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...

Tennessee’s New Drug Law

It was brought to my attention last night that Tennessee is proposing a new law that will make drug use during pregnancy an offense for the mother if she doesn’t seek treatment. After reading the law, learning more about Tennessee’s governor, and reading some of the...

Inpatient Drug Treatment Program

This is a reprint of a message I wrote to one of my brothers who worked at the treatment center I attended, from my personal page. “I remember coming to NARA and one of the guys gave me a bunch of nylon dress socks because he had been given white socks. I was so...

Drug Epidemic?

Society talks about the drug epidemic, or the drug problem. Providers share how to pick the right treatment, or what constitutes good treatment. What is ever discussed about what constitutes good recovery? I got into a discussion with some clients the other day about...