Not all people are created equal; neither are interventionists. A person that is severely addicted – whether it is gambling, drugs, alcohol, sex, food, or other means – will typically not want to go to treatment. The job of an interventionist is simple: interrupt an addicted person’s negative life choices long enough to hopefully inspire a change, such as agreeing to go to an inpatient rehab. The goal of any intervention is to ultimately help and heal the addicted person, and subsequently, the health of the family.
What to Look for in an Interventionist
Research suggests that interventions work about 9/10 times. An intervention lets an addict know that their behavior is clearly over the line; it lets an addict know that they are not just hurting themselves but that they are negatively affecting the people that are closest to them. Our interventionists aim to educate, encourage, and support your loved one during their battle with addiction. Aiding the process of transitioning into a sober life often starts with an intervention, so it is key to hire an experienced professional the first time-round.
- Look for an interventionist that has a long and successful track record. How many interventions have they facilitated? What is their success rate and how long have they been practicing?
- An interventionist needs to think quickly, calmly, and efficiently. They are trained to handle an addict’s rebuttals in a calm and controlled manner. The job of an interventionist is not to shame or attack the addict; rather, their job is to make an addict understand that the intervention is coming from a place of love.
- If your addicted loved one has a dual-diagnosis, such as a mental health disorder like anxiety, depression, or schizophrenia, be sure to tell the interventionist or addiction consulting service ahead of time. Many interventionists specialize in dual-diagnosis cases, and they can be a valuable asset when trying to get the help your loved one needs.
- Often times, interventionists can partner with your health insurance to provide a reduced rate. Getting your loved one the help he/she needs doesn’t have to leave your family crippled with debt.
- The interventionist should always have an emphasis on the involvement of the family. Gathering the addict’s circle of friends, partner, and family is an effective way to gently nudge them in the right direction. An interventionist should understand the importance of friends and family and how they can help an addict finally take the first step.
- An interventionist should have a clear plan laid out. Is the goal inpatient treatment? Is it anger management? Is it getting back on their medication? Every step needs to be thought through thoroughly to determine the best course of action.
Interventionist in Virginia
Recovery Care Partner understands the importance of interventions. Addiction is a crippling disease that is also the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Professional support is not just recommended; it requires a trained professional to tackle something as important as this. We treat life-threatening circumstances with compassion, love, and understanding, while being firm, professional, and clear in direction. We highly choreograph and plan our interventions to deal with the anger, fear, and anxiety that will ultimately arise from the situation. We offer interventionists in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Georgia, Connecticut, and the DC/Baltimore region.
If you are ready for change, contact us at (855) 727-2887 or visit our contact page for more information.Learn More
A healthier lifestyle should be a necessary component to anyone that is recovering from alcohol or drug addiction. Recovery is an ongoing process that needs to include multiple avenues of treatment. This may include 12-step meetings, working with a therapist, talking with sober supports and friends, hiring a sober escort or companion, staying active, and eating healthy. Support for your mental wellness should be just as important as support for your physical well-being. A strong mind and a strong body will help ease the transition from addiction to a sober lifestyle.
Post-Treatment Addiction Consulting
While Recovery Care Partner offers post-treatment support such as sober escorts, sober companions, and sober transport, a certain degree of personal responsibility needs to come from the addict themselves. Maintenance of a healthy lifestyle can be achieved through outdoor activities, group activities, exercise, proper nutrition, and mindfulness meditation and exercises. 12-step meetings don’t hurt either!
Exercise in Early Recovery
Exercise has been scientifically proven to boost the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine in the brain. These two “feel-good” hormones can contribute to better sleep, better mood, and an overall improved sense of well-being. It’s a smart idea to adopt a new exercise program or regime to help bolster yourself in early recovery.
Many people benefit from group fitness classes such as CrossFit, Yoga, Pilates, Spinning classes, and group weightlifting exercises. Finding other sober people that enjoy the same physical activities as you can not only motivate you to achieve better physical health; it can also help build new sober friendships and relationships.
Having sober friends can make all the difference in early sobriety, as it gives you a chance to connect with people who have gone through similar things. Many people do not understand just how devastating and debilitating addiction can really be. This is why having people that can relate to your experiences can make all the difference; they are also people that you can attend meetings with. Many former addicts in recovery state that the friends they made in early recovery have been friends for years.
Try activities such as rock climbing, camping, hiking, martial arts, kayaking, paddle boarding, and going to the beach! Group sports such as volleyball, basketball, and flag football are also great ways to build friendships and comradery.
