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Many families are overwhelmed by addiction’s impact on not only their loved one but their entire family. It’s common to feel completely defeated by the defensive dynamics that develop in an addictive system, attempts to get someone resistant to help into an appropriate treatment center, navigating issues of cost and insurance and having to make important decisions regarding after-care It can make the entire process seem impossible and, at times, early recovery can often be as traumatic as living with active addiction; families are still walking on eggshells, trust has not yet been restored and unhealthy communication and boundary patterns persist. Without education, guidance and support in place, many families struggle to find ways to support a healthy recovery for the addict and themselves. These factors all increase the likelihood of relapse.

As an Intervention Professional, it is my job to take the overwhelm out of the intervention, treatment, and recovery process, to provide the education, guidance and support families need to achieve positive recovery outcomes. Without professional help, many families subject themselves to unnecessary anxiety and emotional pain, financial hardship, stress and a tendency to drift back to the questionable comfort of familiar but unhealthy dynamics at the cost of true growth.

Healthy families are made up of healthy family members and to that end my services extend beyond just getting a substance abuser into treatment. My philosophy is centered around healing the entire family. Helping families “unlearn” self-defeating thoughts, attitudes and behaviors, develop skills to replace defenses and providing resources that will best help a family meet the challenges of early recovery are all a part of Family Intervention Now’s intervention and recovery process.

My experience with interventions began in the early 1980’s with crises interventions in the healthcare field. Because of my own experience with recovery, I have focused exclusively on facilitating addiction and mental health interventions since 2001.

I am a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor II (CADCII) in the state of California, a Nationally Certified Addiction Counselor (NCAC) and a Registered Nurse (RN).  Additionally, I am a member of the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC), the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC), the Network of Independent Interventionists (NII) and am a former board member and past president of that organization, as well as past board member of Problems of Alcohol and Labor Management (PALM).

I have worked in state licensed inpatient addiction treatment centers and detoxification facilities as a nurse, counselor, program developer, Director of Admissions, family program developer/facilitator and have served as Executive Director of two inpatient addiction treatment facilities. I currently facilitate a free, weekly Family Recovery Workshop in my community to provide resources to families impacted by addiction and early recovery issues. My own experience with and knowledge of the intervention, treatment and recovery process has given me the resources and skills needed to implement comprehensive, effective recovery plans for addicts and their families.

I look forward to meeting you. Contact me today for a discreet, free consultation to start healing your family today.

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