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In Need of Addiction Help, Addiction Intervention or Addiction Counseling in Marin County for Prescription Pills, Pain Killers, Heroin, Meth etc… – 1st Step Interventions

In Need of Addiction Help, Intervention or Counseling in Marin County for Prescription Pills, Pain Killers, Heroin, Meth etc…

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The growing problem of Addiction in Marin County is at epidemic proportions, Yet most families do not know how to access help or the right help for their loved one struggling with the Disease of Addiction. Let 1st Step Interventions take all the worry and work from you and put a plan into place that has a 95% success rate at getting addicts into recovery.

To help keep them in recovery and not relapsing we offer our Addiction Care Management Model – which in most cases doesn’t even require your loved one go to Treatment, this saves you tens of thousands of dollars and gives real results. SAMSHA – The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration publishes that 80% 0f those who go and then graduate from treatment will relapse within 6 months. Our Addiction Care Management Model of Recovery has much higher success rates and we will back that up with references.

We will also take the time to spend with you the family educating you and giving you the information you need to better support your loved one – this is all inclusive.

Stop your worrying, fear and despair today – get a good nights sleep knowing your loved one is getting actual real help. Call today for a free assessment 707-55-5146

Bio on Founder Bryan Bowen, CASII BRI I -Bryan is an International Addictions Specialist and Innovator. His experience includes Founding a Sober Living business, Founding an Extended Care Relapse Specific Treatment Center for Adult Males, Founding an Intervention Business coupled with a long-term Addiction Care Management Model, Treatment Industry Executive, accomplished Interventionist (with more than 400+ interventions), and working with Families and Addicts through Addiction Care Management™ Bryan Bowen has 15 years and 31,000 hours, of combined Direct Patient Care and outstanding experience having worked with 1000+ Addicts and their Families. Bryan also specializes in the Music Industry working with Artists in recovery. Skills range from pre-tour recovery planning, unraveling band dysfunction and tour support. Having traveled and conducted interventions and tour support internationally, Bryan is well established in both the Domestic and International Treatment Industries, and Entertainment Communities. Bryan Bowen also has extensive experience with Recovery, both from a personal and professional perspective. Bryan and his phone are always available and open for questions at anytime for a free assessment.

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How to find help for drug addiction in The East Bay, Alemeda County and Contra Costa County – 1st Step Interventions

Do you have someone in your life suffering from The Disease of Addiction and Talking to them hasn’t helped – Anxious and Scared?

Woman Yelling at ManFinding help for someone you love with and addiction to Pain Killers, marijuana, Opiates. alcohol, prescription drugs, Heroin etc.. can be harder than you think. Friends will tell you stories of people who have gone to Rehab and relapsed or you will go online and be faced with so many choices and each will tell you they are the best and treat everything under the sun in 28 days.

This can be confusing and add to your anxiety. 1st Step Interventions has been in business locally in the Bay Area  for over 10 years working in places like Sacramento, Marin, The East Bay, Santa Cruz, San Joe, Sonoma County and San Francisco to name a few area’s locally. We have an excellent reputation and have performed over 400+ successful Interventions and in our 15 years in the industry (other positions as well, see “About Us” on site) we have helped over 1000+ Addicts and their Families. Our Success rate with Intervention combined with Post Treatment Addiction Care Management is the best in the Industry because we understand what it takes to stay sober and don’t just leave Addicts on their on after treatment to find their way. If that worked they would be Clean and Sober already.

We are an Ethical company and I am a certified Interventionist and Addictions Services Counseling Expert. I will spend the time with you to hear what you and your loved one’s needs are and then recommend a reputable local Rehab that can help and will focus on Sobriety and what we know works, not fancy chefs, expensive views and high thread count bed sheets. None of these things have ever gotten anyone sober and just cost you more and feed the addicts entitlement.

Our first assessment is free so giving us a call today costs you nothing and we will help you begin the process of getting your loved one help that will stick and help you free yourself and your family from this crisis you have found yourself in. Our Interventions are compassionate, Professional and Confidential.

For longer term help, as addiction is a Chronic Disease, we have founded a Service for Continuing Care called Addiction Care Management. Essentially we remove you from having to police whether your loved one is staying Sober and doing what they need to early on to build a strong foundation for long term Recovery. When you call us please ask about our Service or you may go to www.addictioncaremanagment.com for more information.

Call today and move out from being help hostage by an addiction and help your loved one reclaim their life and move on healthy and positive 707-559-5146

Here is a testimonial letter

Dear Treatment Program (Name Omitted),

I wanted to express my thoughts about Bryan Bowen. During the initial stages of my brother intervention, your current guest as of yesterday, our family was referred to your facility by an out patient program in San Fran. I personally called Duffy’s and spoke with Sarah and ask for a referral to an intervention therapist, Bryan being one of two provided.  It is important for you both to know what impact your referral of Bryan had on our family and myself.

