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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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We Are Honored To Help A San Francisco Rehab, Duffy’s, Teach Families About Intervention – 1st Step Interventions

Duffy’s Rehab - Located in Beautiful Calistoga and Managed by the same Family, The Duffy’s – Ever since Gene Duffy, The Families Patriarch (since passed away), Founded the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center almost 40 years ago – Kepping in the tradition of giving back, Duffy’s will be posting a video series about Intervention and how a Professional Intervention is the best way to go for Families stuck motivating a loved one to get help for their Drug or Alcohol problems.

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1st Step Interventions and Addiction Care Management™ is Honored to be a part of this excellent and professionally produced series.

Duffy’s is doing a great Community Service by putting this series out there for Families struggling with an Addiction who:

  • Cannot get their loved one to see the problem.
  • Cannot get their loved one to get help
  • Are caught up in their own fear and codependency
  • Are making the issue worse while trying to help, by enabling the Addict hoping if they help them pay their bills or have a place to live will get their act together eventually.

These are the Families who need to have this type of information available to them so that they can move foward and into action by calling Duffy’s or an Intervention Co. like 1st Step Interventions and Addiction Care Management™ and finding more information about how to get their own Intervention process started for a loved one. Call today, your initial Assessment is free.

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San Francisco Drug Interventions – 1st Step Interventions

San Francisco  street carSan Francisco, officially the City and County of San Francisco, is the leading financial and cultural center of Northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area. And if Addiction rates match the National rate of 10%, then th Population of 825,863 means we have 82,000 Addicts and Alcoholics living in San Francisco.

Most people would think that these Addicts are found wandering the streets of San Francisco in areas like The Tendeloin or parts of The Mission, but they are mostly normal everyday people living in nice, normal and other areas, searving us our coffee or working in the Operating Rooms of our Local Hospitals. The point is most people afflicted with the Diease of Addiction live and struggle through and we cannot always tell.

They all live around friends and family who eventually can tell something is going on when the Addiction becomes too big for the person to manage and they start to wobble out of control. Lots of times Families will notice and talk about their family member behind their backs and wonder what is going on or how they are going to help. Usually too there is someone or more than one person in their lives enabling the Addicition to go on. The enabling is not meant to continue the Addiction, it is usually harmless in intention, trying to buy time so hopefully the Addict gets their act toghether -However, by the nature of the Disease all the enabling does is help continue the very Addiction that is trying to be stopped.

So what is a Family to do when they figure out one of their own is drowning in drugs or alcohol. Intervention is one of the most loving acts that you can do for a family memeber and for the family. If you find that you have a Family member who is struggling with drugs and alcohol Intervention Companies like 1st Step Interventions and Addiction Behavioral Healthcare Services, Inc can provide you with a plan and help your family and your loved one look beyond Treatment and help put a plan of action together that will provide all the steps and tools needed for “A Lasting Focus On Recovery”

Addiction is a Chronic illness an those 82,000 people in San Francisco with The Disease of Addiction will always have it – it never goes away ,only into remission – if the addict does what they need to do daily and if the family stops their enabling and get help for codependency if neccessary.

National stastistics give recovery rates of only about 20%. This can be confusing because it doesn’t give details around if they had a plan or not, continued with Professional help with their plan or any other details. It has been shown that those who not only start their recovery by the way of Intervention, but who also continue after their treatment with Professional help with their Continuing Care Plan with Programs like Addiction Care Management, have higher rates of success.

In conslusion, it is my hope that if you are trying to help a loved one who has addiction that you will not get caught up in the riduculousness of Reality TV and the shows that have basterdized Intervention by showing the despair and using of drugs instead of the happiness and joy of recovery, and call for a free assessment today. It doesn’t cost anything and may save your loved ones life.

For help with Drug Interventions if San Francisco call 1st Step Interventions and Addiction Behavioral Healthcare Services, Inc today at 707-559-5146.

