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 …
There are many different substances in the world which, when taken by a human, can have mind-altering effects. Some of these substance are common drugs like cocaine, alcohol, and LSD. There are also uncommon substances from plants, fungi, and even animals which can produce the same effects as the more common street drugs.
In the past, different cultures found and used these substances for medical, recreational, and even religious purposes. Many of these cultures were familiar with the specific effects of these substances, and they found a number of different uses for them. One of these such substances is peyote, which contains the psychedelic substance mescaline. Peyote is found in cacti in the southwest U.S. and northern Mexico. Although classified as a Schedule II drug by the USA, peyote has been used by Native American tribes for religious purposes during ceremonies. Peyote is seen as a spiritual drug, so recreational use is not widespread or very common. Native Americans have the right to use peyote in religious ceremonies and this right has been protected by the US Federal government since 1965, with another 28 states enacting similar laws to work in conjunction with the federal laws. These laws allows peyote to be used by Native American religious practitioners, but the laws lack true uniformity. This has created some barriers to transportation and use of peyote in different areas by different Native American tribes.
Previous USA court rulings found that the First Amendment does not completely protect Native American practitioners who use peyote. This is another barrier to its supposed protection under federal laws. Peyote can be consumed in a number of different ways. It’s often cut into disc-shaped buttons that are cut from the roots and dried before being chewed or soaked in water to produce the liquid containing mescaline. The dosage of mescaline is about one third to one half of a gram and its effects may last up to 12 hours. Another method of preparing the drug is to prepare it as a tea to counter its bitter taste.
Peyote has been used in North America for hundreds of years by Native Americans. However, its long term effects on the body are poorly understood because very little research has been done on this drug as compared to other drugs. Although no long term psychological or cognitive harm has been observed in Native Americans who use peyote, this does not indicate the same will hold true for those who abuse the drug repeatedly for recreational purposes. Side effects of peyote are very similar to the effects of taking LSD. Some of the effects of taking peyote include increased body temperature, heart rate, uncoordinated movements, sweating, and skin flushing. It’s difficult to pinpoint the rate of use of peyote, however there are millions of people in the USA and in the world who take advantage of hallucinogens. If peyote becomes more widely available as a popular drug of choice, we may see a decrease in laws which protect its use in a spiritual context.
An Interview with Edward J. Cejka – Clinical Director of Inspirations for Youth’s Sister Rehab – The Cove Center for Recovery
We sat down with Father Edward J. Cejka, a prominent clinical director for the Cove Center for Recovery. The Cove is a nationally renowned adult substance abuse rehab and sister treatment center for Inspirations for Youth. We talked to him about Teen Drug Abuse as well as details about how the whole rehab process works.
Edward Cejka (above), Clinical Director of the Cove Center for Recovery
Can you tell me the most pressing concern or news related to Adolescent drug use and abuse at this time?
The misconception that pot and alcohol are not “a big deal…” These are gateway drugs that snowball into more severe situations, consequences and criminal behaviors that lead to distrust, family separation and eventually the complete disruption of the family-unit.
Can you tell me (without specific case related information) about some of your experiences with adolescents and drug abuse?
Unfortunately with the rise of divorce and single family homes, there is a lag in the way children internalize feelings expression and communication and as a result of this disconnect children are looking for other means to numb their feelings and go to the most readily available source which is unfortunately drugs and alcohol.
What is the most commonly abused drug that you treat teens for?
Marijuana and alcohol and spice…Most currently “spice”.
Spice (above) is being used by more and more teens
What percent of teens admitted for treatment are there for drug abuse other than marijuana? Can you give me any statistics on admissions and what drugs are more commonly abused in what age ranges?
I don’t have stats off hand. What we are seeing more of are children using more of the “creative drugs,” such as various forms of “spice,” mixtures of several narcotics combined as a cocktail, anything from “bars” to “mollies,” as well as the mainstays such as crack-cocaine, and let’s not forget the various creative “huffing” substances children are using.
“Huffing” (above) is become more and more common among teens
If an adolescent is abusing drugs and needs help but they are a minor, will they risk being removed from their parents custody if they seek treatment?
