Family First Intervention is an expert and certified group of drug and alcohol intervention counselors with a national reach. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is one of the states in which we work the most.
Even with a large metro areas such as Boston, the surrounding areas, unfortunately, have limited resources for effective alcohol and drug addiction help. This is where Family First Intervention comes in and helps fill the void. We not only help families here with setting up and performing an intervention, but we also help with connecting their loved one to the most suitable treatment center, whether the location is in state or out.
Before we delve into how our Massachusetts intervention services work, let’s take a quick look at the addiction landscape in this state.
Massachusetts Addiction Stats & Info
When it comes to admissions to treatment centers in Massachusetts, these four drugs (in order) are cited more than any other, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration:
- Prescription Opiates
It’s worth noting that the New England region as a whole is facing a disturbing trend of an increase in heroin addiction. Heroin addiction, in particular, seems to plague white males who are 30 or younger.
Between 2013 and 2014, Massachusetts saw an 18.8 percent spike in drug overdose deaths, the seventh-highest increase in the country over that time, according to the CDC. The average age of such deaths in Massachusetts those two years was well younger than 20 years old.
As far as unintentional overdose deaths involving opioids, the counties in Massachusetts that have seen the most such deaths, in order, from 2000 to 2015 are:
And when it comes to youth drug abuse in Massachusetts, here are some numbers worth paying attention to:
- In 2012, more than 2,200 people under the age of 18 were admitted to substance abuse treatment centers, a majority of whom were male and white.
- Nearly 70 percent of the above group had received prior mental health treatment.
- Among that same group, the mean age of first alcohol use was 13.2 years, while the mean age of first marijuana use was 12.8 years.
- Based on the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the substance abuse or dependent rate among 12- to 17-year-olds was 7.3 percent.
How Drug & Alcohol Intervention in Massachusetts Works
When we perform an intervention in Massachusetts, a handpicked counselor will come to your house and meet you and other family members prior to meeting the one who needs addiction help. The individual struggling with substance abuse is not part of the first day of the intervention due to the preparation we do to ensure a successful outcome. When we prepare during this “family day,” all family members need to agree on what needs to change and which enabling behaviors need to stop.
We believe that it is essential for as many family members as possible to be part of the intervention. After all, an intervention focuses almost as much on the family as it does the one who is struggling with addiction. We understand that, oftentimes, not all of the family is located in Massachusetts, so we usually schedule interventions days or even weeks out in order to give other members of the family a chance to make arrangements and then participate in the intervention.
Our Massachusetts interventions take place right in the comfort of your own home. Our goal is to make sure you and your whole family get the best education possible on addiction and intervention as well as suitable treatment options. We generally end up recommending treatment in a neutral, distant location – out of state, even. Such a setting is usually conducive to highest chances of sustained recovery.
Why Our Massachusetts Addiction Interventions Are Crucial
Due to the complexity and training required to perform a drug- or alcohol-related intervention, many people have trouble finding local help or any help at all in state. Family First Intervention has actually worked quite regularly in Massachusetts due to limited local access to intervention professionals in the commonwealth.
Family First’s mission is to make sure families and their struggling loved ones never have to go through the pain that addiction causes ever again. When we do an intervention in Massachusetts, we hope to make the difference that brings your loved one back from addiction and helps your family heal from the anguish caused during this difficult time.