Nutrition for a Recovering Body
Fueling your body with the right food is absolutely necessary! Early recovery is tough and many people choose to make it even more difficult by not giving their body the proper nutrition it requires. A body weakened by drug and alcohol addiction needs time to recover, so make sure you are eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and legumes. Try to avoid foods that can cause mood crashes, such as processed foods, sugary drinks, soda, and processed sugar. While pizza is fine once in a while, try not to make it a daily occurrence!
Drinking enough water will help keep you hydrated and feeling healthy, so make sure not to neglect drinking this vital substance. Here are just a few examples of healthy food to help get you started:
- Fruits: apples, bananas, berries, peaches, plums, mangos, and avocados.
- Lean Meats: turkey, sirloin steak, chicken, ham, and turkey.
- Fish: salmon, trout, halibut, swordfish, tuna, mackerel, herring, haddock, mahi mahi, and catfish.
- Vegetables: broccoli, spinach, Brussels sprouts, kale, onion, asparagus, beets, carrots, peas, corn, sweet potatoes, celery, potatoes, tomatoes, garlic, cucumbers, chard, and red cabbage.
- Legumes: black beans, garbanzo beans, lentils, and navy beans.
- Whole grains: brown rice, oatmeal, whole-wheat bread, pasta and crackers, millet, bulgur, and buckwheat.
Mindfulness Exercises for a Calm Brain
Mindfulness meditation is a powerful tool, especially when used with other therapies. Mindfulness meditation means quieting your brain and becoming an observer to your thoughts; it means not emotionally reacting to negative feelings and deliberations. Zen can be thought of as the moment before a thought, and many people practice for a lifetime to try and reach this state. No one is perfect with their practice; trying your best is all that you should ask of yourself and others.
Mindfulness meditation groups can often be found within yoga groups and classes or through certain therapists. Ask around! You’ll never know what you may find through this powerful practice.
Addiction Counseling and Intervention Specialists
You can only help a person as much as they want to help themselves; this is why it is so important for an addict to take personal responsibility and care for their mental and physical well-being.
Recovery Care Partner offers people that are currently facing addiction – as well as recovering addicts – the chance to help them land on their feet. Everyone, at some point in their lives, is going to need a little help from others.
This is where Recovery Care Partner shines. Our sober companions and sober transition coaching offers people in early recovery the tools to help succeed in life; life skills augmentation, proper nutrition, mindfulness exercises, exercise regiments, resume writing, and skill building are all facets that our sober companions and addiction coaches love to teach.
If your loved one is struggling with addiction, or you need some additional support yourself while going through early recovery, do not hesitate to call Recovery Care Partner at (855) 727-2887. You can also reach us via our contact page by clicking here.
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According to the DEA, “Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid 80-100 times stronger than morphine. Pharmaceutical fentanyl was developed for pain management treatment of cancer patients, applied in a patch on the skin.” This new opioid is wreaking havoc across areas of Canada and the U.S., resulting in thousands of overdoses per year. Fentanyl’s potency is unheard of and the epidemic is reaching critical proportions.
It acts quicker than heroin and is much more potent; the majority of fentanyl production takes place in clandestine labs in Mexico and overseas labs, so quality control is out of the question with non-pharmaceutical grade fentanyl. The problem arises from the lack of knowledge users have with the milligram dosage in unknown powders. It is also sometimes mixed with heroin – without the drug users’ knowledge – to give the illusion of very high-grade heroin.
The Opioid Epidemic
Fentanyl is being mixed into heroin, cocaine, and other drugs – either knowingly or unknowingly to customers – due to how cheap and powerful the synthetic drug is. For example, about 40% of people listed as dying of a cocaine overdose also had fentanyl in their system. In 2011, only 4% of overdoses were contributed to Fentanyl. By 2016, 29% of drug overdoses were caused by fentanyl, either by itself or mixed with other drugs.
A drug dealer isn’t someone you can trust, yet people of all ages and walks of life will put their lives in the hands of a plastic baggy. Even the dealers may not know that their heroin or cocaine has been adulterated with Fentanyl. There were 18,335 overdose deaths involving fentanyl in the USA in 2016, followed closely by heroin with a death count of 15,961. To put it in perspective, fentanyl deaths have risen from 1,300 in 2013 to 18,335 in 2016.
