An intervention is one of the most loving things a family can do, but it may require calculated deception in order to get the job done. As an example, I need to get an addict to agree to go to treatment but telling him I am an interventionist up … [Read more...] about Deception
Many believe that if an addict does not admit to having a problem, he does not know he has a problem. We are taught to see this as a lack of self-awareness on the part of the addict. I can assure you, it is not. It’s simpler than that. For example, … [Read more...] about The Truth About Denial
No matter what the drug–when I took it, bought it, prepared it or used it–I knew what I was doing was inherently wrong. But, that didn’t stop me. I preferred to believe it wasn’t as bad as my family made it out to be, or that I could control it and … [Read more...] about What if We Succeed?
Even as a professional interventionist with a long-standing track record of success with other people’s families, when it came to intervening on one of my own family members, I found myself in the same position you might be in, trying to wrench other … [Read more...] about What If Other Family Members Aren’t in Agreement?
If drugs or alcohol were an addict’s fundamental problem, recovery would be easy. Simply detox the person and you’re done! But – that isn’t how it works. The fact is, addiction is a set of low conditions which cut across multiple aspects of a … [Read more...] about Why Drugs Are Not the Real Problem