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How to Help somone with Prescription Pill Drug Addiction in San Francisco – 1st Step Interventions

Have someone you love addicted to Prescription pills and they are no longer taking them for the Medical reason they were prescribed,  but are now taking them for Emotional or Psychological needs?

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Prescription pill addiction and overdoses have now overtaken Heroin, Cocaine and Methamphetamine’s combined. Let me first say there is nothing wrong with Prescription Pills and that for instance a body will not heal if it is in pain. The problem is when someone with an addiction problem already or  is suspected of possibly having issues with substances gets their hands on “feel good” drugs like Pain killers, Opiates or Opioid’s like (Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Codeine, Oxymorphone, Hydromorphone – these are generic names for Percodan, Vicoden, Tylenol #3, Dilaudid and Opana) or benzodiazepines (Alprazolam, Diazapam, lorazapam, Clonozopam – generic names for Xanax, Valium, Ativan or Klonopin) the latter are used for anxiety, muscle relaxant, sleep disorders to name a few. The addict becomes either physically addicted or psychologically addicted to the emotional pain they relieve.

The biggest issues related to Prescription Pill abuse and suggestions for avoiding Prescription Pill abuse are below:

  • The person taking them is already an addict and they have full control of the medication. In this case another family member or friend should and in most cases getting a small safe or lock box and only giving a days worth at a time can relieve the addict from even thinking about taking more than they should.
  • A family member not attending all Dr’s visits and allowing the addict to describe symptoms that maybe are not being seen by you or over playing the amount of pain they are actually in.
  • Stepping in when it seems as though the “Patient” has been taking the medication for a long time and asking the Dr during these visits is the medication really necessary or is there a non narcotic replacement medication that could now be prescribed.
  • Pill Counting – every once and a while it is good to count the amount of pills still in the bottle. The bottle will have the amount and frequency of how the medication should be taken. This will tell you how many pills should have been taken and should be left. When you get a prescription these days you also get a piece of paper with your insurance info, personal info and precautions on it. It will also have how many days the prescription is supposed to last for on it.
  • Making sure your loved one or friend isn’t seeing multiple Dr’s for the same ailment and getting more prescriptions than they need.
  • Make sure the medication is being taken as prescribed – this does not usually include, snorting pills, crushing or chewing long acting medication or in severe instances using a needle. No matter what your loved one says these are not OK routes for taking these medications. Your Dr has prescribed an amount to deal with your issue – doing the above cause much more of the medication to get into your system potentially causing overdose or increasing tolerance and now you need more to get the same pain relief for instance and your normal amount doesn’t work when swallowed.
  • If your loved on is Physically addicted to their medication and it is time to get off them, instead of trying to tapper the medication over time – look into your insurance and see if you have coverage for a medical Detox in a Center or Hospital. It is safer, quicker, ensures it gets done and a Dr can provide a letter stating you are taking a week off work for “Medical Reason” only and your work has to accept it and cannot legally ask what your “medical’ issue is.

I’ve done these things and I am still finding problems and it is not getting better even though my husband, wife or child swears they will stop or change. I am even finding they are buying pills from other people, off the internet or the streets or have switched to illegal drugs.

