St. Louis interventionist, Meredith Sonetz, is an AIS board certified interventionist, trained in the AiR Model of Intervention by Dr. Tom Savage and Andrew Wainwright. She has worked with hundreds of families across the country. Meredith has a broad base of experience providing behavioral-health counseling and consultation to individuals, families and businesses. She has worked for the Cathedral Shelter of Chicago, which provides outpatient addiction counseling to over 300 men and women each year, as well as for the Behavioral Health Services of Central DuPage Hospital. At AiR, she has facilitated interventions and provided clinical case management for the Recovery Assistance Program(RAP).
Meredith shares AiR’s commitment to providing the highest quality support, direction and guidance to individuals and families suffering with behavioral-health issues,especially related to eating disorders and addiction. Read complete bio below.
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Drug and alcohol addiction in St. Louis, MO
Helping a loved one recover from drug or alcohol addictions often brings with it confusion, pain and failure. Of those who actually attend treatment, only 40 to 50 percent actually stay sober past a year after treatment – and those are only the ones who actually accepted help, and thousands more simply don’t make it that far.
No family wants to stand by and watch a loved one self destruct, but without the adequate professional assistance, often times families are forced to do just that. Although a small percentage of people are able to recover from drug or alcohol addiction without intervention, the majority of individuals addicted to alcohol need assistance. With intervention and support, many individuals are able to stop their addiction to drugs or alcohol and rebuild their lives in St. Louis, MO.
Using AiR: Assistance in Recovery’s intervention model, hundreds of families have found relief from a loved one’s addiction, and of those intervened on, 92 percent accept help. AiR also recognizes the statistics are not in favor of recovery, so we continue to help both families and individuals stay on track with continuing recovery options, making that transition from addiction to sobriety a more easily managed adventure.
When to do a drug or alcohol intervention
Intervention is the best way to make help available to those struggling with an addiction. Assistance in Recovery helps 92 percent of those intervened on go to treatment and have the opportunity to change their lives. If you ask yourself, “how much worse will it have to get before you are willing to act,” you will probably realize that now is the time to take action.
If your current situation has you concerned enough to explore this option it’s time. If you are concerned about someone you love, nothing can be gained by waiting. Crisis comes and crisis goes, but with the disease of addiction, we don’t get to choose the consequences our loved ones will face the next time.
Will doing an intervention make matters worse?
No. Doing nothing only makes matters worse. Our interventionists recognize that behavioral health crisis can be frightening, confusing and debilitating and that sometimes people just need to be rescued and are here to help guide you through the entire process.
Meredith Sonetz’s Bio:
Meredith has been working with AiR for over 4 years. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and received her Masters Degree in Counseling in 2005. She completed the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) program through Harold Washington College in Chicago, IL., and passed CADC exam in 2003.
Meredith completed internship with the Cathedral Shelter of Chicago, which provides outpatient addiction counseling to over 300 men and women each year, and is licensed by the Illinois Department of Human Services. During the internship she led various outpatient group therapy sessions, dealing primarily with the male and female population recently released from incarceration. She is presently enrolled in 2 year Masters Counseling program at National Lewis University in Wheaton, IL.
Meredith has also worked at Behavioral Health Services of Central DuPage Hospital as a Case Therapist for Chemical Dependency, Mental Health and Adolescent patients.
Meredith spends much of her free time volunteering for the community. Each month as a RUSH Presbyterian Volunteer, she leads an assimilated First-step Alcoholics Anonymous meeting to a group of 3rd year medical resident students. She also volunteers for Suicide Prevention Services and the Cathedral Shelter of Chicago.