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Don’t Say These Things During An Intervention

the family lose all control if two people enter attack mode. It can be frustrating, certainly, for loved ones to hear that an intervention is not actually the right place to give their family member a piece of their mind—to let them know how much they’ve hurt the family as a result of their addiction—but that doesn’t mean that there will never be a time.

Coaching for Airline Pilots

When I was struggling, I decided to go it alone—and it was a much harder way to go. Today, I’m here to listen to pilots and help them figure out what is right for them. Despite the restrictions of the system, I advocate for pilots to get help, ask questions, and seek answers.

Words of Recovery – Stop the Fight

We can start with the fact that “powerless,” “unmanageable,” and “God” are just words! Those three words don’t make up the entire program.

Intervention – Creating a Plan with the Family

Before an intervention, we spend a lot of time with the family discussing plans, including contingency plans. Usually the simple act of putting a plan into place will offer the family a lot of relief.

Recovery Coach – Four Reasons to Use One

lcohol. I like to think of coaching as a way to bring recovery into “real life.” Treatment centers and therapy can also be very useful, but recovery coaching is unique in that it focuses on on-the-ground problem solving for the day-to-day.

Close to Relapse: “As Prescribed by a Doctor”

My injuries were so severe that my doctor put me on an opiate painkiller, which I didn’t know much about at the time. Nor did the general population: it was just before the opiate crisis became a national news story.

12-Step Program – I Worked It Out From Imperfection to Perfection

I don’t know how I got to 12 years, but I do know that I stuck out going to recovery meetings; I have few that I regularly attend, week after week, year after year. My friends are in these meetings. I recognize just about everyone in attendance, and I look forward to going and catching up with them weekly.

Aftercare: Reintegrating the Family

Returning home, after treatment, is where the rubber meets the road in recovery. Most treatment facilities have family programs where clinicians begin working with the family as soon as the patient checks in. This can be key to long-term success, for both the patient and the family.

All I Want is for Them to Stop Drinking

Families often want a lot more than for someone to “just stop using.” New lives take time to build. There will be ups and downs along the way, the family will need to learn to support someone in the process of changing, and the individual will need a lot of support as they take slow steps to build a new way of living.