Interventions, Consulting, and Monitoring Services

Southworth Associates is a limited liability corporation created by John Southworth in 1998 to provide interventions, consulting, and monitoring services. John has been active in the field of substance abuse, mental health counseling and treatment since 1983. He started his professional career performing DUI evaluations for the State of Idaho. Within a year he had earned his Certified Alcohol and Drug Certification (CADC), and soon after he had performed his first intervention. In 1993, John began working with the Idaho Medical Association and the Idaho State Board of Medicine as coordinator of the Physician Recovery Network. John originally founded Southworth Associates to help facilitate his interventions and monitor a few doctors in the Physicians Recovery Network. Since 1998 Southworth Associates has grown in both scope and size. Currently Southworth Associates monitors hundreds of individuals in six different programs through our Boise headquarters. John Southworth still performs interventions on a regular basis, but now he has a large network of intervention specialists assisting him. Intervention services are available for individuals and families on the national and international level.

Medical and Professional Addiction Intervention Recovery Specialty

Southworth Associates has specialized in protecting the public from unsafe practices by impaired professionals while assisting the professional to seek the help they need for their addiction. Since its founding in 1998, Southworth Associates has been a resource for licensed professionals, their families, colleagues, and other professional affiliates. Southworth Associates works in a manner consistent with the laws and medical practice acts of the State of Idaho to provide a safe environment in a medical setting and in conjunction with the appropriate State Medical Association. Through our affiliation with the Federation of State Physician Health Programs, we can also provide services to professionals not licensed locally.

Southworth Associates will assist professionals and their families in identifying alcohol, drug, or behavioural problems that pose a potential threat to that professional, the family, or the patients/clients. Southworth Associates will work to identify and facilitate acute treatment and to provide long-term support for the professional to return to a productive place within his/her profession. While the program provides no direct counseling, treatment, or aftercare services, it does support and endorse the development of self-help groups at the local level.

John Southworth: Interventionist, Consultant, & Program Director

John Southworth has had both personal and professional experiences in the field of substance abuse and mental health for more than 40 years. He continues to use this experience and knowledge to assist individuals and families through their own personal struggles.

Through his personal battle with substance abuse he has learned that there is no cure to the disease of addiction, and 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 of the disease of addiction, and it also plays a major role in John's continued sobriety of over 30 years. The desire to educate others led John to his interest in obtaining 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), and International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (ICRC).

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 country. 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.

In 1993, in cooperation with the Idaho Medical Association and the Idaho State Board of Medicine, John began as the Program Coordinator for the Physician Recovery Network, assisting physicians in maintaining their productive careers, while working to protect the public. In 1996 John contracted with the Idaho State Board of Nursing as the Program Coordinator for the Program for Recovering Nurses, monitoring nurses in recovery to assist the Board of Nursing in providing public safety.

After the successful coordination of programs for physicians and nurses throughout the state of Idaho, John established Southworth Associates to implement similar programs to assist other professionals through the recovery process. With this concept in mind, John worked with the Idaho State Bar and the Idaho State Board of Dentistry to implement the Lawyers Assistance Program and the Program for Recovering Dental Professionals. John also formed a similar program for professionals not encompassed in the previously formed programs. The Idaho Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) is set up to help and support lawyers who are experiencing problems associated with alcohol and/or drug use or mental health issues.

One thing that John has noticed in his career spanning over two decades of coordinating successful programs in Idaho, is that the majority of people in recovery from substance abuse simply do not have access to monitoring programs. In 2005 John started Southworth Associates Monitoring (SAM) to give an under-served population the same tools for recovery that the doctors and nurses have had for years. Mirrored off of the PRN programs, the SAM program uses the same diagnostic tools and monitoring protocol.

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. 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.

Intervention Services Provided by John Southworth as Program Coordinator:

  • Interventions
  • Consulting
  • Monitoring
  • Assessments
  • Referrals
  • Relapse Management
  • Education and Research
  • Support Resource
  • Advocacy