Real life is not at all like the movies

Glorified drug use, substantial consumption of alcohol, recreational substance abuse, and all of the things that come along with these acts of detriment are in the movies we watch, the television we bring in to our homes, the magazines on the shelves, the music we listen to, and the books we read. It is hard to not see or hear about the stars we love stumbling out of nightclubs after binging or the celebrities we adore causing mischief during their highs – and lows.

What is slowly starting to be portrayed in the media is not the glamorous side that we have been accustomed to seeing musicians and movie icons use to help motivate their creativity, but the suffering they are putting themselves through and causing at the hands of a destructive disease that they can get help for. However, these celebrities do not usually have the support of a normal family or functional friends. They have people who are catering to them and won’t get them the help they so desperately need for fear that they will be ex-communicated from the club of wealth and power. Having people surround them who would do an addiction intervention to try and save their lives is unheard of in the industry they belong to.

While you might see the similarities between your favorite public figure and the addict you have within your circle of love, the comparisons should stop at behavior. They may be acting the same way, using the same drugs or alcohol, or behaving in the same manner, but they should be able to rely upon you and everyone else who cares about them to say enough is enough. Hiring an intervention specialist for the person you are watching spiral out of control is what is going to save their life and allow them to live with the freedom that their favorite movie or music star cannot.

While it may look like an exciting life they lead, the stars that used to be beautiful before the drugs and alcohol took their toll are in fact falling. No one in Hollywood wants to insure them, nor can they be considered reliable enough to even negotiate good contracts with. And with the responsibility of being a role model on their shoulders, they will be discarded from the lime light if they refuse to act accordingly. But, no one will tell them this.

As someone who loves an addict, you have the choice to get everyone involved in a room with a professional to guide you, and perform intervention services to save this particular addict from the life you can see played out by stars all over the gossip sites online. Being able to confront this affliction with the knowledge that a substance abuse mediator will bring, and the emotion that the family and friends have built up, you can get through to the person who is wallowing in their dependence and cannot break free without outside help. What you see on TV and in the movies is not real life. But you can live happily ever after.

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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