Five consistent myths about Drug Abuse and Addiction

Oftentimes, we find that people are unsure about their abilities to overcome addiction because of their perceptions of what addiction really is. These commonly accepted myths can be disheartening – but you can overcome this way of thinking by understanding the...

What is an Arise Intervention?

Judith Landau and co-developers implement ‘power of family’ in strong Intervention Model Recognized by industry leaders as the original Invitational Intervention protocol, A Relational Intervention Sequence for Engagement (the ARISE® Intervention) is an...

What is an Intervention?

One of the hardest things in life is watching a family member or friend’s life spiral down to complete destruction. Many things can cause this type of spiraling destruction but the main things are addictions such as drug and alcohol. At times, it can feel like...

What is the Johnson Model of Intervention?

In the 1960’s there was an Episcopal priest who was interested in studying addiction as well as a way to stop it. The main concern of this priest was to prevent death by addiction. Vernon Johnson was the Episcopal priest who made it his life goal to help all addicts...

What is the Family Systemic Model?

An addict’s dangerous and deadly behaviors not only affect themselves but they also affect the family members around them. Some of the side effects of an addiction can include, but are not limited to: Depression Aggression Weight Loss/Gain Suicidal Impulsiveness...

…So What Do I Do Now?

The unwelcome news that a loved one is abusing or possibly addicted to drugs or alcohol can be paralyzing. Especially when you have no practical experience in dealing with this issue. Perhaps you have a number of relatives who have histories of addiction, but when it...

Enabling or Helping?

Enabling begins naturally enough, when the helper cares about the suffering individual and wants to understand his or her concerns. However, the enabler is actually colluding in the addicted individual’s denial and minimization. Denial is strengthened rather than...

How did this happen?

How did this happen? This is a question often asked by addicts and alcoholics as well as by concerned loved ones and friends. Following are excerpts from the book Addiction and Grace, by Gerald G. May M.D., and presents a sound explanation for the psychological and...