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19 People arrested in Sacramento in 20-home drug bust – 1st Step Interventions


Search warrants served at 20 homes across Elk Grove and Sacramento County led to the arrests of 19 people after law enforcement found thousands of marijuana plants at the residences Wednesday.

Elk Grove Police Officer Chris Trim said the department’s street crimes unit has been investigating suspects for the past several months. He said they are responsible for a large scale indoor pot grow and cultivation operation.

During the search of the homes, law enforcement found about 6,000 marijuana plants, more than 180 pounds of processed marijuana and more than $70,000 in cash.

“It ranks up there with some of the larger ones we had several years ago that ended up going federal, as far as the DEA involvement,” Trim said.

Trim said nine children, between the ages of one and 15, were living at some of the homes that were converted into marijuana grows; they were taken into custody by Child Protective Services because they were being raised in a hazardous environment.

Elk Grove police worked with Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, Yolo Narcotics Enforcement Task Force, YubaSutter Narcotic Enforcement Team and Department of Justice during the investigation, home searches and arrests.

“Seems part for the course for Elk Grove,” Hutchison said. “We watch it on the news every six months.”

Example of seriosness of Drug Problem and Drug Abuse in Sacramento

This story taken from News10/KXTV Sacramento, illiterates the need for more Rehabs and Drug Intervention and Counseling Services in Sacramento. Even though the amounts seems high, they are not even enough to supply the Marijuana needs of Sacramento. At 1st Step Interventions we recognize that if 20% of the United States population have Addiction then 50,000 people alone suffer from Addiction. There are not enough services to support this need. We at 1st Step Intervention try to do our part by speaking for free to Parents at High Schools and Community colleges, but sometimes it just doesn’t feel like enough. The amount of homes converted for Pot growing in Sacramento just couldn’t put the problem out there any louder.

Also, all of these homes have probably been destroyed by mold created inside the walls from the constant high humidity needed to grow Marijuana indoors. These homes also have to be tagged as having been used to manufacture drugs which hurts their resale and leaves hundreds of homes abandoned in our neighborhoods left unattended.

Be aware of what is going on in your neighborhoods and should you need help for anyone you know with an Addiction Proglem we at 1st Step Interventions offer a free assessment. Just call us at 7077-559-5146 or email



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CASA report decries quality of addiction treatment system

Analysis says Patients, counselors pay the price for a lack of standards

While few of its individual findings will come as much of a surprise to seasoned professionals in the addiction field, a newly issued report from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA Columbia) packs a punch in its assault on current substance use treatment practice.

Perhaps the most stinging, if still not stunning, comment in the report is its statement that the medical profession is largely absent from addiction practice and that the counseling professionals who deliver most of the treatment services to patients are often subject to few or no qualification standards.

“There simply is no other disease where appropriate medical treatment is not provided by the health care system and where patients instead must turn to a broad range of practitioners largely exempt from medical standards,” CASA Columbia vice president Susan Foster said in a news release issued this week.

CASA this week released a mammoth report of nearly 600 pages, entitled Addiction Medicine: Closing the Gap Between Science and Practice. The research team led by Foster relied on numerous data sources that included but was not limited to five national data sets, a survey of more than 1,100 members of addiction treatment organizations, and a survey of 360 individuals in recovery. Grants from several charitable foundations financed the five-year project.

Here are some of the findings CASA is highlighting from its report:

  • Only about 1 in 10 individuals who need treatment for addiction are receiving it, compared with 7 of 10 individuals with chronic illnesses such as diabetes and depression who are receiving treatment for those conditions.
  • A total of $28 billion was spent in the United States in 2010 to treat addiction, an illness that affects 40 million people. By comparison, $107 billion was spent that year to treat heart disease, which affects 27 million people.
  • Only 2 cents of every dollar spent on addiction-related costs pays for treatment and prevention efforts, as the vast majority of spending focuses on the health consequences of substance abuse.
  • Addiction treatment remains largely disconnected from mainstream medical practice. The report cites research data showing that only 29% of individuals who visited a general medical practitioner in the past year were ever asked about alcohol or other drug use.

The Counselors who handle the majority of clinical care in addictions are subject to a Hodgepodge of educational and credentialing requirements from state to state, with nearly one-third of states requiring no certification or licensure to practice and only half a dozen states requiring that counselors hold a bachelor’s degree or higher.

The report characterizes the gap between research and practice as “unfair to the thousands of addiction counselors who struggle, in the face of extreme resource limitations and no medical training, to provide help to patients with the disease of addiction and numerous co-occurring medical conditions.”

The report issued numerous recommendations to improve addiction treatment practice and policy, including:

  • Developing core clinical competencies for addiction treatment and prevention and requiring that they be taught in all relevant education and training programs.
  • Standardizing the language that is used to describe the full range of severity of substance use problems in the population.
  • Requiring routine screening and brief intervention for individuals in all government service systems, from corrections to housing to child welfare.
  • Requiring that all addiction treatment facilities be licensed under the same provisions and standards as other healthcare facilities.
  • Implementing a national public health campaign coordinated by federal government agencies to educate citizens about all forms of risky substance use.