Our family did not know what the term intervention was until my wife Heather suggested it. Our brother Tom had just been admitted to the hospital because his body was failing under his addiction. The bottom was reached. Medically, the hospital stabilized him and released him to my sister, a nurse, my mother and Tom’s family.  The watch began and Tom did not drink for a week. But without an intervention, Tom would still be drinking, as I discovered in a voice mail on Saturday.

We hired Bryan and he championed the cause to completion. I was the initial family contact person with Bryan and he was professional from the start. I did not know Bryan, other than through his website. I had no context, background or anything- just Duffy’s referral.  Now in hindsight, everything is crystal clear. Thank you for selecting Bryan for your referral list. He has the passion, the depth, the anguish, the experiences of 400+ people, the sadness, the hope, the inspiration and the tenacity to convince a person who knows not what they do and causes them to voluntarily enter rehab.  As I warned Bryan in the beginning, my brother Tom is a difficult person. He is a “former” attorney, angry, insecure, reclusive, irrational etc. Bryan methodically initiated a process, counseled our very large family through numerous conference calls and emails preparing us and Tom’s family, including his 15 year old daughter, about what was to occur. He held the intervention and did not stumble, lose focus, nor lose control to Tom and his “ways”.  The intervention was brutal in so many respects, from the utter uncaring stoic presence Tom exhibited (addiction) to the agony and despair pleaded by his young daughter Alex to Tom’s heartlessness reaction to her love. Tom did not agree to go after the intervention, even though his entire family had read their third and final statements to Tom. Tom was the 20% of those people who stubbornly refuse to go to rehab after an intervention. There was Bryan through it all, unwavering. I believe even Bryan could not help but be personally impacted by this intervention. Bryan has been given the gift of grace- to help others. He carries a special energy to move mountains.  Bryan clearly went beyond his agreement with the family, volunteering his personal time without complaint. His door was always open, which was difficult given nearly the entire family was in two other time zones.  If Bryan is the person we now know him to be and you referred him to us, then we know what your program is all about. I have never met Bryan in person, just over the telephone, text and email. That’s a powerful advocate!  Thank you!!!

How to find help for drug addiction in San Francisco – 1st Step Interventions

Do you have someone in your life suffering from The Disease of Addiction and Talking to them hasn’t helped – Anxious and Scared?

Intervention ExpertFinding help for someone you love with and addiction to Pain Killers, marijuana, Opiates. alcohol, prescription drugs, Heroin etc.. can be harder than you think. Friends will tell you stories of people who have gone to Rehab and relapsed or you will go online and be faced with so many choices and each will tell you they are the best and treat everything under the sun in 28 days.

This can be confusing and add to your anxiety. 1st Step Interventions has been in business here locally for over 10 years working in places like Sacramento, Marin, The East Bay, Santa Cruz, San Joe, Sonoma County and San Francisco to name a few area locally. We have an excellent reputation and have performed over 400+ successful Interventions and in our 15 years in the industry (other positions as well, see “About Us” on site) we have helped over 1000+ Addicts and their Families.

We are an Ethical company and I am a certified Interventionist and Addictions Services Counseling Expert. I will spend the time with you to hear what you and your loved one’s needs are and then recommend a reputable local Rehab that can help and will focus on Sobriety and what we know works, not fancy chefs, expensive views and high thread count bed sheets. None of these things have ever gotten anyone sober and just cost you more and feed the addicts entitlement.

Our first assessment is free so giving us a call today costs you nothing and we will help you begin the process of getting your loved one help that will stick and help you free yourself and your family from this crisis you have found yourself in. Our Interventions are compassionate, Professional and Confidential.

For longer term help, as addiction is a Chronic Disease, we have founded a Service for Continuing Care called Addiction Care Management. Essentially we remove you from having to police whether your loved one is staying Sober and doing what they need to early on to build a strong foundation for long term Recovery. When you call us please ask about our Service or you may go to www.addictioncaremanagment.com for more information.

Call today and move out from being help hostage by an addiction and help your loved one reclaim their life and move on healthy and positive 707-559-5146

Here is a testimonial letter

Dear Treatment Program (Name Omitted),

I wanted to express my thoughts about Bryan Bowen. During the initial stages of my brother intervention, your current guest as of yesterday, our family was referred to your facility by an out patient program in San Fran. I personally called Duffy’s and spoke with Sarah and ask for a referral to an intervention therapist, Bryan being one of two provided.  It is important for you both to know what impact your referral of Bryan had on our family and myself.

Our family did not know what the term intervention was until my wife Heather suggested it. Our brother Tom had just been admitted to the hospital because his body was failing under his addiction. The bottom was reached. Medically, the hospital stabilized him and released him to my sister, a nurse, my mother and Tom’s family.  The watch began and Tom did not drink for a week. But without an intervention, Tom would still be drinking, as I discovered in a voice mail on Saturday.

