Carmine Thompson is a Board Registered Interventionist, Certified Recovery Support Specialist, National Drug & Alcohol Interventionist and National Master Interventionist II with over 16 years of sobriety. After accepting a position in 2006 as an Admissions Coordinator with a Leading Treatment Provider in Laguna Beach, CA, he quickly pursued becoming an Interventionist. It proved to be a natural extension of his skill-set and offered him the opportunity to better serve families in crisis.
Concerned with the high recidivism rate among the newly sober, he focused more of his attention on working as a Recovery Coach with a Recognized Holistic Addiction Treatment Program in Miami, FL. Having guided hundreds of clients through early recovery, he was inspired to develop a practical relapse prevention plan. Based on two key cornerstones of recovery: “Capacity To Be Honest & Surrendering With Gratitude,” these intangible building blocks are essential to achieving sustainable sobriety.
He also provides recommendations on addiction treatment, harm reduction, conditional releases and alternative means of sentencing to Good Morning America’s long-time legal analyst, Dana M. Cole.
What Drives Me To This Day
My brother called me from Florida. He just moved there from NY. He sounded crazed and incensed. I thought, “how unfortunate, he must be loaded again.” I was busy at work and not in the mood to hear his psychobabble nonsense. I couldn’t wait to rush him off the phone and say goodbye.
During our brief conversation, he told me he was going to Jamaica. He did so the next day. I received another call. This one was from the Jamaican authorities telling me he was dead. He overdosed his first night on the island. I am crying now…
I wish I had listened and done more to help Tommy. He was sick and asking for help in a language that addicts often do, which isn’t easily understood.
I have since learned that language firsthand. It is used to make a difference in the lives of those suffering from addiction.
My hope is that others won’t have to experience this same loss. I am here to help in any way possible.
Carmine Thompson, BRI II, CRSS, CNDAI, CMI II
Founder, Board Registered Interventionist