What to do About Fentanyl
There isn’t one easy answer or solution to the opioid epidemic, which has reached almost every corner of North America. The best thing that you can do for yourself – or a loved one suffering from addiction to other drugs – is to get clean immediately. There is another analog of fentanyl called ‘carfentanil’, which is a tranquilizer that is used to sedate or kill large animals, such as elephants. Carfentanil is 100 times stronger than fentanyl and 10,000 times stronger than morphine. 10mg can put an elephant to sleep or kill one, with the average elephant weighing 75 times that of a 200lb human male. The results of even 1mg in a human body can be deadly.
We urge anyone suffering from addiction to substances like cocaine or heroin to get help immediately. Dealers and users are not always aware of the substances they are buying and may unknowingly overdose because of it.
Your Recovery Resource for Fentanyl Addiction
Someone dies every day due to the accidental ingestion of fentanyl, as overdoses are being reported in casual and recreational users, not just people who are severely addicted. If you or a loved one is suffering from drug addiction, immediate intervention is necessary. Contact us at (855) 727-2887 for our services, which include intervention, post-treatment support, coaching, sober companions, and sober transport.Learn More
Intervention is the catalyst that can propel an individual to a new, happier life. Days become very dark in the life of an addicted person; consequently, they may not see – or care – that they have a problem. It’s one of those powerful tools that families can use to urge a person to seek help and enter treatment. Generally, an intervention is necessary when someone’s addiction begins to destroy their personal relationships, work obligations, hobbies, and the happiness of their family. When a loved one continues to abuse drugs, despite negative consequences, intervention and treatment may be the only option.
To Intervene or Not to Intervene?
There are a few warning signs and factors that may send a person into an addiction. Co-occurring mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, loneliness, and fear may exacerbate drug addiction. Social isolation, erratic behavior, financial issues, problems at work or school, and un-needed stress in personal relationships can be the result.
Recognizing the signs and symptoms of drug abuse is necessary if you wish to help your loved one. An intervention will force uncomfortable, emotional conversations; the individual in question may not be very responsive to the intervention at first. However, drug addiction tends to spiral out of control, with the National Institute on Drug Abuse considering addiction a progressive, chronic disease.
Signs that someone needs an intervention
- Drunk driving and other activities that endanger others
- Amnesia, or the inability to remember behaviors – especially negative ones – that affect family members and people close to them
- Legal issues or pending legal issues, especially those with drug charges
- Multiple failed attempts to reduce quantity and frequency of use
- Increased conflict with family, friends, and coworkers
- Shunning of basic responsibilities, such as house chores and going to work
- Intense mood swings
- Degradation of physical appearance, sleep cycles, and eating habits
- High levels of drug tolerance
- Large amounts of mysterious debt
- Worsening mental health problems
Stepping in before things get worse can help save your loved one’s life. This is especially important if your loved one is abusing hard drugs, as one bad batch can result in overdose.
Interventionist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
An intervention should be highly structured and controlled to decrease the chance of the intervention going off the rails. If your loved one has a history of suicidal ideations, violence, mental illness, and/or rationalization, professional help may be necessary to avoid a compromising situation.
Addiction is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Effective treatment requires a solution, which requires professional support. At Recovery Care Partner, we intervene in such as a way that the addict/alcoholic will likely be more receptive to the intervention and will be more likely to attend treatment. If you are in need of an intervention in Atlanta, Richmond, Philadelphia or South Jersey, contact us today!Learn More
As a newly recovering addict begins to take steps down a new path in life, they may find themselves emotionally and psychologically vulnerable after years of numbing their emotions with drugs and alcohol. Even with all the addiction education and recovery care management resources available, emotions can be overwhelming and difficult to process in early recovery. One of the greatest and most overlooked assets to a recovering addict, or anyone in this world, is gratitude. Maintaining a positive outlook, even in the most difficult of conditions, can mean the difference between having a good day that runs smoothly or feeling like the world is crashing down around you. Here are some basic strategies you or a recovering addict can implement into your weekly routine.
Wake up grateful! When you rise you greet the day, take some time out to pray or meditate and think about someone or something in life that you are grateful for. This really helps shift your perspective and starts to frame everything you see in a more positive way. It isn’t always apparent immediately, but the positive mindset produced by starting your day off right will seep into all aspects of your life. You will start to find yourself more relaxed, resilient, optimistic, productive, social, and even see an improvement in your health and well-being.
