Kelly was a dedicated mother of three children. Before choosing to stay at home, she was a somewhat heavy drinker; she worked in sales, and liked taking clients out on her expense account and “drinking the boys under the table.”
After leaving her career, she intended to drink less and work out more. Kelly quickly found that her stay-at-home lifestyle was isolating – all those reruns of Barney the Dinosaur – but she was a super-mom and very involved with her children. At the same time, she found she was drinking more and more, earlier and earlier, sneaking out to the garage to have a drink to calm her nerves.
Kelly started taking water bottles of vodka wherever she went, sneaking drinks at soccer games – even drinking in the car. At home, she was incredibly lonely—busy doing things for her children, but still lonely.
It wasn’t until the COVID-19 crisis that her life totally fell apart. Overnight, she had to start homeschooling, her daily activities were totally disrupted, and the stress of having three kids (and her husband!) in the house all day long drove her to drink more and more, and at the same time, allowed her husband to observe just how much she drank.
Kelly’s recovery began when her husband called Suntra for an intervention. Since he was working from home, he finally saw the amount that Anne was drinking. He’d had an inkling of the problem, but this was the first time he truly had to confront it.
We took a few days with Kelly’s husband to plan an intervention and find the appropriate facility. He was worried that the intervention would be a disaster—that Kelly would deny and yell. But the exact opposite happened. Kelly was ready for help.
Some interventions are suprising in how easy that they are, the person of concern recognizes that there is a problem and has been ashamed of their behavior. They also don’t know what to do to recover.
An intervention done property is a very supportive event. When Kelly saw that her family wanted to support her and wanted to help her, she quickly broke down and immediately asked for help. In a matter of a few hours, Kelly checked into a treatment center.
While at treatment, the facility offered family sessions that helped her husband cope with damage that was done to their marriage and to prepare for Kelly’s return, creating a safe home that supported her continued recovery.
Adam Banks is a certified recovery coach and interventionist at Suntra Modern Recovery. He received an MBA from the University of Chicago and built a company which United Health Care acquired. He learned his rigor and attention to detail from his career as an airline pilot, holding an ATP, the FAA’s highest license.
Suntra Modern Recovery provides medical treatment for alcohol and opiate addictions via video visit with medical doctors. Suntra’s alcohol and drug intervention services are available in New York, Long Island, and the Hamptons. Treatment for opiate and heroin addiction, including Suboxone treatment, can start today.