Meet John Hanson, Men’s Primary Counselor at Common Ground Red Wing

The Common Ground Red Wing team welcomes a new staff member — John Hanson — who will be joining the Common Ground family as a counselor for our men’s group in Red Wing. In this role, John will help men on their journey to find recovery, leading group programs, individual counseling sessions and facilitating chemical use evaluations.

John joined the staff of Common Ground in September 2018.

John received his education at both the University of Minnesota and Metro State University in Minnesota. John comes to Common Ground with over 40 years experience in the field of chemical dependency treatment, with several different experiences working in an outpatient setting. John holds his license as a Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor (LADC) through the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.

We recently sat down with John to learn about his background and passion for the field:

Why are you passionate about the field of alcohol and drug counseling?
“I believe that treatment saved my life, and as cliché as this sounds, I wanted to help others find this amazing way of life.”

What’s your favorite thing about Common Ground?
“I’ve felt very welcomed by my coworkers at the Red Wing office!”

What advice would you give to someone struggling with addiction today?
“At some point you will need to surrender and quit doing it your way: it is not working.”

What are your hobbies?
“Music, sports and collecting vintage stereo equipment.”

Welcome to the team, John!

Common Ground provides outpatient treatment in Red Wing, MN. To schedule a chemical use assessment or inquire about our treatment programs, contact us today.