John Mabry serves as Director of Public Outreach and the host of ‘High Sobriety’ podcast for Addiction Campuses. He has a Masters in Counseling, is an inventor, award-winning speaker, actor and stuntman with 12 years in the Screen Actors Guild. He has worked on NCIS, ER, the movie Superbad, among others. His work has been featured in People magazine, USA Today and Access Hollywood. He has also competed in triathlons. All of these accomplishments followed a leg amputation from a car accident which also killed a friend while attending college in Texas.
Mabry struggled with addiction, depression and PTSD for over a decade following his leg amputation. Things got significantly worse, however, after he found his brother dead from a drug overdose in his Beverly Hills home.
John went from parties at the Playboy mansion with Adam Sandler and Emma Stone to living in a trailer on the banks of the Cumberland River in Tennessee. His downward spiral reached an all-time high after he was fired by radio/TV personal finance guru Dave Ramsey as a result of his addictions. This led him to finally asking for help. John spent the next several years in multiple rehabs. The last one he went to was an Addiction Campuses facility, where things finally clicked.
Out of all the turmoil arose the opportunity for Mabry to help develop Addiction Campuses’ Drug-Free Workplace Training program and be named the host of their ‘High Sobriety’ podcast. Recent guests on his show include members of the Grammy-winning rock bands Korn and 3 Doors Down, Chuck Negron, a founding member of Three Dog Night, world-renowned tattoo artist, Freddy Negrete, Lindsay Lohan’s dad, Michael, as well as many leaders in the field of addiction and mental health, such as Johann Hari, Dr. Daniel Sumrok and Dr. Lee Norton.
Mabry spends much of his time speaking out on the stigma of addiction and mental health. He also has a passion for talking with audiences about the importance of processing early childhood trauma or adverse childhood experiences. This became apparent to John when a trauma therapist gave him Crayons and compassion, which opened the floodgates for early trauma in John’s life that shaped his addictive mindset way before his car accident and brother’s death. Research confirms that not acknowledging early negative experiences, like abuse, neglect, parental separation, bullying, etc. leads to significantly higher chances of being addicted later in life. Letting people know there is hope out of these negative experiences is key to curbing the addiction and opioid epidemic our country is in right now.