We hired Bryan and he championed the cause to completion. I was the initial family contact person with Bryan and he was professional from the start. I did not know Bryan, other than through his website. I had no context, background or anything- just Duffy’s referral.  Now in hindsight, everything is crystal clear. Thank you for selecting Bryan for your referral list. He has the passion, the depth, the anguish, the experiences of 400+ people, the sadness, the hope, the inspiration and the tenacity to convince a person who knows not what they do and causes them to voluntarily enter rehab.  As I warned Bryan in the beginning, my brother Tom is a difficult person. He is a “former” attorney, angry, insecure, reclusive, irrational etc. Bryan methodically initiated a process, counseled our very large family through numerous conference calls and emails preparing us and Tom’s family, including his 15 year old daughter, about what was to occur. He held the intervention and did not stumble, lose focus, nor lose control to Tom and his “ways”.  The intervention was brutal in so many respects, from the utter uncaring stoic presence Tom exhibited (addiction) to the agony and despair pleaded by his young daughter Alex to Tom’s heartlessness reaction to her love. Tom did not agree to go after the intervention, even though his entire family had read their third and final statements to Tom. Tom was the 20% of those people who stubbornly refuse to go to rehab after an intervention. There was Bryan through it all, unwavering. I believe even Bryan could not help but be personally impacted by this intervention. Bryan has been given the gift of grace- to help others. He carries a special energy to move mountains.  Bryan clearly went beyond his agreement with the family, volunteering his personal time without complaint. His door was always open, which was difficult given nearly the entire family was in two other time zones.  If Bryan is the person we now know him to be and you referred him to us, then we know what your program is all about. I have never met Bryan in person, just over the telephone, text and email. That’s a powerful advocate!  Thank you!!!

 

Teen Pot and Marijuana use in San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, East Bay and South Bay greater consequences than first thought – 1st Step Interventions

Persistent cannabis users show neuropsychological decline from childhood to midlife

Teen Pot and Marijuana use has greater consequences for a young brain than previously thought. Scientific data backs up claim

Recent reports show that fewer adolescents believe that regular cannabis use is harmful to health. At the Same time, adolescents are starting to use pot and marijuana  at younger ages, and more adolescents are using cannabis on a daily basis. The purpose of the present study was to test the association between persistent cannabis use and neuropsychological decline and determine whether decline is concentrated among adolescent-onset cannabis users. Participants were members of the Dunedin Study, a prospective study of a birth cohort of 1,037 individuals followed from birth (1972/1973) to age 38 y. Cannabis use was ascertained in interviews at ages 18, 21, 26, 32, and 38 y. Neuropsychological testing was conducted at age 13 y, before initiation of cannabis use, and again at age 38 y, after a pattern of persistent cannabis use had developed. Persistent cannabis use was associated with neuropsychological decline broadly across domains of functioning, even after controlling for years of education. Informants also reported noticing more cognitive problems for persistent cannabis users. Impairment was concentrated among adolescent-onset cannabis users, with more persistent use associated with greater decline. Further, cessation of cannabis use did not fully restore neuropsychological functioning among adolescent-onset cannabis users. Findings are suggestive of a neurotoxic effect of cannabis on the adolescent brain and highlight the importance of prevention and policy efforts targeting adolescents.

The above study points to what everyone has always feared – the non-drug, innocent plant Marijuana is far more dangerous than the thoughts we have about it. As we learn more about the Brain and the fact that our Brains continue to grow and form well into our 20′s, we have begun to connect this with decline in all sorts of function from simple social skills to schizophrenia. The Brain is simply not able to tolerate the constant use of pot from a young adolescent age onwards and the scariest part of the story is that when one stops, if they do, the damage done does not repair itself.

My opinion is we will see more pot and marijuana use amongst adolescents as their parents start smoking more openly in legal states and just like their alcohol they will not protect their pot and marijuana from their children’s hands and more theft will happen from child stealing from parent. As a result we will see more young people smoking pot as they see it less harmful than alcohol and the results on their Brain functions will pay the price.

This is not a cry to not legalize pot – it is a cry to pay attention to our children in our care and know what they are doing and protect them from harming themselves and their brains in such a fashion. This is real and not going away. Due diligence in one’s home and paying attention is what Parenthood is partially about. We need to start practicing it with more responsibility to protect our young.

For help today or to discuss possible issues in your home call 1st Step Interventions today for a free assessment. 707-559-5146

  • Author contributions: M.H.M., A.C., and T.E.M. designed research; M.H.M., A.C., A.A., H.H., R.H., R.S.E.K., K.M., A.W., R.P., and T.E.M. performed research; M.H.M., A.C., R.H., and T.E.M. analyzed data; and M.H.M., A.C., and T.E.M. wrote the paper.

