Ren in Family Addiction
August 3, 2023

The Importance of Intervention Before Hitting Rock Bottom

Addiction does not happen overnight. Usually, there is a dwindling spiral aspect to it, where-in one begins to gradually lose control over their use of mind-altering substances. While most intervention approaches have historically focused on people who are already addicted to drugs or alcohol, it would be wise for family members to intervene with loved ones who are not yet addicted but who are headed in that direction.


Julie in Dealing with Addiction
July 20, 2021

A Letter to the Mother Whose Child is Struggling with Addiction (from Someone in Recovery)

I know times are tough right now but please, hang in there, Mama.


Julie in Interventions
March 4, 2021

Signs It Is Time for an Intervention

It is better to have a loved one be mad at you for confronting them about their addiction than never to say anything and sit by as they destroy themselves.


Ren in Intervention
May 15, 2019

The Nuances of Intervention—Addressing the Myths in How Intervention Works

Most of us who know anything about addiction or who have seen this crippling affliction first hand have also heard the term “intervention” tossed around. Intervention is a broad term, with multiple definitions and applications in several fields.


Karen Hadley in Health risks
February 1, 2019

Eliminating Health Problems Could Start with Eliminating Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Drug use and excessive alcohol consumption cause and worsen a very long list of physical and mental illnesses. To maintain a healthy life, avoiding drug use, or recovering from addiction, are vital first steps.


Ren in Dealing with Addiction
September 7, 2018

Should Addiction Treatment be Forced?

The subject of drug and alcohol addiction is a pretty tense and all around stressful subject. Because of the various dramas and difficulties surrounding drug and alcohol addiction, it seems like a lot of people don’t really want to broach this subject. In a way, this absolutely makes sense.


Sue Birkenshaw in Alcohol Addiction
August 26, 2018

How to Help a Friend Who Has a Drug or Alcohol Addiction

The first thing that you need to know about helping a friend who is a drug addict or alcoholic is that you should not wait. The longer that you postpone taking action to help your friend, the harder it may be for him or her to quit.


Guest Author in Interventions
June 17, 2018

The Tyranny of Hopelessness

Four days before Christmas, I came to Paradise, California, a little hamlet in the Sierra-Nevada foothills. I was hired by the well-to-do parents of a 32-year old addict who would fly into a rage every time they mentioned he needed to go to a treatment program.


Guest Author in Interventions
June 14, 2018

Proof of the Problem

It’s common for families to get stuck proving their addict is, in fact, an addict. They feel a need to convince themselves or others that action needs to be taken, so they do things like search the addict’s room, follow him around with GPS, smell his breath, or round up empty bottles, baggies, hypodermic needles, prescriptions, and other evidence of drug use.


Devon Alexander in Interventions
June 6, 2018

Interventions: Do’s and Don’ts

No one chooses to be an addict. Your loved one has stumbled into a deep pit and is constantly struggling to get out. They need your help. As long as you follow some basic do’s and don’ts, you can help pull an addict to safety.