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Interventions Help

ADSThe opioid crisis is taking the lives of 115 people every day.

A certified  interventionist can guide you through the process of your intervention, and professional guidance can help defuse tensions and increase the probability of success. Ultimately, you cannot force someone who doesn’t want help to seek it. Advanced planning and sticking to your plan, though, can improve your chances of success.

Interventions On Demand CEO Linda Lane Devlin has been supporting families struggling with substance use for over 20 years. An intervention can be emotionally exhausting and even a bit scary, but it’s often the only thing that works to finally convince addicts to seek help. There was a time in my career that I considered getting a person into treatment a great success but I’ve learned over the years that this is actually the easiest part of my job. The real challenge is working with the families. Families need to learn a life without addiction and for what’s become uncomfortable to not deal with needs to be relearned and families need to start to rebuild their family with a new light and continue to be recovering from the loved ones addiction as well. Why create an intervention for just one person when the whole family is hurting and needing help? I consider it a successful intervention when I have a family who is looking at their caretaking and enabling behaviors and at their own relationships with the addict and asking themselves, “How did we get here?” “What is my part in this?” “What can I change in me that will benefit my life and my family?” and its difficult to see it that way when the evidence of destruction is right in the forefront. Addicted persons and families are usually engaged in a sophisticated and deadly dance but when family members decide to change the ways they interact with troubled members, addicts will shift their behavior in return.

I begin the process with a family assessment that doesn’t include the addicted person. Once we commit to working together as a team, with the family agreeing to follow recommended directions–even when it is painful and counter intuitive–I support them in how to talk to the addicted loved one and explain what the intervention will be. The addicted person may not be ready for change but the family is, and with or without them, we are moving forward.

I remember when I personally hit the bottom there were some family members that I detached from as it was too difficult and there were friends and a family that really cared for me and my children enough to warn me of the outcome and my shame kept me from facing that too. I wish when I was younger that someone had intervened on me and how my life could have been better if I had the resources to stop then. No regrets though as my life is perfect it its imperfection and I am grateful to be alive in it.

Contact me for a consultation that is free and I will do what I can to help. Even if its just to share resources that are out there that you might not be aware of.





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What’s the Difference Between Addiction and Dependence? Actually, the Term That Matters Most Is ‘Treatment’ – Health Essentials from Cleveland Clinic

There are nuances in the meanings of addiction and dependence, but many in the medical community use the terms interchangeably. Find out the latest thinking of substance abuse .
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We do this thing called life , there are no best sellers that said “this is your life and this is how it’s going to go”

I don’t think we would have followed the directions anyway and as most in recovery the pain of staying the same has to be greater for us to be willing to make the change.

I believe we learn through pain and we gain insight and skills to improve our life and that usually takes receiving help from somewhere ; books, articles, feedback from friends , counsellors or sponsorship.

But I also watch many people that need recovery learn from others pain , mistakes and wisdom. I remember when I first got clean and my life was dealing with the death of a husband ; I was told “that some die so we can live” I couldn’t understand that concept and it scared me but it also helped me see that I was a miracle to be clean and lose the desire to use and not destroy my life further. Somehow I was able to see that I could recover.

Today I watch amazing people learn through inspiration and joy and stay clean because life is good and hope-full. They still come from fear , and pain and consequence but what helps them stay is positive reinforcement, encouragement and laughs and some tears.

No one ever said life is easy. My sponsor told me that life is life and we live and then we die so why not enjoy what we can have.

Being satisfied is my day to day and it helps me help others. It takes a mindset to change what we believe the world is and it starts with self awareness then practice of some basic life principles to make a life worth living. Yes we still will have bills possibly debt, family issues or whatever the challenge I know that a pain shared can only help you get a better perspective on your life.

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