Top 10 Interventionists in the United States | Drug & Alcohol Interventionist

Published on January 15th, 2014

Here at we have taken the time to research the top 10 best drug and alcohol interventionists in the country. We have measured each interventionist based on their credentials, licenses, training, time in the field, education and more. So without further adieu, here is our Top 10 Best Interventionists in the United States.

1.) Brian O’Shea, CAI, MAAP, CSI

brian osheaBrian O’Shea is an interventionist and sober coach who co-founded Caring Interventions, LLC, in 2010 with partner Kathleen Butler. He has facilitated successful interventions and managed cases in 20 states.

Brian is certified in ARISE™ and Systemic Intervention©. He received his formal intervention training from Dr. Judith Landau, Heather R. Hayes, Wayne Raiter and Randee McGraw. He is trained in the Johnson method and in Motivational Interviewing and is a Gorksi-CENAPS®-trained Relapse Prevention Coach.

Phone: 800-956-6212

2) Dan Schimmel, LCSW, CAP

daniel schimmelDan Schimmel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Addictions Professional in the state of Florida. In 1996, Dan started working with at-risk youth in Philadelphia, PA. Today he works as the consulting Clinical Director at Beachway Therapy Center in Delray Beach, Florida. He is also working in the Social Work Department at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida as an adjunct professor. For over 15 years Dan has worked in the field of Social Work and Education, helping people of all walks of life to find strength and create more fulfilling, healthy lives for themselves.

3) Carey Davidson,Masters Addiction Counseling, ICADAC, BRI-II

carey-davidsonCarey Davidson has his Masters Degree in Addiction Counseling (MAC) from Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies. He is an Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICAADC) and Board Registered Interventionist Level 2 BRI-II. Carey is a Board Member of Arizona Board of Certification for Addiction Counselors. He is highly trained and educated in the addiction field, as well as in recovery himself with over a decade of sobriety after 16 years of chronic relapsing. Carey is dedicated to facilitating interventions because he knows personally that it works and can help break the cycle of addiction.

4) Nanette Zumwalt, CADC, CCJP, BRI II

zumwaltNanette Zumwalt is a Board Registered Interventionist II,Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor as well as an Certified Criminal Justice Professional in the state of California. She is the President/CEO of Hired Power and has worked in the mental health field and addiction recovery for over two decades. Nanette is a strong advocate for families as well as organizations struggling with addiction.

5) Kevin Dixon BRI II,CNDAI,CMAC

kevin-dixonKevin Dixon has a a degree in chemical dependency and board certification by the National Association of Drug and Alcohol Interventionists (NADAI). He is a Board Registered Interventionist (BRI II), and a Certified Master Addiction Counselor (CMAC II). Kevin has over 15 years of hands-on experience in every facet of substance abuse treatment. Working as an interventionist, life coach, consultant, treatment provider, or as the Executive Director, Kevin has helped many people to regain control of their lives.

6) Jeff Zacharias, LCSW, CAADC, BRI-I, CSAT Candidate

zachariasJeff Zacharias is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Certified Advanced Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor (CAADC) , Board Registered Interventionist (BRI-I) and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT). President/Clinical Director of New Hope Recovery Center located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, as well as opperating a private practice in the Lincoln Square area. Jeff specializes in issues related to addiction and the LGBTQI community.

7) Woody Giessmann, LADC l, CADC, BRI II

woodyWoody Giessmann is the CEO and founder of Right Turn. He has served on the Board since 2003. He has his LADC l, CADC, BRI II, as well as life experiences that have allowed him to gain a full understanding of addiction. In 1993 Woody became and addictions specialist providing innovative services, support, and ongoing encouragement for people who have been affected by addictions.

8) Tondra K. Frisby, CDCA, BRI-II, C.I.P.

tondraTondra K Frisby is Certified by OCDPB with CDCA (Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant), Trained in The Family Meeting Approach by Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery, Board Registered Interventionist Level 2 (BRI-II) by IICB, and a Certified Intervention Professional (C.I.P.) by the Pennsylvania Certification Board. Tondra battled addiction for 20 years, in 1996 she turned her life around and started her recovery, helping others in need. In 2007 Tondra started S.T.E.P. Intervention services to help individuals and families that are searching for a way out.

9) J. D’Wayne Holiday, MS, CADCII, BRI I, NCACI

dwayne J.D’Wayne Holiday has a BBA in healthcare management, a Master’s of Science in psychology, Certificate in Addiction Studies and is a Certified Addictions Counselor both Nationally and Internationally, Board Registered Interventionist, Certified National Drug and Alcohol Interventionist and, Nationally Certified Dual-Diagnosed Clinician. D’Wayne provides full service intervention, treatment placement and continuum of care services as well as behavioral healthcare consulting, development and training.

10) Dr. Jerry L. Law, D.Min. MDAAC,BRI-II, CIP

jerryDr. Jerry L. Law is a Board Registered Interventionist, Level II as well as a Certified Drug, Alcohol and Addictions Counselor, as well as holds degrees in Counseling and Theology. Jerry is currently in recovery, having devoted his life to helping others win the battle with addiction. Jerry is the creator of the Transtheoretical Intervention Protocol (TIP), an Intervention style that is based on the Johnson Model however incorporates a broad based Family Systems approach.

Honorable Mention:

Dr. Louise Stanger, Ed.D., LCSW, BRI II

stangerDr. Louise Stanger has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW, BBS #4581) for over 35 years, and specializes in substance abuse disorders, process addictions, mental health disorders, sudden trauma, grief and loss. Louise’s interventions are extremely beneficial for families who have loved ones experiencing mental health disorders and substance abuse disorders, including alcohol and other drugs, process addictions such as eating disorders, gambling, or sex addiction.