Make a Gratitude List
Cleaning up the wreckage of our past can be extremely difficult. Building a new life from the bottom up often means we aren’t left with much to work with, but you can always find something to be grateful for. Most pieces of addiction education literature will tell you to consider writing a gratitude list. Items could include something as simple as the cup of coffee you have to help jump-start your day, or as personal as the loved one who hasn’t given up on you through all the hard times.
Look at What You Have, Instead of What You Don’t
There are billionaires who have everything one could ever imagine in life but still can’t seem to find happiness. There are also people who are just scraping by that have a sense of peace and joy that seems unattainable to those watching from the outside. It’s easy to get caught up in “keeping up with the Jones’”, and after hitting rock bottom it can seem like an almost impossible climb back up out of the hole you dug yourself in. Often, we find we had taken everything we held dear for granted in our illness anyway, and material things never seemed to bring the happiness we thought they would. Though it may feel like all is lost, we find a new strength within ourselves in recovery we never knew previously existed. We can find new qualities within ourselves and new things to be grateful for every day. Take inventory of all the blessings life has bestowed upon you. Stop and smell the flowers a little, take time to notice the little things we take for granted every day. Sometimes you will find something beautiful that used to be overlooked.
In my time in the rooms of AA, I’ve heard it said plenty of times that “a grateful addict/alcoholic will never relapse”. Time after time again I’ve seen this to be true. Gratitude is an essential part of recovery. If you’re currently in recovery and struggling with negative thoughts and emotions, take some time out to count your blessings and find something you are grateful for. Reach out and help your fellow man to get out of yourself and take the focus off of your own struggles. Read addiction education literature to help find ways to deal with a specific problem, and consult your recovery care management team if you have any problems and wish to seek extra counseling.
Recovery Services in Atlanta, Georgia
If you or a loved one are currently struggling with drugs or alcohol, there is a way out. We offer intervention services to help facilitate your gateway to a new life free of the shackles of substance abuse. Contact us anytime here, our staff is available 24/7 to find you help.Learn More
Although the opioid epidemic is still unfortunately rampant, another drug has recently popped up on college campuses and popular culture as a whole. That drug is Xanax, a derivative of the housewife drug Valium, first prescribed in the 1960’s. Valium and other similar drugs, belonging to the classification benzodiazepines, have been silently popular since their inception, but have witnessed a sharp increase in popularity quite recently. Benzodiazepines are sedative, anti-anxiety drugs that include Valium (diazepam), Xanax (alprazolam), Klonopin (clonazepam) and Ativan (lorazepam), of which Xanax is irrevocably the most popular. They are used to treat anxiety, muscle spasms and seizures. While those are the intended purposes, many users also take the drugs for their soothing and numbing effects on both brain and body; they are also utilized by many millennials as a way to “come down,” after being on psychedelics or uppers.
The Problem With Benzos
Benzodiazepines (also called benzos) are so insidious because of their ubiquity in popular culture and also a benign connotation because of their legality. While many young adults are buying Xanax illegally from friends or drug dealers, the origins of these pills are primarily legal (i.e. people are selling prescriptions they obtained with reported problems as simplistic and widespread as generalized anxiety). There are many pills being sold on the dark web as well, with manufacturers often pressing alprazolam (or other benzodiazepine) powder into casing typical for “bars” (the street name for 2mg Xanax pills popular for their rectangular shape and powerful effects). This is especially terrifying because it is incredibly easy to press more than 2mg into a bar (or to press the bar with laced materials, such as fentanyl), which is an already high dose.
Effects of Xanax
When a large amount of Xanax is consumed, it robs the user of basic mental abilities and motor skills. If you are concerned your loved one is using Xanax, look for vacant eyes, sleepiness, slurred speech, impaired motor skills and vision, reduced inhibition (people high on Xanax will often do or say things entirely out of character, because even normal, appropriate anxiety is taken away when given enough of the drug) and increased hostility or bluntness. These effects are exacerbated when the pill is taken with alcohol, as it is often consumed, especially on college campuses. It is also not uncommon for Xanax to be used as a date rape drug, put into individual drinks or the “jungle juice” buckets and coolers that litter American universities.
Xanax in Popular Culture
So what put it in millennials’ heads to take Xanax in the first place? Besides its incredible prevalence (often, teenagers have to look no further than their parents’ medicine cabinet to try the drug), Xanax has become incredibly popular in television, movie and especially, music culture. Rappers, primarily, glorify use of the drug in songs like “56 Nights,” in which rapper Future claims to have taken “56 bars all in one month.” Rap culture has an undeniable effect on which drugs are used and how often. A spike in codeine, molly and marijuana usage have been witnessed over the past years in which rappers (and their lyrics) have become increasingly centered on said drugs.
