THE PATH TO RECOVERY BEGINS WITH THE 1ST STEP
LOVE, FEELINGS AND FACTS ARE THE TOOLS THAT CAN BE USED TO MOTIVATE THE ADDICT TO RECEIVE HELP
Some questions to ask yourself about the person with the Addiction
Has the quality of life changed for the worse for the addicted person and those around them?
Do they continue to use despite consequences.
Have they become isolated in their life.
Are they often in financial or some other type of distress or crisis?
Have they lost a marriage, job or something else dear to them as a result of their using?
Does Intervention work. Yes, 1st Step Interventions has a 95% success rate. 75% will go the day of the intervention, because it is led as a very loving and caring family meeting. The other 20% will go within a few hours, sometimes days up to a week. This is if the Family holds their bottom lines and commitment. We want to raise the bottom up to the addict before they actually hit their bottom – which for too many is death.
How does the Process work?
After you call 1st Step Interventions and assessment is made. At this time you can decide if we are a good fit for you and you would like to hire us. If it is determined your loved one needs Treatment we will give the you a list of recommended honest, professional and good Treatment Programs to discuss. This can be done on a conference call with all family members and concerned friends present no matter where in they are in the country. 1st Step Interventions then starts putting all the plans into place and setting up a pre-intervention and an
Intervention date is set. The pre-intervention takes place usually the day before the intervention and last about 3 hours. During the pre-interventions we discuss everything from The Disease of Addiction, what is currently going on with the afflicted person, what everyone is going to say during the intervention, there are Intervention Statements filled out and we practice and go over the actual Intervention several times so everyone is very comfortable with the process and how we are going to have the family meeting. This is a good time for any family member or friend to ask questions or voice concerns.
This takes place usually the next morning as to keep the addict from ingesting too much alcohol or drugs already. The Intervention is very loving, caring, honest, focused, calm and lasts anywhere from ½ hour to an 1 hour and a ½. During this time 1st Step Interventions keeps total control of the situation as to keep it on track and moving forward in a caring factual manner. Once the addict says yes to help it is over and then we move to the next phase.
When does the addict go to Treatment? After the intervention and the patient has accepted help we move right away to get them admitted that day. 1st Step Interventions will have thought of everything needed, made sure everything is taken care of and in order and will move the process forward to Treatment.
What about Detox: While it is not always easy to exactly know everything or the quantities that the addict is using. Our years of experience come in handy here. 1st Step interventions will have asked all the necessary questions up front to get an extremely good picture. Your Interventionist will also discuss this privately with the Patient after they have said yes. Our goal is to get them to Treatment safely, comfortably and to make sure their detox is comfortable and successful. We will alert The Treatment Programs Admissions and Medical team as to what the Patient is using and in what quantities and frequency.
What to bring to treatment: Here is a general list of what is ok and what is not ok (This is general and may changed Center to Center)
- Payment if not made in advance
- Your Drivers License or other Photo ID like Passport
- A list of all your medications and dosages. Please bring sufficient medications for your travel to and from the Center. While in treatment, authorized medications will be distributed from the pharmacy the use at an additional cost.
- The names, addresses, and phone numbers of health care professionals, referents, family members and anyone else you would like to have involved in your treatment.
- A Calling Card to make long distance calls at designated times.
- Personal toiletries, including shampoo and conditioner, hair spray, mouthwash, body lotion, sun screen. All your toiletries must be alcohol free.
- Electronics: An alarm clock (no clock radios) and hairdryer. Headset radios, CD players and iPods may be brought and can be used during designated times (this can vary from Center to Center – we will keep you apprised)
- Comfortable clothes that are Season appropriate and appropriate if Patient is leaving the state.
- If you smoke cigarettes you must bring packaged, sealed cartons. We do not sell cigarettes.
- Inappropriate Clothing:
- Drug or alcohol “logo” clothing: Excessively tight fitting clothes; low cut, sleeveless or revealing shirts; torn jeans or tee shirts; short-shorts (only mid-thigh shorts may be worn)
- Items exceeding $500 in value. Centers are not liable for the loss or damage of any money, jewelry, documents, or any other articles of unusual value.
- Cell Phone. TV’s, Computer, Laptop, Cameras. (Some Treatment Programs allow some, check first)
- Caffeine products
- Cosmetics that contain alcohol, hairsprays, perfume, nail polish remover, nail glue, hair color chemicals, aerosol containers, Aftershave, Cologne.
- Weapons of any kind.
Family involvement and the Family Program: All person who enter Recovery with family support do better. However, we realize this is not always easy due to trust and other issues. Addiction Care Management addresses these very real issues and problems. While most if not all Treatment Centers have some variation of a Family Program it is almost impossible to change in such a short amount of time while also trying to understand and learn about this Disease destroying and killing your loved one, friend or co-worker. During Addiction Care Management the family is educated and given the information needed to look at the whole picture and what part they can change and how they can be supportive. They also learn how to have appropriate expectations of the newly sober addict. It can take 6-9 months of Addiction Care Management to really help affect change in a family dynamic.
Can someone really get and stay sober and in recovery?: Absolutely, the difference between someone staying sober and being in recovery or not is whether they follow their Continuing Care Plan after treatment. What makes this happen is when the people in their lives who were co-dependent and enabled the addiction stop and change their ways. An addiction cannot happen without enabling. Addiction Care Management helps family, friends, co-workers, spouses etc.. stop their pattern of enabling. Once this is achieved the addict will follow the plan and get into recovery. Time and time again I have heard the same reasons for relapse – my family gave everything I needed again (apartment, car etc..) and I thought I was fixed. I stopped going to 12 Step meetings, calling my Sponsor or working the steps and no one even new or paid attention – I snowed my family into thinking I was doing everything. I had no Professional in my life like an Addiction Care Specialist from Addiction Care Management who was there every step of the way with me helping, guiding and providing accountability in a caring way that I was actually doing what I needed to.
What are the Charges for Intervention, etc.. There are different charges for Intervention, Addiction Care Management and Transportation. After your assessment we will discuss these and the different costs of Treatment and the different lengths of stay. Our goal at 1st Step Interventions and Addiction Care Management is to not have you waste money on fancy treatment programs (I have never seen a view or private chef get someone sober). We want you to get the best treatment that will detox, stabilize and open your loved one up to the idea of Therapy and looking at themselves and to be able to afford Intervention and Addiction Care Management for 6-12 months. It is during the time frame of Addiction Care Management, that first 6 months out of treatment that people have the hardest time and relapse. We cannot count the numerous people who are sober and in recovery today because of Addiction Care Management and all it offers. So our goal is to be able to have you be able to afford which is why we keep our rates low and our and give a lot of services for them – because we care more about your loved one getting their life back than anything else.