The Reality of Sobriety

The reality of sobriety is “a reality of freedom and happiness, of purpose and direction, and of serenity and peace with God, ourselves and others.” February 26th Daily Reflections: A Book of Reflections by A.A. Members for A.A. Members AA World Services,...

Naloxone: A First Responder’s Necessity

Driving through Portland, the countless homeless folk occupying street corners, seeking loose change, are hard to miss. One cannot help but think of what this money might be used for and a sensible conclusion might be that some of these funds end up with local drug...

Family Healing: There is a Solution

As the public view of addiction as a moral deficiency shifts to the view of addiction as a disease, simultaneously there has been a transition of perspective to the concept of addiction as a family disease. Professionals in the addiction treatment field continue to...

Substance Abuse: A Co-Occurring Disorder

When thinking about the idea of an intervention, the average person associates such an event with an individual struggling with substance abuse. More often than not, it is a family member of an individual caught in the midst of addiction that seeks an intervention. In...

Intervention Basics & Continued Education

Conducting an intervention can often be the difference between life and death for those struggling with drug addiction and alcoholism, yet interventions are not limited strictly to chemical dependency. The scope of interventions covers a wide range of addictive...

Treatment Away From Home

When conducting Interventions, I often refer the addicted individual (client) to a treatment center that is away from their home. My suggestion to place the client in another State is often met with uncertainty from the family, because they don’t understand. The...

We Teach Our Clients How to Unify with Others

Sometimes, families hire Compassionate Interventions for case management only. Their loved one is going into treatment, or has gone into treatment, and they need help to develop a long-term plan so the client has a chance to experience long term recovery. We also...

“It’s Legal!” the Battle Cry

Jen and I were just in San Francisco and we encountered more people who smelled like marijuana than I can ever remember in public. We also met with professionals from several different facilities in the Bay Area. Society’s current attitude towards marijuana reminds me...

We Need More Positive Energy

So, a life-long friend went to the hot rod show and posted pictures. After I scrolled through them, I realized I still had a grin plastered to my face. This is one of the reasons why I love FB. Another friend of mine celebrated a sobriety birthday yesterday. I know...

Relapse Prevention

Working on some relapse prevention last night for a presentation and I realized how the words “Relapse Prevention” can really be minimized when we use them consistently over the years in the treatment field. Conducting interventions, I find that getting someone...