Some Celebrities Bashing Benzos
But some rappers, and other public figures, are beginning to publicly decry the drug and and debunk its harmless status. Chance the Rapper has publicly claimed Xanax to be the new heroin and has spoken to the havoc it wreaked in his own life in several songs. Former member of Fleetwood Mac Stevie Nicks is also unabashed in bashing benzos, citing her addiction to Klonopin as the worst time in her life and the reason why she never married or had children and likening her condition while under the influence of Klonopin to be akin to that of a “zombie.” The backlash from these two stars is a humble beginning in battling the drug and its addictive propensities, but it’s a necessary start. Of the 22,000 deaths that resulted from prescription drug overdoses last year, 31 percent of those were benzo-related. Additionally horrifying, is the fact that benzodiazepines are incredibly hard to withdraw from, with effects as severe as psychosis, seizures and death. With that said, if you or a loved one is suffering from benzo addiction, find help immediately and do not try to wean yourself off cold turkey as that may result in severe, acute withdrawal.
Addiction can be an isolating and frustrating experience for everyone involved. Whether you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, our suggestions will be same for both of you. 12 step fellowships are widely regarded as one of the best ways to help get sober and stay sober. After you detox and go through an intensive inpatient facility (anywhere from 1-4+ months), it is highly recommended that you start attending 12-step meetings. There’s a different group for whatever issue you are dealing with! Cocaine Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are just a few of the fellowships that can help you or a loved one deal with your addiction(s). In these meetings, people learn how to cope with their addictions, share their stories, make new friends, and constructively confront their demons. In these rooms of fellowship, man people develop valuable skills to help them stay sober during trying times.
Even though meetings can help recovering addicts live fulfilled lives, we understand that your first few meetings can be tough.
It’s OK to not be OK
You may feel apprehensive about your first meeting. You may even feel scared and unsure about whether you should get sober. We want you to know that you don’t need to feel like this! Most people build meetings up in their head and create an unrealistic expectation of the meeting and what is going (or not going) to happen. We urge you to start attending meetings with an open mind and open ears. Developing a sarcastic attitude because you don’t want to go (or are court-ordered to) will only end up hurting you in the long run. People that regularly attend meetings and go through the steps, statistically, live happier lives and have more years of sobriety than those who try and get sober without meetings.
To aid in the process of getting sober, we want to share a few tips that we feel will help you or a loved one:
- Meetings have different formats. From round-robin-style sharing, to reading from a 12-step ‘big book’, there are many types of meetings in the world of recovery.
- We recommend sharing and speaking up when you feel ready to do so. Sharing can help you relate to others, get figurative addiction monkeys off your back, and make you feel welcome. Generally speaking, all groups are very welcoming and will not deny an addict that wants to get sober.
- Get a sponsor. Sponsors help take you through the steps. The 12 steps are the framework for most fellowships, and provide a clear and easy way to get sober and stay sober. Not unlike a sober support or sober companion, sponsors meet with you for free to discuss your issues that stem from addiction. If you need extra support, consider using our service to hire a sober coach, escort or companion during your first year or two of sobriety.
Richmond Virginia Sober Companion
There are occasions when a newly recovering person needs intensive discreet and professional one-on-one support. Our Sober Companion service does just that. We support individuals that:
- may need to leave their inpatient treatment to attend a family or business obligation by ensuring they return to treatment in a healthy state.
- have a travel requirement as soon as they leave treatment and need a sober companion while establishing their recovery within the bounds of their travel schedule.
- are returning to an unsupportive environment for their recovery.
- live alone and need support to establish new and healthy habits in support of their recovery.
Our sober companion services provide accompaniment to:
- 12-step meetings
- doctor’s appointments
- family functions
- social functions
We offer sober companion and sober escort services in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, South Jersey, Atlanta, Greenwich and the Greater Washington, DC and Baltimore regions.
AA Meetings and Early Recovery
If you are new to 12-step meetings such as AA or NA (Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous), don’t be worried! Millions of people use fellowships like these to get and stay sober. Our sober transport service can even transport you or a loved one to fellowship meetings and outpatient rehabilitation services. Whatever your early recovery needs are, we are here to help.Learn More