Do-It-Yourself Intervention Guide

December 10, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

The Guide includes a step-by-step explanation of how intervention works and how to plan one for your addict/alcoholic.

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Video: The Art of Intervention

December 10, 2012 by Cecile

If you love someone struggling with addiction or alcoholism, this video will help you plan your own intervention.

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The Rescuer’s Plight: Avoiding the Enabling Trap

December 10, 2012 by Cecile

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Fifteen-year-old Andrea is out of control. She drinks, abuses drugs, and dances illegally at a strip club. What can Mom do about it? The answer is surprising.

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Defense: Intellectualizing

December 9, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Eventually, things get so bad that the details become irrelevant and the objections seem unimportant.

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Defense: Minimizing

December 8, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Eventually, things get so bad that even the minimizer gets frightened.

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Defense: Externalization

December 7, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Eventually, through painful experience, the externalizer recognizes that the secret of recovery is focusing on changing yourself, not others.

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Defense: Rationalization

December 6, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Eventually, the rationalizer (through painful experience) realizes that instead of serving as a remedy, drugs and alcohol are actually making problems worse

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Defense: Denial

December 5, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Repeated problems related to drinking or drug use force even the person in denial to acknowledge something is wrong–eventually.

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Intervention at the ER? Can it Work?

September 30, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

If we could reach them now, the process might well be interrupted. Preventing a host of more serious problems — some of them fatal to other people, or the user himself.

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Our Intervention Got Ratted Out!

August 18, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

It’s not really surprise or shock that convinces the alcoholic to seek treatment. It’s a combination of influence and leverage.

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