ABOUT OUR INTERVENTIONIST
JB Yewell, MPA, CAI, MSAC(c)
Leaving behind a successful career in business and finance, JB has shifted his focus to sharing the gift of recovery with others. He brings with him passion and a unique, first-hand experience with trauma and addiction. He has helped numerous men and women find true peace in recovery.
Before coming to Sabino Recovery JB served as a Finance Director for one of the largest automotive groups in the country. He holds a Master’s in Public Administration and is a candidate for a Master’s in Addiction Counseling. He also trained under Dr. Judith Landau to become a Certified ARISE® Interventionist.
My Personal Story
Getting and staying sober was one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life. It has also been the most rewarding! For years I struggled with alcoholism and eventually, heroin addiction. It took me to places I never thought I would be. For those on the outside, I had it all together; the beautiful family and a great job. On the inside, I was miserable and suffering. I didn’t know how to process traumatic events from my childhood, I was maladjusted to life. Depression and anxiety had me in a headlock I did not believe I would ever escape.
Over time, I began to lose it all. Relapse after relapse led to lower and lower bottoms. My wife lost all trust, my marriage was surely on its last leg. I had been using for such a long time I barely knew who my children were. They most certainly did not know their father. Worst of all, I no longer knew myself. I couldn’t stand to make eye contact with myself in a mirror. The person looking back was unrecognizable. I was losing everything. I couldn’t keep a job. I had lost every friendship I had. I was confined to a life of isolation. Just me and my maladaptive thoughts. I didn’t care, trauma and addiction had imprisoned me. It controlled every decision I made. The end was certainly near.
What finally happened for me was nothing short of a miracle. After countless attempts at treatment and sobriety, I was finally given the gift of desperation. My family surrounded me with unending love and support. At that moment, I knew that my disease would provide one of two things: life or death. I chose life. I entered a program that allowed me time to rediscover myself. I learned how to cope with the issues that had been plaguing me for so long. I developed healthy, loving relationships. I was given one more opportunity at being the husband and father I was meant to be. I am living a life beyond my dreams. New doors have begun to open, for the first time in my entire life I feel free. Free to be the person I was meant to be. Free to be honest with myself and others. Finally free from the chains of trauma and addiction.