Interventions Can Save More Than the Lives of Those Addicted

Sad kidSome people in this country believe that people who become addicted to drugs and alcohol should be left to their own desires because they’re only hurting themselves, but this isn’t true at all. Addiction affects everyone around the person including family, friends, co-workers, people sharing the road and many others. Substance abuse and addiction affect us all in some way, even if it means our tax dollars being spent to address the problems associated with it.

Of the many victims of addiction, the most disheartening stories are those involving the children of addicts and alcoholics. From abuse and neglect to tragic deaths, the stories are hard to listen to. A recent investigative report out of Florida shows hundreds of children who died unnecessarily over a six-year period because of their parents’ substance abuse and addiction, even though the state was aware of the danger before their deaths occurred. The heartbreaking stories include drownings and suffocation to much more violent incidents.

It is incredibly difficult to think about, but turning away won’t make the problem go away. The Miami Herald’s investigation into the state Department of Children and Families (DCF) showed that the department knew about the drug and alcohol problems of these parents but failed to act to protect the children. They claimed they didn’t have the authority to intervene and force parents to either get help or lose custody unless there was a court order.

Should state agencies have the right to remove children if they know the parents are using drugs and putting their lives at risk? Does this invade their privacy with a Big Brother-type long arm, or is it the right thing to do to save the kids? Perhaps rather than cutting funding for the state agency and substance abuse treatment (as happened in Florida), more funding should be made available for both, and also for special agents to investigate and do what is right for the children on a case-by-case basis.

However, keep in mind that in order for things to even get to this point, it usually means that other people who were aware of the situation failed to intervene as well. Remember, family interventions on addicted parents aren’t just for them, but can also save the lives of their children.

If you know of someone in need of an intervention for substance abuse, contact Family First Intervention today.

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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