  • The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Marijuana Smoking teen problem in, Marin, Sonoma, San Francisco, Napa, Wanut Creek, Orinda, Danville, Lafayette, whole Bay Area – 1st Step Interventions

Marijuana Smoking in the group of adolescent children who are minors in Junior and Senior High School is a REAL PROBLEM in all Bay Area Cities and Counties. – Marin, Sonoma, Napa, San Francisco, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Sacramento,San Joaquin etc. All of our Cities such as Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, Novato, San Rafael, Mill Valley, Napa, St Helena, Danville, Walnut Creek, Orinda, Lafayette, Berkeley, San Jose Santa Cruz and on and on.

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The scariest thing is we really should not be calling it the same drug name we used in the ’70′s. Pot is 7 time plus more powerful than it was then. It would be like making beer 80 proof like vodka (instead of it’s 6% alcohol content) and still calling it Beer – that would be crazy, but it is what we do.

So our children and young adults in our families are smoking super strong Psychoactive substances while their young brains are still growing and the result is damage to their brains. A recent study http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/08/22/1206820109.abstract shows that cessation, if the user stops using pot the Brain does not return to a normal pre-damaged state. This is really scary. If we allow our children or young 21 year old family memmber to smoke pot on a regular basis, they are damaging their brain, their memory, attention, ability to think abstractly etc.. and this damage is permanent.

As Parents and law abiding caring citizens we need to risk talking to our young human cohorts, family members or children about the dangers of regular smoking of marijuana. I know personally of one 15 year old I have worked with who took a math test high on week and got a 48 the next week not high he took the same test and got an 88. the only difference was marijuana.

Take the time to know what your children are doing, be involved with your older kids.If you see Pot smoking speak up and be willing to tell them the truth of what you are seeing and the dangers. If you are smoking be willing to change your behaviors to help your children. We have a large population now of young adults who are suffering with flat affects and who are having difficulty launching into life. Of course and unfortunately if they are addicts their solution is to smoke more pot and just make the situations worse as it is a Chronic Disease and Expert Intervention

Many Parents themselves smoke Pot and need to get out of the mind set that it is harmless to their children. They need to realize IT IS a different drug and that they (the parents)may only be smoking a hit of pot), but their children are smoking far more than that and the results are not positive and hurting their children and their chances at a good life. If their child is also suffering from Addiction then the results are going to be far worse and without Recovery. If you are a Parent reading this and think you need help feel free to call us we offer a free assessment and can help you,

take first step nowCall today for a free assessment and a plan on how to move forward.

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Heroin use up amonst Young Adults in San Francico, Marin, East Bay and Sonoma – 1st Step Interventions

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Heroin use up amongst Young Adults in San Francisco, Marin, East Bay and Sonoma

All of us in the Treatment industry new when Purdue changed their formula of Oxycontin that Heroin use would skyrocket in the suburbs. What we missed was just how much it would go up.

A government study shows 620,000 people admitted to using heroin in 2011, twice the number in 2003 – it’s mostly being seen in, of all places, suburbia.

“Every part of Bergen County, NJ is touched in some way, shape or form by the heroin epidemic,” said Lt. Thomas Dombroski of the Bergen County, N.J., Prosecutor’s Office as he drove through the leafy suburbs west of New York City.

Bergen County reported 28 overdoses last year, up from previous years. Most of the victims were younger than 22.

In the Suburbs of San Francisco we are seeing similar numbers and in some areas worse.  Parent and Family members need to be on the watch for obvious signs,

  • Pinned Pupils
  • Slurred speech
  • “Nodding out” or falling asleep for moments at dinner, on the couch etc.
  • Items of value going missing.
  • Money missing
  • Money constantly being needed.
  •  New groups of friends
  • Being gone at weird hours and having to be some were right now
  • Grey look to skin
  • Long sleeves on hot days.

These are not all the signs but the major ones. The issues is only going to get worse so please be aware of what and where your kids are.

If you have any question you can call 1st Step Interventions at 707-559-5146

There is a bigger Drug Problem In Marin than anyone wants to believe -1st Step Interventions

Marin Drug Dealer Robbed at Gunpoint

The following article describes the worsenning drug problem in Marin and the answer is not more punishment – it is treating the addicts with the disease of addiction approriately so not just treatment but at least a yeat continuin care plan with Addition Care Management buitl in. If you kill the need then the supply goes away.

 By Bay City News Service

Suspects armed with handguns robbed a drug dealer from the East Bay of 3 pounds of marijuana on Friday evening in Marin County, deputies said.

At 7:23 p.m. on Friday, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office received an emergency call from a resident in the unincorporated community of Marin City reporting that someone was at the door of his residence claiming to have just been robbed at gunpoint and was asking for help.

Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the residence on Terners Drive near Donahue Street in less than a minute and spoke with a male victim. Sheriff’s deputies said the victim admitted to traveling to Marin County from the East Bay for the sole purpose of selling at least 3 pounds of marijuana to a pre-arranged buyer.

The victim told deputies that four people approached him and three of them were armed with semi-automatic handguns. The suspects robbed the victim of the marijuana, a cellphone, car keys, and a wallet.

Deputies said the victim was not physically injured during the robbery. All four suspects were last seen running from the scene on Terners Drive towards Drake Avenue, according to sheriff’s deputies.

Deputies searched the area, but did not find any suspects. The victim told sheriff’s deputies that he normally only sells marijuana to cannabis clubs and people in possession of a medical marijuana card.

He said this was the first time he had ever been robbed at gunpoint while conducting his business. According to deputies, the victim said that it seemed obvious to him in retrospect that this pre-arranged marijuana sale was a pre-planned armed robbery conducted by people he believed to be customers.

The incident remains under investigation and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Marin County Sheriff’s Investigations Unit at (415) 473-7265 or Bay Area Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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Why is Addiction Care Management or Case Management Needed – 1st Step Interventions

Why is Addiction Care Management or Case Management Needed

ADDICTION CARE

Why Choose Addiction Care Managemen Outpatient Model

 

Fact: In 2002, 22 million Americans

had substance dependence or abuse

(SAMHSA, 2002).

Fact: Approximately 3,500,000 of them

received some kind of treatment

(SAMHSA, 2002).

Fact: At least 2,800 relapsed.

Most will keep relapsing !! (SAMHSA,

2002).

Fact: Of those admitted to addiction

treatment, 60% already have one or

more prior treatment admissions; 24%

have three or more prior admissions

(SAMHSA, 2001).

Fact: The majority of people completing

addiction treatment will relapse in

the year following treatment (Wilbourne

& Miller, 2003), 80% of whom relapse

within 90 days of discharge (Hubbard,

Flynn, Craddock, & Fletcher,

2001).

Fact: Between 25% and 30% of clients

who complete addiction treatment will

be re-admitted to treatment within one

year, 50% within 2 – 5 years (Hubbard,

Marsden, Rachal, Harwood, Flynn,

Craddock, & Fletcher, 2001).

 

PROBLEM: Treatment is not enough

and a reliance solely on 12 Step

programs is not enough. All Treatment

Programs refer their patients only

to 12 Step Programs when completed.

The Disease of Addiction is a difficult

Chronic Illness to treat and requires

more over a long-term.

 

SOLUTION: Addiction Care Managements outpatient

Model of providing long-term Management of

Care. Outcomes and success are better, stronger

and more meaningful.

 

 

The Disease of Addiction is Chronic and just like Diabetes it never goes away. In 2003 SAMSHA – (The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) published that 80% of Addicts who complete a Treatment Program go back to active Addiction within their first year. The majority relapse within the first 6 months. Alcoholics Anonymous has even worse numbers of only 5% staying in Recovery. Our current Model of Treatment Services focuses too much just on Treatment and is an Acute system instead of a Chronic system of care. Bryan Bowen has seen this up-close too many times and developed the missing key – Addiction Care Management’s Outpatient Model of Continuing Care – A system where newly Recovering Alcoholics or Addicts can be followed for a longer term, have access to more services than just AA or NA (though they remain important) and have an Addiction Care Management Specialist to work with them and remove the Family as “The Recovery Cops”. Addiction Care Management Outpatient’s Program also provides help and education for the Family and helps them step out of trying to control the Addiction and get better help with issues that arise with living with a newly sober person.

Why The Current Recovery Process Fails

 

How Addiction Care Management Works

 

