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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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Novato Checkpoint catches DUI Offender – 1st Step Interventions

Check Point takes a Man driving drunk  off Marin County Streets

Novato DUI

I read this article and then tried to remember how many DUI deaths have happened over the last 10 years that I can remember being reported in Marin County and Cities Like Novato, the sad thing is I can remember quite a few.

The National Highway Patrol Association reports that somewhere aroung 70% of all drivers on the highway after midnight on any given night are under the influence of alcohol or drugs and a large percentage are above the legal limit. Each one of these drivers is a potential killer.

The sad thing is that most of these DUI cases or deaths or accidents could have been averted if Families has just called an Intervention Company that specializes in Addiction Services like 1st Step Interventions. Most Families get caught up in the whirlwind of the Addiction and don’t know what to do. And to give some of them credit they have tried to talk to the member of the family who is struggling with substance abuse or obvious Addiction, but their pleas go no where and their codependency keeps them stuck.

Intervention can be the most loving thing you can do for a family member. It is an act of kindness shown to a person who is suffering from a Mental Illness, Addiction, which is a Brain Disease, and who on their own cannot stop until some consequence like a DUI or killing someone while driving drunk causes the crisis the then makes the family call for help. If the family where just to call before hand and  become educated on their options and how caring and compassionate a Intervention can be, then a great deal of these drivers could get help first.

At 1st Step Interventions we are glad the police are out there doing checkpoints, but I have to admit I get sad knowing that many of these drivers could have avoided the trouble they are in or the potential harm they could have caused, if the people that love them would just take a risk and call a Rehab or Addiction Intervention Company beforehand here in Marin County, The Greater Bay Area or Cities like Novato.

If you have a love one suffering from addiction or who you know drives under the influence in San Francisco, Novato, Napa, Walnut Creek, Sacramento – any Northern California area please take a risk and help someone not get killed and your loved one get help by calling 1st Step Interventions for a free assessment today.

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

Sacramento

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, Yuba-Sutter 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 bryanbowen@1ststepinterventions.com

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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.