Drug and Alcohol Intervention Services in New Mexico

Created On Monday, 26, October 2015
Modified On Friday, 17, September 2021


Professional intervention is a carefully planned process that helps an addict understand the importance of treatment. Most people who become addicted to drugs or alcohol are consumed emotionally and physically by the substances. Because of this, they are not willing to seek treatment. Many families are under the misconception that the addicted person will reach out and stop using drugs or alcohol on their own. Unfortunately, this is not the case, and the substance abuse problem becomes worse. Professional intervention services in New Mexico help families struggling with a loved one addicted to drugs or alcohol.

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Most families will choose a certified intervention specialist; however, there are not always local resources to help. Most intervention groups are nation-wide organizations and travel to where the family is located. A professionally organized intervention is only as successful as the planning process. There are always problems with enabling, co-dependency, which is why a professional interventionist is on hand. A certified interventionist not only helps the addict but also counsels the family through the issues of enabling and co-dependency. Having someone at the intervention, which is enabling the addict, will undoubtedly derail the intervention.

When this occurs, it becomes next to impossible to convince a drug-addicted person they need addiction treatment. Within the state of New Mexico, substance abuse and addiction affect many people in communities large and small. Per a New Mexico Substance Use Epidemiology Profile, over the past 30 years, the state of New Mexico has consistently had among the highest alcohol-related death rates in the nation. The negative consequences of alcohol abuse are not only related to deaths but also domestic violence, crime, poverty, unemployment, and chronic liver disease. In 2010 the economic cost of excessive alcohol consumption in the state was $2.2 billion. Roughly one in five deaths among working-age adults were attributable to alcohol.


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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.