February 12th, 2013
By David Kelly
There are many questions that families ask themselves when thinking about a possible intervention for a loved one. There are several main myths or stereotypes about intervention that have been perpetuated through the media, and family to family. At Assistance in Recovery, we encounter those myths and stereotypes on a daily [...]
January 7th, 2013
by Meghan Knutson
During the rush of the holiday season it is very common for the best of us to put people, places, and things in front of our own well being. As we ring in the New Year it is an excellent opportunity to get back to basics, and redirect our thinking to ourselves [...]
December 27th, 2012
I recently finished the book Memoirs of an Addicted Brain by Marc Lewis. Lewis describes his experiences with addiction over many years from a personal and scientific point of view. Lewis describes his personal experience of taking a variety of substances and interjects with descriptions of the chemical change going on in the body when [...]
December 5th, 2012
Getting intervention help is a process, not an event. Be patient but persistent.
AiR Rules of the Road #13
As a behavioral health call center representative, I talk with families in crisis all day long. Whether the situation involves drug addiction, alcohol dependence, or another mental health crisis, when families need an interventionist, I always encourage them [...]
November 19th, 2012
By James Stolz
When I went to open my first treatment program back in 1996, I wanted to have a program free from caffeine, sugars and artificial sweetners. In the first two weeks, two people eloped from the program to go to the store across the street and in order to buy candy bars [...]
November 14th, 2012
By Katie Thiboutot
AiR Outreach Coordinator
Before I got sober I always defined my ok-ness as a person and my success as a woman by whether or not I was in a relationship. As soon as I was of age to have a boyfriend, I did. As I got older, and one boyfriend turned into the next, [...]
November 11th, 2012
By Mark C. Russell, Ph.D., ABPP, Retired U.S. Navy Commander, Military Clinical Psychologist
For the 93rd year since the November 11, 1919 commemoration of “the war to end all wars,” the American nation once again pays customary homage to its fallen heroes and the 24 million veterans alive today. Parades, political speeches, presidential laying of wreaths, purchase of [...]
November 3rd, 2012
ROCKVILLE, Md. — The Montgomery County Council will be holding meeting on drug prevention, intervention and education programs in county schools.
The meeting of three different committees is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in Rockville on Thursday.
At an April meeting, officers from the county police department reported that certain areas of the county have seen increased use [...]
October 15th, 2012
By Jill Davidson, MSW, LGSW
Clinical Case Manager, Recovery Assistance Program
I recently attended a live performance by singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile. I found Ms. Carlile to be an excellent performer and her show was moving in many ways, not least of which was her on-stage act of presenting her electric guitar to a randomly chosen young guitarist [...]
October 12th, 2012
Colin Farrell “made a decision” not to change his lifestyle when he became a father – even though he was a “drug-addicted drunk”.
The Irish actor is known for his hard-partying ways and spent time in rehab in 2005 where he was treated for prescription and recreational drug addiction. In 2003 he became a dad when [...]