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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!!!

 

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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San Francisco’s Heroin Problem – A snp shot of the United States – 1st Step Interventions

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I just recently wrote about the Heroin Problem in San Francisco and the availability of higher grade Heroin such as “Gunpowder” Heroin, a stronger form of Heroin than its cousin Black Tar. It seems Cities and Counties across the United States, some more landlocked than other are facing a similar epidemic. Recently reported in the Behavioral Healthcare Newsletter was an article on a “full blown heroin crisis in Vermont”. The last I check Vermont is a land locked State with no ports to the open ocean, therefore the heroin is making its way inland without the use of ports. The point of the article is that it costs 1,000 plus per day to lock up a heroin offender in prison in the State of Vermont, but on;y $100 a day to afford them treatment for their Disease of Addiction. 80% of the offenders in Vermont Prisons are there for drug offenses and addiction and the State spend more on these offenders than it does sending students to state funded Colleges.

success failureI don’t pretend to know the answer, but at 1st step Interventions and Addiction Care Management we believe that addiction is a Disease and you would no more lock up someone with diabetes as you would with an other Chronic Illness. Treatment works as a first line of offense against the Disease of Addiction, but it cannot be the only line of offense. We need to look at more and more Professional long term interactions with newly Sober individuals to ensure compliance with medical and treatment recommendations; similar to the way you would any other Chronic Illness. We also need to stop criminalizing the Addict caught in the throws of addiction. It is far too easy to look at them and say it is their fault and they need to pull their bootstraps up = but it is not that simplistic. Addiction is a Brain Disease with a Brain disorder  that causes a craving and thus the addict will do things against their better conscience and will to fulfill their craving.

At 1st step Interventions and Addiction Care Management we believe and have seen hundreds of times full blown addicts get their life’s back and go on  to live full lives full of greatness. It all starts with a Family willing to step out of their codependency and with the help of  1st Ste put an Intervention Plan together and then once the Addict has finished treatment they usually hire on Addiction Care management to ensure their Continuing Care Plan is being followed and there is accountability.

The combination of a Professional Intervention, good Treatment and a solid Addiction Care Management plan ensures success and the addict and families can get back to their lives. Call Today your first assessment is free 707-559-5146

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Following Your Continuing Care Plan Is The Key To Sobriety – 1st step Interventions

logoLet’s face it the majority of people come to Sobriety via a Treatment Program and when they leave they get a Continuing Care Plan. Just like when you leave after being in a hospital you get going home instructions. There is a reason for it. In Recovery your Continuing Care Plan is your Road Map to “A Lasting Focus On Recovery”

success failureWhether you are a patient or a Family Member, you should be 100% familiar with what is on the Continuing Care Plan. This is going to be the key to your success or failure in Recovery, and this affects the Family too, so there is no reason for the Family not to be included in what is on it. Addiction is a Chronic Brain Disease that is never going to go away, taking care of it daily then should be a priority. In my Addiction Care Management practice I make it a point for the Patient to share with the Family their Continuing Care Plan. My private practice is located in the 100 miles around San Francisco, so I cover Sacramento, Sonoma County, Marin County, Contra Costa County, Santa Clara County, all the way down to Carmel and over to Fresno and Stockton. I also know from personal experience and all that I have seen working in this field for 15 years with over 1000+ Addicts and Families and having performed over 350+ Interventions, that following the Continuing Care Plan works.

I often ask myself if this is the case, then why do 80% of the people who leave treatment relapse – I have figured out a few reasons and please pay attention to these – relapse out of treatment may mean the difference between your life and death. This is mostly because Narcotics users and some Alcoholics have been used to having high tolerances and when they relapse they use what they were using before, not really realizing that 28 days of not using has diminished their tolerance – and they overdose or their organs (particularly heart) give out.

  • Human Nature – When we feel better we stop doing what was working. How many with the flu who get 10 Antibiotic pills don’t take the last 2 or 3 because they feel better. Or if you lost 20 lbs, stop doing what got you there and next thing you know you are back 20lbs heavier again. It pays to have additional on going Professional Care after Treatment that can keep you on track.
  • Issues Post Treatment – We don’t realize in Rehab that afterwards other potential issues can raise their ugly head – what do we do then. If we are not following our Continuing Care Plan we tend not to have the support to deal with these negative internal feelings and since our coping skills are not there yet, we medicate them.
  • Don’t’ take AA or NA seriously – too many people get caught up in the fact that the word God is in the 12 steps – who cares when the 12 steps are going to save your life. Being a member of a 12 Step Group or community doesn’t mean you just go to meetings, say nothing and leave. That’s like saying your a chicken just because you’re sitting in a chicken coup. Being a member means you have worked the program and that means having a Sponsor and working the 12 Steps.
  • Families do not become members of Al Anon or CoDA (Codependents Anonymous), therefore they stay stuck and unable to discuss with the Patient issues related to the Patient not following their Continuing Care Plan. If you sign up for Addiction Care Management and have a Professional helping they are also helping the Family through this time of early sobriety and keeping the focus on them and their feelings so they can break the cycle of codependency and enabling.
  • The biggest mistake Patients and Families make after Treatment is – “The Patient is Fixed” – you could not be farther from the truth. Let’s break down treatment. 1st week into 2nd is Detox and the Patient can barely function let alone hear what is being said. 3rd week is usually Family Week and the Patient is all nervous about that and focusing their attention on that. 4th week they are making plans to leave and are focused there. Then it is over. It seems then why bother and the answer is – Absolutely Bother -  the results are subtle, yet HUGE and what you get if you continue working with and on them by following your Continuing Care Plan is an almost guarantee of Long-Term Sobriety.

