The New Drug Problem

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The Devil's Breath

No matter what you do, and how hard you try to control things, there will always be another new drug. It’s just one of those things that you can count on happening reliably, like death and taxes.

For example, have you heard of “The Devil’s Breath” yet? This is a scary new drug found in Columbia that is technically named Scopolamine, and it is derived from the Borrachero tree. This drug — which is tasteless and odorless, thus making it easy to avoid detection when using — when turned into powder form can be blown into someone’s face and make them completely high. Then, people who are under the spell of the drug can be manipulated by others to do all sorts of crazy things (including taking all of their money out of their bank accounts and giving it to would be thieves), and have no memory of the process afterwards.

Yes, it’s a scary proposition, and no one wants this to happen to them. But if you look at this through the eyes of someone who needs an intervention service, this is just another way to chase the high. It’s some new way to get their fix; something different than their usual drug of choice, and they might want to try it just because. Imagine what repercussions that could have on them, both physically and emotionally. Suppose they overdosed because they didn’t know how the drug would effect them. Who knows how deep the rabbit hole could go.

Drug addicts need to have an [intervention for their issues, there’s no doubt about it, but lots of people wonder how to have an intervention. Truth is, it’s all about making sure you have the right people on hand to guide you, your family and the person in question through the process. That person is a certified interventionist.

No one can accurately predict what new drug is going to pop up in the world anytime soon, and we can’t protect those with addiction problems from turning on the news or hearing about something new from a friend. But what we can do is help those people through their problems. In fact, that’s exactly what family first intervention is all about — helping those in need.

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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