Internationally known interventionist John Southworth and advocate and treatment center founder Arlene Rosen are the latest recipients of Heroes in Recovery's Lifetime Achievement Award, presented this week at Foundations Recovery Network's Innovations in Recovery conference in San Diego.
Southworth, who began his work in the addiction field in 1983 as a DUI evaluator at the Nelson Institute, established Southworth Associates International in 1998. The Boise, Idaho-based company offers interventions, consulting and monitoring services. Southworth, who is in long-term recovery, is in his 30th year as an interventionist.
Rosen became active in the addiction field after her son Michael lost his battle with the disease. She established a foundation in his name, took courses to enhance her knowledge of clinical services and marketing, and opened the treatment facility Michael's House in Palm Springs, Calif., in 1989. Rosen is a longtime board member at the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD).
The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to honor individuals whose work reflects the ideals of the Heroes in Recovery movement. Heroes in Recovery seeks to educate communities about addiction and mental illness and to encourage individuals to share their recovery stories.