Teens have to be court mandated by a judge or state or have parental consent.
Can you tell me some of the challenges faced by adolescents’ families and communities that have teens using and abusing drugs that seek help from your centers?
Poverty and inter-generational familial issues and single parent homes that lack supervision.
Can you tell me what kind of ethical dilemmas that a social worker might face in attempting to provide services to adolescents who abuse drugs?
The issues of having to take on a parental role at times.
From the time a teen contacts the center, what is the timeline of progression for them to get help and be “rehabilitated” for In-patient and outpatient?
Once the family contacts our agency, within a few days, or depending on the urgency, our professional admission staff will contact the guardian and clearly define to them our intake process. However, please be advised if there is an emergency that is even more severe, we recommend that all families call 911 for assistance.
Can you provide any suggestions on how entry level generalist social workers can become more sensitive to the needs of adolescents that are using drugs, and identify appropriate helping roles?
One of the ways we help the community, is offering an extensive internship opportunity for therapists in training that provides critical learning experience mixed with a hands-on opportunity.
- Allison Zaret (above) is just one of the many promising students that have served internships with the Cove Center for Recovery
More about Ed Cejka
Ed has served patients for over 20 years as a Certified Addictions Professional specializing in individual and family therapy, co-occurring disorders in the field of Mental Health, Addiction and Relapse Prevention, and 12-Step Spirituality. He holds a Masters Degree in counseling from Seton Hall University, N.J., a BS degree in clinical Psychology from Brenau University, Gainesville, Georgia, and an AA Degree in Human Services from Edison College, FL. Ed holds the ICRC International Certification in Alcohol and Drug Counseling, FL. Certification Board Certified Addictions Professional, FCB Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist, and FCB Certified Mental Health Professional. Edward is not unfamiliar with the Judicial System.
A drug or alcohol addiction can cost you your job, your education, your family, and your friends. The cost of a drug addiction is very high. But what is the actual, financial cost of a drug overdose? Many organizations try to pin down the number by adding up accident and injury rates, overdoses, and ER admission rates. There are multiple studies on the impact drug use, overdose, and dependence has on both hospitals and the tax-paying public. The total cost is well into the billions, and most of these costs are paid for by tax dollars.
A study done by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA) by the division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research reported the estimated cost of alcohol and drug overdoses for 18-24 year olds from 1999 to 2008. This report also provided an estimate on some of the cost of hospitals in 2008, the last year of the report. The report found that the cost of drug overdoses was $266 million for 29,412 alcohol poisoning cases, $198 million for 29,202 cases involving a combination of alcohol and other drugs, and a total of $737 million dollars for 113,907 illicit drug use cases. The cost of all the combined cases exceeded 1.2 billion dollars for the year 2008 with almost 200,000 hospitalizations alone.
Although the 18-24 year old category only represents a fraction of the population, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published a press release in September 2011 highlighting the growing number of adult drug and alcohol overdoses. The NIH cited a study which found 1.6 million people were hospitalized for overdoses in 2008 at an estimated cost of $15.5 billion dollars. About half of those 1.6 million hospitalizations involved alcohol overdoses.
The impact of an overdose not only affects the patient – is also affects the hospital and the services they can provide. One Huffington Post article illustrates the plight of hospitals when it comes to treating burned meth addicts. Cooking meth is very dangerous and can result in massive explosions, leading to many severely burned meth cooks. The article focuses on the impact, cost, and consequences of burned meth addicts who typically cost more than $100,000 to treat. Most of these patients are also uninsured. Unfortunately, seven major burn wards across the country have either closed or combined facilities with other burn wards because of the massive cost associated with treating burned meth addicts. These people are so severely burned that their treatment can easily cost more than five times the amount it takes to treat a regular burn victim.
The cycle of taking drugs, overdosing, recovering, and relapsing takes a toll on the human body and on the hospitals which provide treatment for drug/alcohol addicts. Unless something is done, the vicious cycle will continue. Call us today to learn about how you can break the cycle.