John has been working in the treatment field for over 16 years and has been in recovery himself for over 17 years. John has earned certifications in both substance abuse counseling and anger management. John has worked in residential treatment as a case manager and anger management counselor, also facilitating domestic violence groups and counseled domestic violence perpetrators. John also later was instrumental in training new caseworkers and group facilitators. As Rise in Malibu’s Director of Admissions, John’s greatest joy is witnessing new clients’ go from a life of despair to one of hope and meaning.