  • Never just take their medication away – severe withdrawals could happen and in some cases potential death.
  • If you are allowed to still talk to their Dr, make sure their Dr knows. One thing to know is if they are suffering from Chronic Pain you may want to consult with an Addiction Services Expert or an Interventionist, like 1st Step Interventions & Addiction Recovery Services, INC. for advice.  This can potentially lead to unwanted consequences and a Professional can help you come up with solutions that don’t negatively impact the addict, but get them off the medication and back living normally without needing the medication.
  • If you have found that no matter how many promises you loved one has made, it doesn’t matter they are always broken. Intervention is a potential solution as a good Professional, Compassionate and Confidential Interventionist, who knows your local area well and is local to your Region, such as The Bay Area – will have a high success rate at getting your loved one into Treatment or an Addiction Care Management Service Company that can monitor their progress and accountability. This removes the stress and anxiety from you and allows a Professional in to help and in appropriate cases assess the situation and decide that Rehab ( a Drug Treatment Program) is really needed.
  • You may find that you have developed Co-dependency during this time and have enabled the situation just to relieve your own feelings or to get the Addict out of your hair or to stop acting our, yelling, screaming, being mean etc.. In these cases talking to an Interventionist or Addiction Care Management Service Company helps, but you may need more like Al Anon or CoDA (Co-dependents Anonymous) first let me say as an active AA member myself, the support found in these groups can be found no where else and is really important if you are dealing with a loved one who has an active addiction or who is going through early Recovery (by this I mean the first 2-3 years).
  • If you are trying to help your loved one accept that they need help and your conversation is going in circles – STOP – and then call a Professional like me. You probably have had essentially no impact on their Addiction to this point and you don’t want to further drive them underground and isolated.
  • Lastly this is nothing to be embarrassed about, it doesn’t mean you have done anything wrong. Addiction is a Brain Disease and if you have it you were born with it. The introduction of the substances has activated it and now Professional help is needed.

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Bay Area Rehabs

Some are Excellent, some are Good and some are Newer and seem to be riding the wave of Private pay “Riches” or “Robbery”.

How is a person to tell the difference and make the right choice?

How can one justify 40=50k for a Month in Treatment just to be told to go to AA. After all I can tell you that for free. The Treatment Industry has painted itself into an ugly corner in my experience and I am not sure all are interested in getting out.– after all is will eat into their bottom line. Though if you are in this to get rich, you are in the wrong industry and you are going to end up hurting Patients. Now I am not saying this about every Center – there are some legit, ethical well run Centers in Northern California who put the welfare of the Patient first in every decision – That is the type of Center I will refer to in my Intervention Business and the kind of Center you will receive the best Health Care for you or your loved one.

I am going to be starting blogging on the current state of Treatment Services of all types in the Bay Area and at the same time my website www.addictionrehabexpert.com will be focusing primarily on the topic of Treatment options in the Bay Area, as this site 1st Step Interventions is for Intervention Primarily, and issues relative to it. However, the state of Treatment is an appropriate topic.

Treatment ranges from Residential, to Outpatient.  Payment wise they go from Private pay, to Insurance being accepted and finally free or County funded. Lengths of stay also are between 5 days for Detox to 90 days or even longer. Obviously the Money portion is easy worked out depending on the individuals or families finances, but how do you know what is the appropriate length of time and is the Center just trying to keep the Patient longer for financial reasons – yes that happens.

There are literally hundreds of Treatment Beds from Sacramento to Carmel, some are excellent, some good and some are staffed poorly and therefore there level of treatment is reflected by it.

As I continue this Series and once www.addictionrehabexpert.com is up and running I will go more in depth. One issue or question you might have that I want to address up front and that is why am I not writing about Centers outside Northern California.  The reason is that I have been in this business for almost 15 years now and have seen no evidence that supports the cost of sending someone far away for Treatment. If you think you are sending them away from bad influences, they are there in whatever Center you choose. If you think it will keep them in Treatment and they will not leave, wrong, I have seen plenty of Patients leave Treatment and make it home. They usually go around and borrow money form other Patients for all kinds of reasons and then once they have cab money and a plane ticket or bus ticket they are gone. Or they find a friends or old girlfriend or boyfriend to help them. Or they will just get themselves kicked out so you are forced to bring them home.

I have come to believe through my Private Practice and my work as an Executive Director in a Center, that having a Patient in their home area where they are going to set up their Recovery Network and where they can meet Therapists or others like myself and my Addiction Care Management www.addictioncaremanagement.com to help them post treatment. And like any other Chronic illness have regular Professional contact with them to make sure their Disease is getting better, remaining in remission and they are making progress in their lives.

For more information feel free to call 707-559-5146 or email bryan@1ststepinterventions.com.