Johnny Allem is the founder of Aquila Recovery Clinic -a diverse group of people working together to bring you a comprehensive, evidence based addiction treatment program focused on your long term recovery.
Johnny’s life as a reporter, public relations specialist, political campaign consultant, and business owner taught him how to find compelling truths and engage new audiences. While he succeeded in professional pursuits, his internal life was seriously out of balance. Alcohol seemed to give him the permission to have the confidence to face life. When it stopped working, he was truly hopeless.
Finding and investing in recovery renewed his existence. And it made no sense to him to be quiet about it. A key experience that informed how he founded Aquila came as an associate of the late US Senator Harold Hughes who pioneered advocacy for recovery in the modern era. He then served as DC Deputy Commissioner for Mental Health, president of Johnson Institute, and a founder of Faces and Voices of Recovery. One of his biggest thrills was conducting Recovery Ambassador workshops throughout the nation in 2004-2006, teaching advocacy and leadership skills to more than 3,000 people in recovery.
As new science developed to enhance treatment and recovery, he saw an opportunity to improve business practices and management to help clinicians use the science, embark on co-occurring treatment, and pioneer in Recovery Coaching and other peer-model supports. Aquila is the result of his findings and passion for moving treatment to serve earlier stages of illness.