[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]wp-content/uploads/EddieSalan.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Eddie Salan is the Founding Director of Diversified Intervention Group. Salan holds a degree in Pharmacology and Drug Interaction and is involved with many local community organizations in a Board of Director capacity. He comes to DIG with many years of experience in managing large companies.[/author_info] [/author]
The definition of an intervention is: “a deliberate process by which change in introduced into people’s thoughts, feelings and emotions.” DIG specializes in providing this service as it relates to common addictions, i.e. alcohol, drugs, etc. Alcohol is a drug just in case you were wondering.
I would like to share with that community a little bit about what we do and how it may be able to help your loved one.
DIG is a drug intervention service designed to intervene in an active addiction and get a substance abuser into treatment (rehabilitation) in order to save a person’s life, family and career. Have you seen the reality TV show Intervention on A&E? Most people that we ask that question to think that an intervention is not necessary for a family member, significant other or close friend. They think that an intervention is too dramatic or too expensive. I’m writing this article to clarify that an intervention is a very effective way to get an addict into treatment quickly, when they don’t want to seek treatment on their own.
Why are interventions necessary? Because the latest statistics on drug abuse are staggering, and the current generation is more effected than past generations; because the abused drugs are now more dangerous and more available than ever in our schools and communities locally. If your loved one is suffering from an addiction, DIG’s professionals can help you plan an effective intervention process.
According to NIDA.gov (National Institute on Drug Abuse) the latest statistics are:
“The RX Risk: Roughly one in nine youth abused prescription drugs in the past year. Young people are abusing prescription drugs at alarming rates. These drugs act on the same brain systems as illegal drugs and pose similar risks for dangerous health consequences, including later addiction.” And “25% of those who began abusing prescription drugs at age 13 or younger, met clinical criteria for addiction sometime in their life.”
According to National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health Prescription Drug Abuse:
Opiate painkillers and central nervous system suppressants are being used in a way other than prescribed. In 2009, approximately 7 million people reported past year usage. Nearly one out of 12 in high school used Vicodin, one out of 20 used Oxycontin. Methamphetamine, an addictive stimulant toxic to the central nervous system, has 1.2 million users 12 years and older. And let’s not forget heroin, synthesized morphine that is highly addictive. In 2008, a reported 215,000 aged 12 and older were users, but due to progression from prescription painkillers, usage tripled.
Alcohol addiction is steadily growing and is most difficult to put an end to.
Drug addiction is not just an individual affliction, it is a family and community disease:
Individual: Long term addiction leads to physical dependence and compulsive drug-seeking behavior with the addict, so they rarely seek treatment.
Family: Family members aren’t effective because they are usually too buried in denial, guilt and anger, and do not know all of the facts.
Community: The result of addiction leads to increased crime, broken families, dependence on social aid, and growing poverty.
A properly planned intervention can have great success. People should not fear the process of intervention. We will guide you through it and be available long after it ends for support. The way to prevent the negative effects of drug addiction is to know the facts, and refer family members to DIG.
Why use DIG? Here are some of the reasons:
- DIG belongs to many civic organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce, Lions Clubs, etc. and is well known around the community for being not only trustworthy, but the go-to organization for intervention needs.
- DIG is a small, local non-profit organization made up of specially-trained clinicians who understand the addicted person’s way of thinking.
- We are personally knowledgeable about many local rehabilitation centers based on an individual’s situation and drug of abuse, and we will suggest the facilities where your loved one will have the best chances of success in his or her recovery.
- DIG’s clinicians have been trained and certified in many models of drug intervention, live the 12-step processes, and thrive in our on-going recovery by helping other addicts.
- We will work with all family members and significant others to reverse the cycle of addiction.
- We have the ability to personalize a program to fit a specific drug abuse program.
In the intervention process, both clients intervened upon and family members providing the intervention discuss treatment strategies, goals and objectives including what DIG can do as an organization to meet the family’s needs.
A successful intervention does not end when the person in question agrees to enter treatment. That is only a portion of the process. A successful intervention process initiates change within the family system as a whole — long-term change. Our non-judgmental, love-filled intervention process encourages honesty and self-realization. The primary goal of the Diversified Intervention Group is to facilitate the client family to begin to function normally again in a constructive and meaningful way of life with an addiction-free ex-substance user now in active recovery.
DIG also offers aftercare services, life-coaching and co-dependency counseling services for people who are not addicted to any substance, but would just like to have an opinion on life’s issues from a non-judgmental person who is trained to listen properly. We have great referral sources to therapists, financial counseling professionals, and people who understand the inner workings of relationships.
Co-dependency has become the buzzword for relationships in the last few years. But beneath the sensationalism lies a real issue. Those in a relationship who try to control the behavior of a partner face frustration, rage, hopelessness and despair. DIG repairs families, plain and simple, and families are most important.
So what is co-dependency and who really has it? There are many definitions; co-dependents are people who let the feelings and actions of another person affect them to the point that they lose control of their own lives. DIG’s trained Life Coaches can help you decipher some possible suggestions or solutions custom-made to your particular circumstances.
Please visit our website for more info: http://interventiontreatmentrecovery.org/codependency.html
Call our toll free number: 855-222-1101.