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What’s the Difference Between the Different Types of Interventions?

What’s the Difference Between the Different Types of Interventions?

Thanks to dramatic television shows and movie scenes, misunderstanding surrounds interventions. The media show one type of intervention, an overly-emotional or poorly planned one at that. However, real interventions that are led by professionals are carefully planned and involve calm, honest conversations rather than confrontational ones. When professionals guide them, interventions are unlikely to end in anger or a refusal for help. In fact,...

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3 Ways Addiction Can Turn an Obedient College Student Rebellious

3 Ways Addiction Can Turn an Obedient College Student Rebellious

You think you know your child: she listens and pays attention, is smart, caring, respectful and honest. However, once college starts, her personality may change: a formerly calm child can become rebellious, saying and acting in ways you would never dream possible. There are many reasons your child can seem like a stranger once she leaves for college, but do not assume a normal issue caused her child’s new, rebellious nature. The National...

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Should Children Be Involved in Interventions?

Should Children Be Involved in Interventions?

The concept of the modern intervention began in the 1960s with Vernon Johnson, an Episcopal priest and recovering alcoholic who promoted the idea of an “early intervention” before addicts hit rock bottom. More than half a century later, interventions are a widely used and invaluable resource to motivate loved ones to address addiction problems with professional care. In a typical intervention, the addict meets with a group of three to 10...

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Sexual Assault and Addiction

Sexual Assault and Addiction

Addiction is highly correlated with sexual assault. A report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse states that as many as 80 percent of women seeking addiction treatment report histories of sexual or physical assault. Although sexual assault is less common among men, the consequences can be equally devastating. Results of Sexual Trauma A report by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs examined sexual trauma among military personnel and noted...

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