We must be united in the war against addiction! My mission is to unite organizations,support groups, and everyone else who needs a helping hand. I am here to educate equip and develop a Recovery resource Network. My hope is that everyone gets the help they need and no one is left behind or alone in their fight for freedom from addiction. Join me and lets fight the good fight! Our Philosophy: Instigate, Agitate, Educate, and Liberate!
And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the miss the future.
John F. Kennedy
INTERVENTION IS A PROCESS, NOT AN EVENT
Dr. Stacey Conway Explains Role of Trained Interventionist
An intervention is anything that stops or slows the progression of the disease of addiction. Formal interventions led by a properly trained expert are a powerful tool.
Stacey Conway, PhD, is The Council's Director of Evaluation & Outcomes. Dr. Conway recently blogged about the intervention process. "Understandably, families feel desperate about their loved one's situation...Many hope that we might swoop in, quickly convince [them to get help] and whisk them off to treatment. Even if this was possible, it may not lead to the desired outcomes...[R]elying solely on an outsider...to 'fix the problem'...is likely not sustainable. Intervention is a process, not an event. During this process, family members and others who care...identify their own role in the addiction and in ways they can support recovery..." Read Dr. Conway's Intervention blog.
The disease of addiction effects the whole family. PRO-ACT's Family Education Program is a great place for families to begin the intervention process. Find out more about PRO-ACT's Family Education Program.
INTERVENTION TRAINING AUG. 18-20 IN DOYLESTOWN
Registration Is Now Open!
On Aug. 18, 19 & 20 from 9am-5pm in Doylestown, The Council is holding an Interventionist Training to prepare individuals so they can assist families in the process of intervention for loved ones with a substance use disorder. Participants will be trained in the model adhered to by NCADD's National Intervention Network. The featured trainer is Beverly Haberle, MHS, LPC, CAADC. Ms. Haberle has assisted numerous families and trains extensively on the intervention process locally, regionally and nationally. Visit our website for details and how to register.
CDC REPORT: 10% OF DEATHS ARE ALCOHOL RELATED
Costs the U.S. 224 Billion a Year, or "$1.90 A Drink"
A new study says 10% of deaths for people between 20 and 64 is alcohol related. Most of these deaths are male and a direct result of binge drinking. Alcohol related deaths include chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, stroke and cancer, as well as acute causes such as accidents, homicides and suicides. Scientists believe that the "1-in-10 number" is almost certainly an underestimate because several well known alcohol-related diseases are not included in this study. Alcohol is the 4th largest cause of preventable deaths behind smoking, poor nutrition and lack of exercise. For more information and to read the CDC's report, visit NPR's Health Blog.