuals and families suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues, John also maintained professional affiliations nationwide and was a member of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) as well as a committee member of the Association of Intervention Specialists (AIS) and the Federation of State Physician Health Programs (FSPHP). Through these affiliations, John was able to build and maintain a comprehensive network of services throughout the world, and was able to provide assistance at a moment’s notice.
His legacy is being carried on by Benjamin Seymour, CADC who took over as director for Southworth Associates when John passed in November 2017. He also now serves as Program Coordinator for the Idaho Physicians Recovery Network, Program for Recovering Nurses, the Lawyers Assistance Program and our Recovery Enhancement Program. He will continue to carry on John Southworth’s vision of helping anyone in crisis, anywhere and anytime.
Quotes from John
Anyone can diagnose an alcoholic when they are horizontal. We need to intervene before they are horizontal.
When dealing with friends and the family of abuser, the descriptive term “denial” does not refer to a river. The family is frequently in denial. They want to wait until summer, or Thanksgiving before doing anything. There is not a good day for a car wreck, and there is not a good day for an intervention. JUST DO IT!