  • Intervention – Interventionist never seen again after intervention.
  • Intervention – Addiction care Specialist stays with and follows your Case for up to 1 year.
  • Treatment – Family rarely gets update from a Counselor or Therapist – gets information from Patient and is unsure of what is happening or needs to change. Once Treatment ends Patient never sees Counselor again, nor has any real interaction with Treatment Program
  • Treatment – Weekly Conference Calls with the Family and Addiction Care Specialist. The Treatment Program gives weekly updates  to your Addiction Care Management Specialist. Honest referrals to Programs with Ethics that work.
  • Family Program – 1-4 days with no post follow up. You cannot create real change or educate a Family System in such a short period. Nor, can a Family see, let alone understand their role in codependency and enabling. That they are not to blame but can change to better support the patient in recovery.
  • Family Program – Even though you might attend the Treatment Programs Family Program, you will continue to be educated through the use of our proprietary Workbook, conference calls and continued family education and information for up to 1 year. You will process issues that come up when your patient leaves Treatment and comes home or to another place of residence. Your Addiction Care Management Specialist is available any time during the Addiction Care Management Outpatient Period, to any one including the Patient.
  • Continuing Care – Treatment Center usually only recommends the Patient back to AA or NA. This is only part of the picture and more is needed for success.
  • Continuing Care – Your Addiction Care Management Specialist will be intimately involved with the Treatment Program helping to build the most successful Continuing Care Plan for your loved one. Since they have been involved since day one they are aware of all issues and potential pitfalls.
  • 80% of Patients Relapse – fall back into Shame and the Family feels defeated again. There has been no consistency in the Addicts Recovery nor in the Families Recovery
  • Addiction Care Management - Your Addiction Care Management Specialist will stay involved with your loved one’s Sobriety, Mental Health and Well-Being for the Period of time agreed on. At this point no one knows your loved one and their Recovery better than your Addiction Care Management Specialist. Your Addiction Care Management Specialist will manage your loved ones progress on a daily/weekly/monthly basis as needed, provide accountability on adherence to their Continuing Care Plan, help problem solve issues created in their addiction and recovery, provide Life Skills where necessary, intervene in any Crisis, make suggestions where appropriate and provide accountability. Your loved one will have someone who has been with them and you since the beginning. We provide an increased percentage of successful Long-Term Recovery. This is how you treat a chronic illness.

 

Addiction Care Management Details:

Addiction Care Management Outpatient’s Program assesses the Patient’s Life Skills, Recovery, Family and Mental Health needs Pre and Post Treatment. First contact is made when Family or loved one calls 1st Step Interventions for an Assessment. An Addiction Care Specialist from 1st Step Interventions will follow the Patient from their Intervention, thru Treatment and for up to 1 year Post Treatment. During this time the Addictions Care Specialist will have intimate knowledge of the Addicts issues, pitfalls and areas where they are doing well. They will also work with you – The Family – providing needed Support, Education and Answers.

  • While the Patient is in Treatment, follow up for the Client and “Family” for questions and support. One month is included in the Intervention Service.
  • Weekly post-Intervention follow up Conference calls for the Family. Once the Patient is out of Treatment your Addiction Care Specialist will have regular interaction with the Patient thru conference calls, face-to-face meetings. Your Addiction Care Specialist will help assess where the Patient is at, their needs and help manage that they get met.
  • Weekly consultations with the Patient Therapist/Case Manager/Counselor if Patient is in treatment during the time of Addiction Care Management. This includes but is not limited to, following Patient during treatment, recommendations for continuing residential treatment, outpatient treatment, continuing care and appropriate therapist/psychologist referrals. Advising the clinical team on the recommendations for Continuing Care Planning, once the Patient has completed the primary treatment program. This is dependent on IP sighing a Consent Form
  • Signing off on and helping construct the Patient’s Continuing Care Plan. Providing resources as needed.
  • Addiction Care Management Outpatient Program will put together the pieces of the Patient’s “Roadmap for Recovery” and the boundaries for each piece. Working with other Professionals in the Community where necessary to provide the best service
  • Addiction Care Management Outpatient Program and the “Roadmap for Recovery”.
  • Addiction Care Management Outpatient Program will manage all of the recovery activities. outlined for the Patient in the Continuing Care Plan.
  • 1st Step removes the family from the role of policing the patient’s recovery. The chief codependent to the Addict within the Family will be identified and the relationship will be worked on.
  • Addiction Care Management Outpatient Program will implement a “Stress identification and reduction Plan” for Patient’s stress and in each case a plan will be put into place with appropriate education and training were necessary. This may include Life Skills.
  • Addiction Care Management Outpatient Program will manage Patient’s recovery in stages that build on each other and individual responsibility and provide an exit stage.
  • Providing support for Client and Family and providing a concrete plan for Client and Families growth and recovery.
  • Addiction Care Specialist led assessments of Patient’s progress and well-being. Patient must have a signed consent, if in Treatment, for communication to take place. Addiction Care Specialist will follow Addiction Care Management Outpatient Program’s assessment criteria for Addiction issues and provide Patient and family with qualified updates and any additional tools if needed.
  • Managing random alcohol and drug screening of Patient after treatment if required. 92% of Pilots recover because they have to participate in a drug and alcohol testing program for 5 years post Treatment. This does work and the minimal cost is worth it. Addiction Care Management Outpatient Program can supply all necessary testing material and has a lab for additional testing.
  • Managing and helping provide accountability on Patient’s adherence to Continuing Care plan.
  • Providing a Relapse Plan. Should a Patient have a relapse your Addiction Care Specialist will manage that plan if event happens during the time of Addiction Care Management. Your Addiction Care Specialist will get everyone back on track with no drama or shame.
  • Weekly Face-to-Face meeting with Patient if possible and TBD. Expenses are responsibility of Client.

