Justin Bieber – A Classic Example of Failure to Intervene

biebermugshotAs I said in my CNN interview regarding the overdose death of Michael Jackson, people in powerful positions with a lot of money still have to have enablers around them to continue their substance abuse and associated destructive behavior. The latest development with Justin Bieber is another example.

Waiting for an addict to get better usually just doesn’t occur magically on its own. Something or someone has to have enough of an impact through a form of intervention. In this case, Bieber was arrested in Miami early this morning and charged with DUI, resisting arrest and driving without a valid license. A Miami Beach detective said that the Bieber’s DUI charge was for a combination of alcohol and narcotics. It was later mentioned that he had admitted to drinking, smoking marijuana and taking one or more prescription drugs.

This latest incident is just one of many in a string of public problems from his childish, irresponsible and dangerous behavior. Last week his home in California was raided and one of his friends was arrested. Bieber’s arrest comes only a couple days after a reported string of text messages with former girlfriend Selena Gomez surfaced where she had allegedly told him he was a drug addict and needed help.

Hopefully this will be enough to prompt the singer to start to make changes in his life before something more tragic happens, though it isn’t likely at this point unless people quit enabling him. Given the smug look on his face in his arrest photo, it didn’t look like he was taking it very seriously. His age and fortunes mean that people are going to continue to take advantage of him and his money and convince him to keep up his lifestyle. Similarly, he’ll use that position and money to convince others to do his bidding.

His family and closest real friends need to step in and intervene to get him help or this will likely end up in disaster. A professional interventionist would be able to work with the family on how to make this happen.

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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