About South Florida Intervention
Freedom from Addiction
In 2004, I reached the point of losing everything including my wife and two-year-old daughter. I had become hopelessly addicted to prescription drugs and had taken to drinking every night to come down from being high. I was a hundred pounds overweight as a result of also being a food addict and compulsive binge eater. I was fired from my job as a commercial real estate broker for under performance and absenteeism. Everything I had was slipping away - my car was repossessed in the middle of the night and my emotional state was a consistent feeling of simmering depression and hopelessness.
By the time I was admitted in the rehab, my wife had gone through an exhausting two years of trying to fix me. Our marriage had been all but destroyed by my poor choices and acting out. I did things under the influence of drugs and alcohol I would not do sober. She had already consulted a divorce attorney and had completely given up on our relationship. It was on my daughter’s second birthday when my wife had finally had enough.
She called my parents to inform them of my drug addiction and my lack of contribution to the families economic upkeep. Upon the advice of a family friend who was familiar with drug addiction, my parents offered me the opportunity to go to a rehab center or face the consequences of my behavior alone.
I had no choice but to accept treatment; my life had reached a dark and empty space compared to a couple of years earlier. Like many drug addicts, I knew if I continued on this path I would not see my daughter’s third birthday. I would either die of a drug overdose or end the misery myself.
When I arrived at the Betty Ford Center I had no conception of a life without drugs and alcohol. The idea that I could be restored to my former happiness felt impossible.
Once in rehab, I experienced the pain of my emotions without the ability to numb them, but also the relief of having surrendered the charade of living a double life. I struggled through my growth and sometimes saw what looked like hope. My first year of sobriety challenged me to find new solutions to old problems.
Attending Alcoholics Anonymous and Overeaters Anonymous meetings provided the necessary support I required to stay sober and get well. By the time I celebrated my first year sober, my life bared little resemblance to the person I was just twelve months earlier. I was seventy-five pounds lighter and better yet I felt happy.
Marc Kantor CIP
Sober since November 2004
Addiction Interventionist and Consultant
Capitol Intervention was founded in 2014 by Marc Kantor following a sixteen-year career in commercial real estate in Washington, D.C. In 2015 he received the designation of Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), has served on the national boards of Active Minds and CrisisLink, and has been trained in crisis and suicide prevention. In 2018, Marc Kantor created South Florida Intervention and resides in Boca Raton with his wife of over 20 years and their teenage daughter.
Marc Kantor's Personal Biography
Marc Kantor was raised on Long Island and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Plainview, New York. He attended college at American University in Washington, D.C. where he lived for 22 years practicing commercial real estate. He completed in-patient treatment in 2004 for drug addiction and alcoholism at the Betty Ford Center in Palm Springs, California.
During his career in commercial real estate, Marc completed over ten million square feet of transactions for multinational corporations, the U.S. Government, and major real estate developers. He achieved recognition on several occasions as the Top Producer, Top Business Development Professional, and for the Largest Transaction.
Kelly Densmore's Personal Biography
Kelly began her career as a parent coach in 2011 and has since helped hundreds of mothers and fathers navigate the emotional roller coaster of having a child in treatment or active addiction.
Having watched her son struggle to get sober has given Kelly the experience and empathy it requires to support other parents who are going through similar challenges. Some of Kelly's key lessons include teaching parents to create and keep good boundaries, make informed decisions, and end the ongoing cycle of codependency and enabling.
Kelly has worked closely with community stakeholders and political leaders to further educate the public about the realities of addiction and recovery.
Nick Short's Personal Biography
Nick Short is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) and has helped hundreds of men and women begin their journey into sobriety. Nick got sober in 2010 and began working in the addiction field in 2012, and received his counseling certification in 2016.
In this time, Nick has gained first-hand experience working in intensive outpatient (IOP) and partial hospitalization (PHP) programs, sober living, aftercare programs, wilderness therapy, and inpatient residential settings.
Nick joined South Florida Intervention in 2021 as a recovery coach and is a valuable team member. He works one-on-one with men and women who have recently completed treatment or have a desire to achieve sobriety.