Average amount of time per month Addiction Care Management outpatient Program provides up to 16  hours per month (unused hours cannot be used from one month to another.) This includes time spent with Family during weekly conference calls and helping the Family move into its own recovery, Working with The Family Workbook, Weekly Contacts with Patients either by phone or face to face, Addressing issues as they come up for Patients or Families, Managing referrals to other Doctors, Psychiatrist’s, Therapists etc. Being Accessible to Family or Patient at any time to help process issues or problem solve issues as they arise as. Making sure the Patient participates in a 12 step program and actually works the steps with a Sponsor. This also includes on going education for the Family and Patient and helping each move forward in their own Recovery. Addiction Care Management will also handle ALL issues as they do or will arise with the recovering patient, or a Family member. Should a case require more time than 16 hours per month than additional fees may apply, but will always be discussed first.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde It’s a widely accepted belief that we alcoholics and addicts have two personas that may be extremely divergent or just slightly different. We may even have more than two that add to our deep experience of internal conflict. For example, we may recognize the loving husband and father who coaches Little League and enjoys his family when he’s not lying to them, getting drunk and beating his wife and kids. Subtler is the addicted doctor who practices quality medicine and plays by the rules until he decides to lie to his staff and family as he begins to self-administer narcotics or other controlled substances. You probably know the cliché phrase Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from the story by Robert Louis Stevenson. Dr. Jekyll is a fine individual who turns into the monster, Mr. Hyde, once he ingests the “poison.” This seems like alcoholism, except the alcoholic starts becoming Mr. Hyde before he ingests the alcohol or other drug. The transformation into Mr. Hyde, the using addict, precedes his actual use. You have heard it before -  “Relapse happens before the usage”. In essence, people get ready to relapse. They begin to behave, think, and feel in ways they used to behave, think and feel when they were actively addicted. This has always been called a “dry drunk.”

Relapse is active use. Relapse behavior, thinking and feeling come first. But remember, a person doesn’t relapse until he or she takes the drink, the pill, the needle or the sniff. Addiction Care Management will teach you to intervene on yourself before you take the relapse action. We will focus on the Dr. Jekyll part of you becoming Mr. Hyde. One of our major goals is to heighten self-awareness without increasing self-obsession. When you are able to notice the earliest signs of your addict emerging and you take the appropriate steps to avoid using, you have averted a relapse. You are beginning to take the actions needed for “living sober.” We Professionals who are alcoholics and addicts know what it’s like to be at war with ourselves. We know what it’s like to be at war with others too, but the big war is an inside battle. Until we are solid in recovery, and even then, we maintain strong defenses against seeing ourselves clearly. We work to mute the opposing players within us. Dry…using. Dry…using. Back and forth we go, we undermined steady, forward growth in recovery by forces within. Is this experience unique to alcoholics and addicts? NO! It is part of being human. But does it cause trouble for addicts and alcoholics? Yes, and so we must look inside to see who’s there. What blocks us from maintaining a healthy recovery?

Trauma Why are you afraid? This is a big question, one you will tackle repeatedly in Treatment and Addiction Care Management. Sometimes you’ll be able to look back on your life and remember old behaviors, beliefs, feelings and relationships that were distressing to you. Now, you may be able to see that you felt afraid. You felt alone. You felt inadequate to take care of yourself. But you had nowhere to turn for help. Many addicts and alcoholics have grown up with trauma. Trauma means being in a state of utter helplessness and hopelessness. It may be the experience of living through an earthquake, flood or war when you thought you might die. It may be the experience of living with out-of-control, alcoholic parents. You couldn’t stop them and you couldn’t protect yourself. Another, a trusted family member, friend or a stranger, may have abused you. In these examples you have been the victim of trauma — a natural disaster or someone else’s out-of-control behavior. As you work through the exercises of uncovering the past, you will remember these traumas. You may see that your relapses have been directly connected to these past experiences and your fear of the power of these memories in recovery. Many people drink or use to try to control memories. We will help you remember and we will help you learn to cope with all of your past. This work is hard and painful, but it is often necessary to maintain sobriety. There is another kind of trauma that is also related to relapse. That’s the trauma you inflicted on yourself and others by being addicted. We will work with you to uncover how you lost control, how you were helpless, what you did to yourself and others and how hard it is to remember and to take responsibility for your behavior, beliefs, feelings, and patterns of relationship. You traumatized yourself. You became your own victim.  You were out-of-control and helpless, though you may have believed it was just the opposite.

 

 

Marin Drug and Alcohol Abuse Help – 1st Step Interventions

 You Live in Marin and you have just found Drugs in your Child’s room. After having a moment of sheer fear – what do you do and where do you turn?

