This new book from journalist Kevin Deutsch tells a tragic tale of utter and heartless disregard for human life. In heartlessness if not in scale, it rivals stories of war atrocities in Germany or Russia. But in this case, the story took place in Baltimore, Maryland.
In your preparation for doing an intervention, you are bound to get advice about how an intervention should be done, but be forewarned: A family member, friend or someone you met at a support group who’s been involved in one or two interventions isn’t necessarily giving you advice you want to bet the farm on—maybe yes, maybe no.
Being addicted to an opioid is bad enough. There’s the risk of overdose and withdrawal sickness is always a threat. Now, add amnesia to the list of problems that can result from overdosing on fentanyl.
How many marijuana-using parents think their children might test positive for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)? Through use by pregnant or nursing women, exposure to secondhand smoke or from picking up edibles around the house, children can be exposed to plenty of THC—and the drug may not be so quick to be eliminated from their bodies.
Most families go into an intervention knowing there will be objections, but with no real plan on how to handle them. The key is in the word, ”plan.” The simplicity of it is this—an addict will object, so plan to handle the objections.
In the world of drug use and addiction, only one thing is certain: This world will never stop changing. New drugs will appear and old ones will fade away. Supply and demand will ebb and flow. The only way to stay safe and protect your family is to stay aware of the changes that might affect your loved ones.
Another major national organization has just joined the fight against America’s opioid epidemic. The American Dental Association advised its members on the steps they should take so their patients are not exposed to opioid painkillers, reducing the chance of future addiction.
Anyone using synthetic drugs is running an incredible risk because there’s no telling what chemicals—deadly or otherwise—those drugs will contain. In Illinois, dozens of unlucky people began bleeding from eyes, noses, mouths and other parts of the body after their synthetics were spiked with rat poison.
Some people say an addict or alcoholic who is in denial hasn’t hit bottom, but this concept is very problematic when applied to real-life. First, there is no such place as “bottom.” It’s an abstract idea.
An intervention is any action or actions which result in an addict arriving at a well-chosen program. I include, “well-chosen,” because, without a program that has a good chance of success in place, an intervention is of little or no value.