Tom Horvath joins hosts Dan Griffin and Kristin Sunanta Walker for a discussion about his panel presentation at The Evolution of Addiction conference in Februrary 2017, Los Angeles CA. Tom is a Past President of the Society on Addiction Psychology of the American Psychological Association (APA) and a Fellow of the APA. He is author of Sex, Drugs, Gambling & Chocolate: A Workbook for Overcoming Addictions, and owner of Practical Recovery, an addiction treatment facility in San Diego.
He was one of the founders of SMART Recovery (in 1994) and was president for 20 years.  SMART is an international, non-profit network of free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups, face-to-face or online, for abstaining from any substance or activity addiction.

Mick Meagher is a California State Bar member. He represents clients in Federal and State courts. His practice consists of matters related to SLAPP Litigation, Business Litigation and Consumer Protection. His SLAPP representation is primary focused on defense from SLAPP suits. In Business Litigation the focus is on contracts, trade secrets, and unfair business practices. His Consumer Protection Litigation addresses matters related to violations of the federal and state Fair Debt Collection Practices Acts. He holds a business degree, and prior to entering law spent over 17 years in Chemical Dependency Treatment, Intervention training, Treatment facility management and consulting.

Mick wrote the book Beginning of a Miracle: How to Intervene with the Addicted or Alcoholic Person. This book has been described as one of the best books ever written on the subject Intervention. Mick teaches the reader how to develop strategies to overcome the denial present in anyone who suffers from chemical dependence.

His business consulting service ranged from restructuring treatment centers that were failing to provided training for over 5,000 professionals to establish Intervention services. Participants in his programs include Attorneys in MCLE programs, members of Physician Well-Being Committees, Physicians, Therapists, Educators and business leaders.
Mick is one of the presenters at the Evolution of Addiction Treatment conference held in Los Angeles in February 2017.  What an amazing guest and proud, very, to air this show!
For more information about Mick, please visit his website at

Dr. Kevin McCauley is a non-practicing physician who has worked in the field of addiction treatment for nearly two decades. Kevin first became interested in the treatment of substance use disorders while serving as a Naval Flight Surgeon for Marine Corps heavy-lift helicopter and fighter/attack squadrons. Due to the Navy’s policy toward treating such disorders as a safety (rather than moral) issue, he witnessed pilots self-report their addiction since they knew they would be treated medically and, once safe to do so, returned to flying status under careful monitoring. “These were charismatic and otherwise highly-capable, self-disciplined pilots who did come forward and ask for help – and they all got better and went back to flying! That just destroyed the prejudice I had picked up in medical school that addicts never ask for help and once an addict, always an addict.”
Kevin has over ten years of continuous sobriety and has worked in a non-clinical capacity at several treatment centers giving lectures on the neuroscience of addiction and recovery management concepts. His career path has taken him from Orange County, California to Salt Lake City, Utah where he currently serves as Director of Program Services at New Roads Behavioral Health in Sandy and Provo. He has given over two thousand lectures on addiction and recovery throughout the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe and Australia. His main interest is the debate over whether or not addiction can rightfully be considered a “disease.”
Kevin is a senior fellow at The Meadows as is our co-host, Dan Griffin, of Griffin Recovery Enterprises.

Jean M. Campbell is a Board Certified Trainer, Educator and Practitioner of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy, a Fellow of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama, a Practitioner and Trainer of Psychodramatic Bodywork®, a Masters Level Certified Experiential Therapist, an EMDR practitioner, a Level II Reiki practitioner, and is currently training in Somatic Experiencing®. In addition, Jean has extensive teaching experience, including as an Adjunct Professor at San Diego University for Integrative Studies, San Diego, CA; as an Instructor at UCLA Extension, University of California, Los Angeles, CA; as a Faculty Member at Ryokan College in Los Angeles, CA; as a Psychodrama Trainer at Onsite Workshops in Cumberland Furnace, TN, and as a Program Faculty Member of the I*CARE (Interpersonal Communication and Relationship Enhancement) Program at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

Jean is one of the presenters at the February 2017 Evolutions of Addiction Treatment conference in Los Angeles, CA.

Our very own Dan Griffin, author and men’s trauma specialist, takes over as host for this show with co-host Kristin Sunanta Walker.  More information about Dan can be found at

Herb Kaighan is one of the presenters at the February 2017 Evolution of Addiction Treatment conference in Los Angeles, CA. He joins us today to talk about his presentation, his life’s work, and why he does what he does!  He was given the gift of freedom from alcohol February 21, 1984. As a result of the application of the Twelve Steps as contained “precisely” in the AA Big Book he experienced a profound spiritual awakening in 1988. Since then he has been very involved in carrying the message of recovery through presentations, facilitating workshops, and leading retreats.