**Addiction Professional Magazine – June 26, 2012 by Gary A. Enos, Editor

AS a Professional who has worked in the Treatment Industry since 1999 in various positions, Owner Operator of 8 Single Sex Sober Homes in The Bay Area, Certified Alcohol and other Drugs Counselor (CA), Owner/ Operator 1st Step Interventions (2033-present), Owner and Operator of 52 Bed Young Men’s Relapse Specific Treatment Program;

I have always wondered if this is a Medical Disease that is Chronic in Nature why we do not have more of the Medical Profession working side by side with us. I find it totally baffling and unethical all at the same time. This goes to my current theme that Treatment Programs have painted themselves into a corner. A corner by which, a stronger and more Ethical Association than NAATP is needed to skillfully lead us out. No offense aimed at NAATP as it does what it does well. But this is a different task at hand and requires full time attention and skill. Also, a encyclopedia knowledge of Insurance and it’s Industry.

No, more than ever is a time to come together with well thought out Conferences instead of more semi-real Conferences where Dinner, Golf and Cigars afterwards are more important than anything being said in talks that might God forbid move our Industry forward. I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but like so many the problems are glaring.




Sobering Addiction Facts

AddictionWE have, I believe as a Society become so numbed to Addiction the growing number of drunks and addicts on the street or another article in a Celebrity Magazine about the latest Celebrity Alcohol or Related Death that I get scared that it is causing us as this Society to stop realizing that from year to year, Decade to Decade since just when the War On Drugs was started by President Nixon the problems is growing and progressing and affecting our Children at an alarming rate. I thought I would share what is Addiction and then some facts to get us thinking again about this problem. The Addiction Industry is in shambles with horrifying relapse rates and essentially no lobbying help up in Washington and no forward thinking individuals willing to challenge the Treatment Industry to get out of Treating this Chronic illness with and Acute illness model and to stop putting profits ahead of taking a real hard look at what is broken.



  •  “A primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry.”

ASAM, April 11, 2011

  • Chronic relapsing disorder characterized by drug-seeking and drug-taking behaviors despite negative consequences.


PillsAddiction Facts:

  • Lifetime prevalence: 12%
  • Causes 20% of all deaths per year
  • Costs in excess of $600 Billion per year
  • 1/3 of all hospital in-patient costs are addiction related

(SAMHSA, 2011 NSDUH; Ries, et al., 2009)

  • Addiction makes up 25% of primary care patient visits.

(Jones et al., Am. Fam. Physician, 2003)

  • 2 million of the 2.3 million incarcerated Americans have histories of alcohol or substance abuse

(U.S. Department of Justice, 2006)

  • $28 Billion to treat 40 million Americans with

substance use disorders

(CASA at Columbia University, 2011

  • There are over 28 million people suffering from addiction

and less than 12% receive treatment.


  • 40-60% of people relapse after drug and alcohol treatment.


  • 80% relapse rate with opioid dependence.



What I believe is happening as the problem of the Disease of Addiction gets worse, to cope, Families and Spouses fall into the unspoken result of Addiction at an alarming rate:



Changing your own behavior to adapt, ignore, struggle or otherwise cope with another person’s substance abuse problem. Some of the behaviors that families, friends and co-workers adopt are called “enabling”. Enabling is action that you take to protect the person with the problem from the consequences of their actions. Unfortunately, enabling actually helps him or her to not deal with the problem.


Final Thoughts:

It is time for a real Organization to rise up in the Addiction’s field and help solve several problems that are not being addressed.

  1. Treatment in it’s current format does not work. An Organization needs to be first honest enough to say it and secondly capable of looking forward for solutions that work and might make it so all of these Private Pay Centers need to put some of their profit back into the Center towards solutions that work.
  2. Long Term Addiction Care Management™ needs to be built into the Continuum of Addiction Care. Much like Diabetics are seen regularly after their initial diagnosis and treatment experience.
  3. While 12 step Programs are great, and this writer is an active member, having them as the only real Continuing Care solution handed out to Patients leaving Treatment Programs is and old archaic way of treating this Disease.
  4. Someone needs to keep watch over the Pharmacology Industry as it tries to sells us more drugs to get us of off drugs – does this seem weird and scary to only me? Read my Blog on Detox meds becoming the norm in abstinence instead of staying on the Detox unit. At rapids amounts they are showing up in our High Schools.
  5. Intervention needs to be regulated, taken off TV where it is made to seem like a joke or Meeting that is fun to watch like a car wreck. Intervention is a serious Model for getting an Addicted Brain full of Denial into Help. Many reputable Intervention Companies, like 1st Step Interventions act with Integrity and have all of the required licenses, Certifications and Insurance to ensure the process is Professional, Ethical and has high success rates.
  6. Insurance companies need to be made to have Parity towards sick patients with the disease of addiction just like any other.