Dan Griffin has worked in the mental health and addictions fields for over two decades. He is recognised internationally as an expert with a particular focus on men, relationships and trauma. From 2015 to 2017, Griffin was honoured to serve as a senior fellow at The Meadows. He is the owner, founder, and lead consultant of Griffin Recovery Enterprises, Inc. Griffin was awarded Hazelden’s first training fellowship for addiction counselling in 1998. He has worked in a variety of areas in the addictions field: research, case management, public advocacy, recovery courts, teaching, and counselling.
Griffin’s last book, A Man's Way through Relationships, is the first trauma-informed book written to help men create healthy relationships while navigating the challenges of internalising the "Man Rules." Griffin is also the author, A Man’s Way through the Twelve Steps, is the first trauma-informed book to take a holistic look at men’s recovery. He also co-authored Helping Men Recover, the first comprehensive gender-responsive and trauma-informed curriculum for men. Griffin has several forthcoming publications: Amazing Dads: Finding the Father Within (2019 - curriculum), A Man’s Way® through Trauma: Healing Men’s Pain (2019 - curriculum), A Man’s Way® to Becoming an Awesome Dad: Ten Rules for Fatherhood in the 21st Century (2019), and What Men Would Tell You If They Weren’t Too Busy Watching TV (2019). He hosts The Man Rules® Podcast.
Griffin’s graduate work was centred on the social construction of masculinity in the culture of Alcoholics Anonymous. In 2012, Griffin was one of a number of national experts invited by SAMHSA to help build a consensus definition of the terms “trauma” and “trauma-informed.”
Griffin was a founding member of Faces and Voices of Recovery and served as a Minnesota delegate at the first and historic National Recovery Summit in St. Paul in 2001. He served on SAMHSA’s National Recovery Month Committee for over ten years. In 2004, Griffin was one of 100 experts invited from around the country to create a consensus definition of recovery from addiction for SAMHSA.
Griffin lives in California with his wife, Nancy, and his daughter, Grace, and has been in long-term recovery since he graduated college in May of 1994.