No one ever said Sobriety was easy – I have read about every book on the subject and I have yet to come across those words. What they do say is Sobriety is possible for everyone – “If They Follow Their Continuing Care Plan” If you have spent a lot of money on Treatment, Intervention and helping a Patient get back on their feet post Treatment if their Addiction cost them everything, then what does it hurt to spend a little more and add Addiction Care Management and the “Giant Benefits” you get from a program like it. The benefit of adding it through 1st Step Interventions is we are the first the found the model 3 years ago and since then have helped more Patients than anyone else with it and that experience is worth every penny. Also, almost 100% of the patients we did Interventions on were signed up for Addiction Care Management and today I am proud to say each and everyone is still working a Recovery Program and following their Continuing Care Plan.

Sobriety is the best thing that can happen to an Addict and their Family – take it seriously and take all that you are suggested seriously. We at 1st Step Interventions wish you the Courage to walk every day in the footprints of Recovery and face the wreckage of your past, because once you do that it doesn’t get easy, but it sure gets easier!

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL AND REMEMBER IF YOU ARE IN SOBRIETY IT CAN BE A HARD TIME – TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND TAKE A RISK AND TELL SOMEONE IF YOU ARE HAVING A HARD TIME – IT MIGHT JUST MAKE THAT DIFFERENCE – BEST OF WISHES AND MAY EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU HAVE A JOYOUS TIME AND A PROSPEROUS 2014

Novato Checkpoint catches DUI Offender – 1st Step Interventions

Check Point takes a Man driving drunk  off Marin County Streets

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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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Addiction is a Chronic Disease and we need to overhaul The Treatment Industry to Finally Address it

**Like other chronic medical illnesses, substance use disorders have biological, social and behavioral components; and effective management of the disease requires attention to each of these pieces (similar to Type-II Diabetes).

**A recent call from a family member of a patient illustrates just how bad the situation is. This call was from a very senior level executive at a prestigious medical school, asking for advice on how to help his 26 year old son who has a serious heroin addiction. The son had been through five residential treatment programs over the past several years, at a cost to the family of over $150,000. In this case, he was literally too ashamed to contact one of his own organization’s physicians.  This extraordinary degree of stigma and sense of isolation that families still experience is unjustified and incapacitating. The second thing that troubles me about this interaction is that although his son had been to five residential treatment programs, he was unaware that there were any FDA-approved medications for the treatment of opioid dependence. No treatment program had informed him or his son about these treatments, even in the face of repeated, potentially deadly relapses. This is not simply inappropriate – it is unethical.

**It is time and it is possible for individuals with emerging substance use disorders to have all available medical facts associated with the progression of addictive disease; to receive full disclosure and information about all evidence-based treatment options for their condition; and to have full access to all evidence-based therapies, medications and services. I am hopeful that the Affordable Care Act and the Parity Legislation together will create basic fairness for individuals and families affected by the disease of addiction. But if those landmark pieces of legislation are not enough, it will be time to stand together to demand the already available health benefits for the prevention and treatment of substance use.

Treatment has boxed itself into a corner. Centers have created a myth that if you send your loved one to us they will be fixed. Therefore, they charge astronomical fees essentially zapping a Families resources and then give us recovery rates as bad as only 15% getting well (number vary, but the “real” norm amongst honest Industry Therapists and Executives is between 10% & 20% don’t relapse after Treatment). If we made tires and 8 out of 10 failed new we would be out of business. It is also time to stop blaming the diseased individual and say “they were not ready” or “They didn’t do the work”. Programs need to step up to the plate and start realizing that what Treatment does is 4 things.

  • Detox
  • Stabilization
  • Hopefully open the Patient to the notion and ability to speak about themselves in an honest fashion without wearing a mask.
  • Provide a long-term Continuing Care Plan that includes Addiction Care Management.

Treatment Centers needs to lower their costs so that Families have the funds to afford other resources that are necessary for long-term recovery. Things like a Addiction Care Specialist that can assist in keeping all the pieces moving forward, provide accountability that the Addict is following through, bring in other resources such as Therapists, financial planners, Marriage Counselors etc.. as needed over the long haul.

Addiction is a Chronic Illness and like other Chronic Illnesses, like my 11 year old niece – diagnosed with Type I Diabetes since 4, there are multiple interactions with Professionals over time (it has been 7 years for her) to make sure she is accountable, the course of Treatment is working, her Parents are getting support and as she gets older she is educated more and more on what she needs to know. This is no different than the Model that needs to be developed for the Treatment of Addiction. It is already there for Diabetes and other Chronic Illnesses, all we have to do is take what works and leave the rest.

Addiction Care Management   www.addictioncaremanagement.comis a step in the right direction but more needs to be done by Centers who need to take their heads out of the sand and see what is traditionally the way of doing things is not working. A Continuing Care Plan where you hands a Patient an AA Schedule, tell them to do 90 meetings in 90 days, get a Sponsor, work the steps, Help others, Trust god and maybe get a Therapist with no other help is archaic and a broken model.

**Treating addiction as a chronic disease – how do we get from here to there? July 2, 2013 by A. Thomas McLellan – Addiction Professional Magazine