1st Step Interventions and Addiction Care Management have been servicing the Bay Area for over a Decade. WE have helped over 1000+ Addicts and their Families and have performed over 375+ successful Interventions: We are the Answer to your dilemma and will help you discern what help is needed and help you put the plan in place. We have specialized in helping families facing addictions and have a compassionate and successful track record. Having been where you are once and the Professional Training we have has given us the upper hand at helping and being the best in The Bay Area./

 

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You have just discovered drugs, alcohol or drug paraphernalia in your Child’s room – what are you to do. Scold them and hopefully scare them into never using again, punish them to teach them a lessen, talk to them so they understand the pitfalls – all of the above. This is where Parents wish their kids came with a manual. The Answer is neither yet. You are better off calling a Professional Addiction Service like 1st Step Interventions and Addiction Care Management. We can help assess the issue and help guide you towards a better resolution to the problem and help give you strength and guidance. Every situation is different and because we have helped over 1000+ Addicts and their Families over the last 14 years we have seen just about every scenario.

!st Step Interventions and Addiction Care Management is on the front line of Addiction help for families. Our Services cover every possible issue: Our Services cover Sacramento to Carmel and over through the East Bay to Stockton and Fresno. So we Cover, San Francisco, Marin Sonoma, Napa, Santa Cruz, Monterrey, Carmel, San Jose,Walnut Creek, Danville, Orinda Lafayette,Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Mill Valley, San Rafael – about every City and County within a 100 mile radius of San Francisco. 

Our Services, to name a few, include:

  • Instervention
  • Care/Case Management Post Treatment to ensure the Patient is following all of heir Continuing Care Plan
  • Family Education
  • Drug Testing
  • Life Skills

Here are some reason for Using our Services:

  • Not sure if your Child is an addict or just experimenting with Drugs. Our Addiction Care Management Model of Treatment can help assess the situation and over a short period of time make a recommendation.
  • Not sure what drug your child is using and how they are using and hiding it. We can discover the drug(s) and frequency of use and help you make decision that is in the best welfare of the child.
  • If you Child is a legal adult but has failed to launch into life, we can help find them their way and discover if substances are getting the the way of their success.
  • We can set up regular Drug testing and Monitor compliance and if they fail get them to sometimes agree to treatment without an intervention
  • Have they lost their direction and instead of moving forward are they stuck in their addiction. We can help. Sometimes this involves getting an intervention together,and moving them into treatment without any issues.
  • Families are sometimes reluctant to do an intervention for a host of reasons the biggest is they are afraid the patient will be mad and never talk to them again. In all of our experience of doing 375+ interventions over the paste decade we have yet to see any of this happen.

Call 1st Step Interventions and Addiction Care Management 707-559-5146 the call is free and the first 1/2 hour assessment is free so you have nothing to lose,

 

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Marin County Ranks Poorly Amongst Teen Drug use, Alcohol Binge Drinking and Smoking – 1st Step Interventions

In the 2012 county health rankings just published by the University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine and Public Health and the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation comparing state by state and county by county, Marin County did poorly amongst factors that look at Drug Use, Alcohol Binge Drinking and Smoking – these are statistics for underage users.

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One of the factors that came out of this report, which included education, teen birth rates and proxi­mity to fast-food restaurants, was how poorly Marin County did on three basic issues: alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse, including the problem of high school teens’ binge drinking.

To examine the three major issues mentioned above we need to look no further than the study done by the American Lung Association printed in our newspapers about how poorly Marin County has done in smo­king issues in four cities: Belvedere, Corte Madera, Mill Valley and Sausalito got an F from the American Lung Association in overall tobacco issues, including smoke-free outdoor air, smoke-free housing and reducing sales of tobacco products. San Anselmo got a D in these. In fact, six CVS pharmacies have been reported in stings for selling tobacco pro­ducts to un­der­age kids. It has been shown in prior studies that there is a linkage between Teen Smoking and Drug and Alcohol abuse issues. Not that the smoking cause the issues, just that it is an indicator of potential problems in the future. Alcoholism is s Disease and one that is not brought on by underage smoking – just wanted to make that point clear.

In the field of alcohol and binge drink­ing our teen­agers were also caught in Marin County sheriff’s stings, purchasing and stealing alcohol by having those over 21 buy and sell it to the underage. Binge drinking by teens is on the increase, according to the Marin County Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Coalition.

Prescription drug abuse is also on the increase, with legitimate prescription drug use being abused and teens stealing these medi­ca­tions from parents or grandparents’ medicine cabinets. Who has not read or heard about the recent rave parties causing teen deaths?

What can be done – If you just focus on the above facts things seem bleak. But there is an answer and it does require Parents to step up and be Parents and not be so afraid to confront your Child – even if you smoked a little Marijuana growing up. The Drugs are changing – they are stronger and more addictive. Take a risk and call an Addiction Services Company like 1st Step Interventions and Addiction Care Management. We are set up to help in these exact situations. We have decades of experience and have helped over 1000+ Addicts and their Families navigate their way out of these issues, without guild, shame or blaming. Call Today the assessment is free 707-559-5146

 

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