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About Me

Intervention and Addiction Counseling

“My personal recovery journey began several decades ago when my family loved me enough to intervene on my addiction.  To this day I see their actions as the kindest thing they could've done for me.  Their efforts not only saved my life, but awakened a deep desire to help others end the addiction cycle for themselves and their families.”

– Joseph Kirkpatrick, PhD, LPC, CAI


Dr. Joseph Kirkpatrick is an Addiction Specialist and Professional Interventionist, with specialized training and experience in Trauma/PTSD and Family Conflict.  He finds true meaning and joy when clients regain hope and stability through the recovery process, and families heal from the hurt created by the behaviors associated with various addictions and other mental disorders.  Joseph uses powerful, evidence-based techniques, along with ARISE Intervention skills as the foundation to providing invitational, effective treatment in a non-judgmental and confidential setting.


After completing an American Psychological Association (APA) internship in Counseling, Joseph earned a Ph.D. in Counseling, with an outside emphasis in Psychology, from the University of Georgia in 1984.  He was granted the designation of Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) by the State of Georgia in 1992, and most recently became certified as an ARISE Interventionist in 2014.  In addition, he has consistently pursued continuing education above what is required for his credentials.


Dr. Kirkpatrick has been practicing excellence in the mental health field for decades.  His extensive experience and training allow him to offer psychotherapy and intervention services uniquely designed for each client’s individual needs.

How My Own Addiction Inspired Me to Help Others

In this blog, I share my own personal story of recovery from addiction and the reason I have devoted much of my professional life to helping addicts and their families recover from substance abuse.


Recently I read something I really liked in the Facebook group Voices to End Addiction and Inspire Recovery. The young lady sharing her story said, “I live my recovery out loud, so others don’t have to die quietly.”  I’ve been reflecting on writing my story in a blog for months now, and the woman sharing hers gave me the inspiration to tell my own story ...


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