Originally from California, James worked in the addiction treatment field for many years following his educational pursuits. James worked at several well known agencies around California; The Etowah Program, Crossroads Program of Eureka and Care Unit of California. After moving to Florida James continued to work in the health care field. In 1992 James opened Genesis House Inc. in Palm Beach County. The agency has grown into a well respected provider of addiction and dual diagnosis treatment. James has personally been in recovery since 1980.