James D. Shelton

James D. Shelton has been a professional in the treatment and recovery field for the past twenty-five years. Jim holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of California at Berkeley in Labor and Industrial Relations. He holds a Masters Degree from the University of North Texas in Addiction Studies. He is licensed as a Chemical Dependency Counselor, certified as a Masters Addiction Counselor, is a Loss and Grief Specialist and a Board Registered II interventionist.

Jim spent six years in the Betty Ford Center Family Program working with families of the chemically dependent. While at Betty Ford, Jim developed a program for working with the chemically dependent patients on their codependent behaviors, attitudes, beliefs and their inabilities to set boundaries or practice self-care. For Jim, these behaviors and inabilities are primary relapse triggers and impediments to emotionally contented sobriety.

Presently, Jim’s primary focus is on addiction interventions. He also presents workshops on codependency and boundary setting. Frequently Jim presents these workshops for the Betty Ford Center Family Program in Rancho Mirage, CA . He appears in two vhs/dvds titled What is Codependency? and Setting Personal Boundaries. These were produced and are distributed by FMS Productions of Carpinteria, California. He is also the author of a workbook that accompanies the productions. He currently lives in Rancho Mirage, CA where he is in private practice as the owner of Addiction Intervention Services.