Biography: A nationally recognized addiction specialist, Finnigan has been involved in all areas of recovery for over 15 years. She received her Certification in Chemical Dependency from UCLA and completed her internship at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, where she worked in Addiction Services. Finnigan was certified in Sex Addiction and Codependency at The Meadows. She received intervention training from the man who developed the process, Dr. Vern Johnson. "Intervention is a relatively new concept," she explains. "It's only been in use about 40 years. I feel extremely fortunate to have been personally trained by Dr. Johnson."
Finnigan has been affiliated as an interventionist with the Betty Ford Center, Sierra Tucson, The Meadows, Cottonwood de Tucson, Promises West and Malibu, Vista Taos, Hazelden, Talbots, Caron and other treatment centers.
Besides interventionist training, Finnigan is an expert in relapse prevention and family and individual counseling. She has extensive experience in assessment, placement and aftercare treatment. She is an experienced group facilitator for both adolescent and adult clients.
In addition, Finnigan herself has been in recovery for over 18 years. "I was inspired to go into this work because I saw that as a recovering woman, I might be able to connect with suffering people in a way that others couldn’t," she says. "It's not just my work, it’s my life."