SGR Ep92 - The Intervention W/ Ken Seeley & John Southworth

The Intervention

This episode was recorded live from Nashville at the Innovations In Behavioral Health conference hosted by Foundations Recovery Network.

Ken Seeley and John Southworth are regulars on the A&E program Intervention. They are addiction recovery case management and intervention specialists who know the heartbreak addiction causes families and the tremendous effort and solidity of purpose required by everyone involved to save a loved one from addiction.

John Southworth is a recovering alcoholic and addict who first detoxed in 1972 using the aversion method. The facility he was treated in injected him with a powerful drug that makes a person violently ill when exposed to alcohol. John now runs Southworth Associates International, specializing in interventions, consulting, and monitoring.

Ken Seeleey was a meth addict and drug dealer whose addiction was intervened and he only quit because he was going to lose his job. He now believes that one of the only ways to get addicts to consider going into treatment is by making them acutely aware of the consequences of their addictions.

Both of these men know how crucial having a skilled interventionist and a case manager is for the success of a patient's recovery, but insurance companies have never paid for this part of addiction treatment. So Ken Seeley and John Southworth took it upon themselves to take the bureaucratic steps necessary to make case management and intervention billable to insurance. They paid out of their own pockets to travel the country on a mission to make this specialized area an accredited field.

Now they are training the very first accredited CCMI case managers and interventionists in their new program!

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