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Drug and Alcohol Intervention Services in Minnesota

In Minnesota drug rehab programs are available all throughout the state, and many of these programs can provide access to intervention resources where they can help get their loved one into a drug and alcohol rehab program. When a person is struggling with an addiction, they are not always thinking about getting help and entering into a drug rehab program that will help handle their addiction. An interventionist will help convince the addict, they need help, and will help them understand how their drug and alcohol addiction is harming his or her life and what they can do to beat their addiction. A trained interventionist will help an addict see what their addiction is doing to them, and how it is especially harming their family and friends. An interventionist will usually be able to help the addict see their addiction as a major problem, but if they cannot accomplish this the family will have to be prepared to follow through with a tough-love approach. The tough-love approach can be difficult to do, but it will help the addict make a decision for getting help, especially if they know that their family will no longer help them until they help themselves.

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Substance Abuse and Addiction Family Intervention in Minnesota

When a family in Minnesota first starts planning an intervention, it may consider a tough-love approach. A tough-love approach can be done in one of two ways, either being overly confrontational or expressing care, support, and empathy. A more traditional intervention is where a group of the addict's friends and family come together to organize a surprise sit-down with the addict. Each person has a role to play, and each person typically reads a letter he will have written beforehand. The letters indicate how the addict has impacted the lives of the people around him. And ideally, why the addict is worthwhile and deserves a chance at living a meaningful life. These are emotionally difficult to go through because the addict is witnessing first-hand how their addiction affected the people close to them, but also difficult because the addict is hearing about the person he used to be, the person everyone loves, and misses in their lives. During this moment is when many addicts agree to go to rehab. If they refuse, however, there is typically a Plan B, which can often place the addict into a corner with very few options. For an intervention to be successful, hiring a professional interventionist does increase the chances of success. Families across the state of Minnesota have had success with interventions. In 2013 the number of treatment admissions in Minnesota increased by 4%. In 2016, there were 56,406 treatment admissions; however, there were also 376 opioid-related deaths, and in 2017 the opioid crisis was declared a nationwide public health emergency. According to the Minnesota Department of Human Services, treatment admissions by gender has remained the same since 2013. In 2016 approximately 35.6% of admissions were women, and 64.4% of admissions were men. Admissions for heroin use has increased since 2013 at 9.9% to 13.2% in 2016. The approaches used by the state to treat addiction include primary prevention, intervention, detoxification, treatment, continuing care, and recovery support.


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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.