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I have done a lot of research on this scam websites for addiction related Interventions. I spoke to countless victims who got scammed specially in Southern California. This is my report;
if they operate with an 800, 877, 866 number then they are definitely a money making operation. even the well known interventionists like Ken Seeley who is an ego maniacal, narcissist will take you to the cleaners and behave like he now runs your family. if you make the mistake of hiring a lot of these ego maniacs they will clean your bank account and if things don't turn out well they will blame it on the " Dysfunctional family" or the sick, alcoholic addict you are trying to help. They will blame anybody but themselves. I would suggest websites with legitimate numbers( local prefixes) that can be tracked down and speak only to the Director who would be happy to provide references of successful interventions. Remember; the bigger the name, the bigger the ego maniac behind it. STAY AWAY FROM THE [protected] number SCAMS. THEY ARE BOILER ROOM OPERATIONS and the phone is always answered by a pressure salesperson who will not leave you alone after you call.

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  • Li
    Listen 4 the lesson Sep 27, 2014

    I feel that your post is a bit irresponsible. Interventions are not a guarantee that the interventionee will go into treatment. However, most interventionists have had the experience of clients going into treatment months later - the intervention does have an effect on the addict. Two of the best are Ed Storti (Storti Method) and Kristina Wandzilak (Full Circle). Ed has been doing interventions longer than anyone I know and stays in touch with the addict and family for at least a year, sometimes longer. He is loving, not punishing or degrading, to the addict because, after all, they are very ill, NOT BAD! He works very closely with the family and the treatment center in which he brings the addict (providing that the addict gives written permission for the release of information). 800 numbers are for those people that do not have unlimited call time on their cell phone or only want to use their private land-line number and don't have long distance...an 800 number has nothing to do with their effectiveness nor does it indicate greediness..that is an irresponsible and unfair statement and a generalization that can harm those needing help. I have long had difficulty with the process of interventions - I am not saying that they are not important, however. Working as an addiction counselor for over 12 years, I have found that clients spend a great deal of their time, while in treatment, working through the betrayal they feel from family and friends for facilitating an intervention. It is a skewed perspective, I get it. But skewed perspectives are prevalent in addiction. Kristina has introduced a remarkable method that I find to be less intrusive and has a very low risk of causing harm. She uses a systemic approach which educates the family prior to and during the intervention, on the disease of addiction. It is a family disease and, depending upon the amount of time any individual has spent with the addict, that person can be equally unstable...even more so in some cases. The key element in systemic interventions is that the interventionist invites the addict to the intervention - no surprises! What is surprising is how many addicts show up for the intervention and how many actually go into treatment - at one time she had mentioned that she had a 75% success rate using this model and claimed that most of the 25%, providing the family follows direction, go into treatment a few short days to months later. It is impossible for the addict not to be affected by a good and thorough intervention, if it is done by a professional in an educational, compassionate and respectful manner. If they refuse to admit into a ficility immediately following, you can be sure that they are still thinking about their use - it really harms any enjoyment that may still exist in their using. Please note, few addicts enjoy being addicts - it ceases to be fun a long time before the addict reaches out for help - so if you are a loved one and think that all they want to do is party and have fun, well you are mistaken...it what they know to quiet the insanity in their heads. One of the central factors in treating the addict, of which both Ed and Kristina agree, is that it is vital that the family (parent or spouse and/or children) receive treatment too. There is a lot of anger, dysfunctional thinking and behavior that all needs to be addressed by the family, as well, for the addict and loved ones to succeed in living a better life. I've often thought that the addict is the courageous person in an unstable family because it is the addict that brings visibility to a family problem...it is as if they are standing up saying, "Hey there is something wrong here!" I have NEVER EVER seen the problems in a family to exist solely because an addict is using drugs - the problems go much deeper - ALANON, CODA, and ACA are great and I, personally, feel that a therapist or addiction professional is necessary. Also, Ken Seeley has helped hundreds of people and just because the previous commenter didn't care for his personality traits, it is an irrelevant point...unless that commenter was just trying to be nasty, then it would be relevant...but who does that serve? Putting up such walls or interference that prevent people from reaching out for help with this deadly disease is dangerous - if Ken is the only interventionist available or if he shows up at an addicts house to do an intervention and the addict just so happened to have read that post - well, it is a good excuse to resist treatment...just not sure that this commenter thought through the effect such statements can make. If you are suffering, there is help - you are not bad -you just need support! Call Ed or Kristina or Ken or anyone - just please call

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