Denise (IYF): Hello Romairo, it’s your last day. How you feeling?
Romairo: I’m feeling wonderful, I’m feeling wonderful. I’m just thankful for leaving. I’m very, very excited; very nervous about this process. Returning back to the real world.
Denise (IYF): Let me ask you, when you first got here were did you know you were coming here?
Romairo: No ma’am I did not. I was in a days still. I did not know, but I’m thankful that I came here and I’m glad that I’m here and I’ve completed the program.
Denise (IYF): Awesome. What’s changed for you?
Romairo: Everything, my life is changed. My mindset, the way I feel, the way I think now; everything is a lot different.
Denise (IYF): How did you like your therapist?
Romairo: I love my therapist. He’s a wonderful person. I learned from the best, and when you learn from the best you get the best, you expect the best results.
Denise (IYF): How is your relationship with your mom now? I know it was a little, you were having a breakdown in that sense. How is…
Romairo: It’s way better, I can actually talk without getting upset. I feel way better in that aspect.
Denise (IYF): Okay. Well we want to wish you congratulations.
Romairo: Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Denise (IYF): Please come back and visit.
Romairo: Of course, of course.
Denise (IYF): Alright, and all the best of luck in the world.
Romairo: Thank you.
Denise (IYF): Okay.
Congratulations to Boca Raton City Councilwoman Constance Scott, the South Florida Inspiration Award recipient for the Dolphins vs. Chargers game on November 17, 2013. Constance has served as a city councilwoman since 2009; she’s currently serving her second three year term. She’s also an advocate for non-profit organizations like the Tri-County Humane Society, the Boca Raton Police Athletic League, and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
Denise (IYF): Do you want to share with us why you came here? What were the reasons?
Alex: I was smoking a lot of weed at the time; marijuana was my drug of choice. I just had a problem with it.
Denise (IYF): Now that you’ve been here, now that you’ve been here for how many days?
Denise (IYF): 54 days, wow. How do you feel different than when you came in?
Alex: I feel a lot different. I feel a lot more clean; it’s truly hard to explain. My mind is a lot different, it’s in a better place.
Denise (IYF): The fog is lifted kinda sense?
Alex: Yeah, you just see things more clearly for how it really is.
Denise (IYF): How did school go for you while you were here? What happened?
Alex: I definitely had some troubles with school, but I toughed it out; did what I had to do. I feel a lot better now.
Denise (IYF): You just handed me your finals, that’s a good thing.
Alex: Yeah, we’ll see how that goes.
Denise (IYF): What are your plans when you go home?
Alex: My plans are to finish out my junior year, finish my senior year, and go on from there.
Denise (IYF): Great. You made a home contract, correct?
Denise (IYF): What are you committing to in your home contract?
Alex: I’m committing to be clean, help out a lot more around the house. Just not stay out as late. Give up friends, give up places, and give up my drugs.
Denise (IYF): The things that weren’t serving you.
Denise (IYF): You realize now that weren’t serving you and caused to breakdown. You come from a big family, as I remember.
Alex: Yeah, there’s five kids.
Denise (IYF): Wow, so you’re mother is going to be delighted to receive you back home a new man.
Alex: Yeah, it’s going to be great.
Denise (IYF): Congratulations, we’re very proud of you. We hope you keep in contact.
Alex: I most likely will.
Denise (IYF): We hope you come back and speak one day.
Alex: We’ll see.
Denise (IYF): Okay. Thank you so much and congratulations.
Alex: Thank you.
Every year, millions of people around the world will have to face their addiction in many different ways. Some drug addicts may realize they have a problem with the drug and they may seek help from friends, family, or medical professionals. However many more people will not seek help and continue to destroy themselves with drugs and alcohol. For these people, an intervention will be necessary for them to receive addiction treatment. According to the Mayo clinic’s website, an intervention is a carefully planned process involving family, friends, and an intervention specialist.
An intervention presents a structured opportunity to make changes in someone’s life before more harm is done. Although there are people who do not choose to seek rehabilitation and treatment for their addiction and dependence to drugs, there are many others who actively seek treatment. The National Institute on Drug Abuse cited a 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration report which estimated 23.5 million people (12 and older) needed treatment for illicit drug use and/or alcohol. That means that 9% of the U.S. population older than 12 needs drug/alcohol addiction treatment. That number is staggering.
For the majority of these people, help will never come… unless their friends and family conduct an intervention. An intervention may be the spark the addict needs to fight their addiction and dependence on drugs. The Mayo Clinic website also breaks down the steps for an intervention. These steps are planning the intervention, gathering information about the client, forming the intervention group, deciding on specific consequences, writing down what to say, and the intervention itself. Most treatment centers also offer counseling for family members. The website also mentions that a successful intervention must be planned carefully to obtain the intended consequences or it can worsen the situation. Sometimes, the subject of the intervention may feel attacked or ostracized. In some cases, the addict may become more resistant and reluctant to seek treatment.
According to the Mayo Clinic site, the planning stage of the intervention should include a professional counselor or social worker with experience. This stage also asks family members to understand that the addict may become violent or angry when confronted about the drug use in the context of an intervention. After, the family member or friend must gather information and evidence to find out the extent of the subject’s problem, his/her condition, and treatment options. After that, the intervention specialist will discuss a time and place for the intervention to take place.
After this step, the family members and friends will need to write down what they wish to say to the addict. These letters should have specific details of incidents where the addict’s action resulted in problems like emotional distress, financial hardship, or physical harm. This will be the opportunity for everyone to discuss the toll the addiction has on each person’s life, while displaying the belief and expectation that the addict can change.
The next to last step is the actual meeting where the subject is brought in. During this time, each family member or friend will be able to read their letters in hopes of convincing the addict to go to treatment. They will also need to present an immediate treatment option before saying what specific changes they will make if the subject does not stay sober.
The final step of the intervention process is for everyone involved to support the subject in his or her quest to get clean or sober. Most treatment centers (including Inspirations) will offer some type of family therapy or counseling. The point of this counseling is for the family and the addict to reconcile any issues that occurred prior to the addict leaving for treatment.
Sometimes, recovery must come as a result of an external influence or factor. An intervention is often triggered by those who love and care for the subject of the intervention and they have one main goal: change. Presenting loved one’s worries and concerns in a structured environment with a professional intervention specialist present can truly help the addict to decide to change his or her ways. If you or someone you love needs help for an intervention, don’t hesitate to call us.
IYF: Hi Austin. How are you doing? You’re going to be leaving tomorrow, how do you feel?
Austin: Pretty good, Ms. Denise. I’m excited to leave.
IYF: I mean how do you feel from when you came in? What’s different.
Austin: I feel when I came in, I didn’t want to be here. From the time I’ve been here I feel there’s a purpose that I’m here now, there’s a better reason to I guess stay clean and I just felt that I should probably connect more with my parents because before I didn’t really have relationship with them. Now, it’s like I feel like I need them in my life or just like more structure at least. Because that’s what I didn’t have before, I’m going to be working on that when I get home.
IYF: That’s awesome congratulations, please keep in touch with us, we’d love to hear from you …