Eric is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT 93404), Master’s Level Licensed Advanced Alcohol Drug Counselor (LAADC LR02150816), Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICAADC), Certified Intervention Professional (CIP 10261), and Certified Case Manager Interventionist Masters Level. Eric has trained with some of the best interventionists in the field of addiction, including the world-renowned Ken Seeley from the hit show Intervention, world-renowned Eric Mclaughlin, and the late John Southworth. Eric has held clinical positions as an Addictions therapist, Primary therapist, Chemical Dependency Counselor, Substance Abuse Counselor, and Lead group facilitator at some of the most prestigious treatment centers in the world, including The Betty Ford Center.
For the last 20 years, Eric has been driven to assist others in the battle against the disease of addiction. Eric’s own personal experience with a family member’s battle with addiction drives his passion to help other families in their journey to recovery. Eric views the intervention process as a loving and caring way of helping families and their loved ones break the cycle of addiction. He believes his genuine and authentic approach allows him to connect with and meet family members where they are emotionally.
In an addition to working with adults this approach has also given Eric a foundation in working with children and adolescents whose loved ones have struggled with addiction. During his time at The Betty Ford Center, Eric worked as a Counselor in the Children’s and Family program where he used experiential activities to help children talk to their loved ones about how their addiction has affected them. He believes this process is extremely effective in helping people lessen the burden of addiction by getting rid of the rocks in their bag. Eric credits one of his mentors, Jerry Moe from the Betty Ford Center Children’s Program with teaching him this valuable strategy.
Eric uses person-centered, evidence based and systems based practices in working with loved ones and their families to facilitate changes to promote recovery. He strongly believes that intervention is the changing of the entire family system, so each family member is able to make positive changes to better themselves. He feels that the intervention process is just the beginning of creating a physically and emotionally healthy family system. Eric uses his systems based approach to help the family learn their roles, create new ones and to educate on healthy and unhealthy boundaries. He believes this helps mend the pain caused by addiction. Eric truly believes the family is one of, if not the most crucial part in a loved one’s addiction. By changing the family system, the person suffering from addiction and the family are more likely to be successful in their own long term recovery process. Eric strives for complete recovery for the entire family system.
In his spare time Eric loves spending time with his family, playing with his children and watching UGA football.