He has authored: Twelve-Step Guide to Using the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book (2004)

Twelve Steps To Spiritual Awakening; Enlightenment for Everyone (2010)

Many have found them helpful for accessing the instructions and confirming the actual process contained in the Big Book for experiencing a spiritual awakening. His personal journey includes seven years in seminary, a graduate education in psychology, and a 40+ year career in human resources consulting, from which he retired in November, 2006. He has conducted workshops on a variety of topics for the LA Department of Mental Health Clergy Academy. He is an adjunct professor at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, California teaching a full semester course on Twelve-Step Spirituality. He regularly provides spiritual direction based on the Twelve Steps for anyone seeking help with their spiritual journey.

A presenter at this years Evolution of Addiction Treatment Conference in Los Angeles, CA, February 2nd through the 5th, Judy Voruz shares her treatment approach using Wise Caring.

She began her career 30 years ago with a passion and interest for working with addicts and their families.  Since 1985, she has worked as a family counselor specializing in helping families and individuals struggling with addiction. She holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Masters Certification in Alcohol and Drug Counseling. For five years, She served as a family counselor at the world-renowned Hazelden/Betty Ford Foundation, where she developed curriculum for their family residential program.

Dr. Bohall is currently a psychological assistant for CHE Services; he provides psychotherapy and psychological assessment services to acute patients in psychiatric skilled nursing facilities. He also serves as a clinical forensic psychological consultant for numerous organizations throughout the greater Los Angeles area where he writes grants for funding opportunities, develops programs for a variety of clinical and forensic populations, provides staff clinical training, and develops research. He is recognized as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (C.R.C.) through the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC), and as a Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) through the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC). He also holds a state certification as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor-II (CADC-II) through the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP). Dr. Bohall has primarily been involved in the field of forensic psychology as he has provided psychotherapy and assessment to a variety of criminal justice clients in the outpatient, inpatient, and correctional settings. He has also completed drug treatment court assessments and made recommendations on client eligibility and appropriateness to participate in the drug treatment court process. He joins hosts Kristin Sunanta Walker and Dan Griffin to discuss his work in depth!

He can be reached at

Dr. Bohall is a presenter at The Evolution of Addiction Treatment conference February of 2017 in Los Angeles, Ca.

Jean-Francois Benoist is the creator of Core Belief Restructuring™ (CBR) and the founder of The Exclusive Addiction Treatment Center in Hawaii. He is a certified professional counselor trained at The Option Institute International Learning and Training Center. He began his studies in human development and empowerment in 1983 with Robert Hargrove and Relationships, Inc., and has been deeply involved in mentoring others and training leaders for over twenty years. Jean-Francois is a worldwide leader in the men’s empowerment non-profit ManKind Project, which focuses on shame-release and support systems for healing.
Author of The Exclusive Guide to Becoming Deeply Happy, Jean-Francois has a depth of experience in helping individuals, couples and families address and heal issues involving addictions, physical violence, sexual abuse, relationship concerns, bereavement, critical health challenges, eating disorders, conflict resolution, and depression. He is versed in individual therapy as well as group counseling. The direct correlation between deeply-held beliefs and painful addictions is Jean-Francois’ highly-refined specialty. He is experienced and rigorously trained in a Socratic methodology and deep listening, enabling him to impart powerful life-changing skills that create immediate results.

Carmen Donato, BA, CATC III has worked with CAADE since 2014. She is currently the Outreach Coordinator for CAADE and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts in Human Services, with a concentration in Mental Health Recovery. She also has a Certificate of Completion in Alcohol & Drug Studies from Long Beach City College, one of CAADE’s accredited programs. She is credentialed as a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor and Certified Prevention Specialist under CAADE’s organization. She is currently at Cal State University, Dominguez Hills, earning her Master’s Degree in Social Work and plans on also earning a Doctorate Degree in Forensics Psychology once completing her MA and after becoming an LCSW. Carmen loves her ministry, hanging with friends, spending time with family, different types of music, and learning new cultures. She wishes to also teach in the field of mental health, substance abuse, and addiction studies. Carmen is currently an Integrated Behavioral Health Clinician at St. John’s. Well Child and Family Center providing direct services to Spanish speaking, under-deserved low SES, Co-Occurring Dx, LGBTQIA+, and/or Dual Dx individuals, while using a holistic approach and working with a Muti-Disciplinary team.
CAADE was a part of The Evolution of Addiction Treatment conference held in Los Angeles  California in 2017.

Kristina Padilla is a leader with the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP), where she serves as the Director of Education. She also is Director of Business Development wherein she travels throughout California and the nation bringing addiction focused businesses together to promote the profession, increase access to services and improve the quality of AOD service provision through education, business development, and investment in quality programming.  Formerly she served as the Education Director for the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC). Ms. Padilla led California’s innovative criminal justice program serving as the Offender Mentor Certification Program Director for three years where she managed 12 in-prison programs for training counselors. She worked closely with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in California prisons for the duration of the contract bringing innovation and growth to the state’s in custody treatment programming.  Ms. Padilla has a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice Administration and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. Ms. Padilla is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, a Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LAADC), and an International Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (ICAADC). She is also a Certified Gang Specialist of the National Gang Crime Research Center (NGCRC) and is on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and their Allies (NALGAP).


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