Drug and Alcohol Intervention Services in Puerto Rico

Created On Wednesday, 28, October 2015
Modified On Sunday, 05, September 2021


The island of Puerto Rico has faced many challenges in recent years, and substance abuse continues to be a problem. Drugs such as heroin and prescription pain medication ravage the island, and many addicts are unable to get treatment. Professional intervention is a successful approach used to help an unwilling addict understand the importance of rehabilitation. The intervention process is done with a certified intervention specialist, family, and friends. When it is adequately organized, the process works, however, if a family attempts to perform an intervention without professional help, odds of success decrease. Within Puerto Rico, there may not be local intervention services, and many families choose to hire nation-wide intervention groups.

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When you begin to search for a professional interventionist, there are some things to consider. For example, you want to ensure they are qualified and have proper certifications. Experience is also an asset and a must, and many interventionists were once former addicts, who then became trained as an intervention specialist. Having experience allows an interventionist to predict the many different possible outcomes based on family history and information. Substance abuse consumes addicts physically and emotionally, which is why it becomes challenging to convince them to get help. Certified intervention specialists also help the family work through problems involving enabling and co-dependency.

These two issues quickly derail an intervention making it challenging to convince the drug-addicted person to get help. Puerto Rico has long suffered from the ravages of substance abuse and drug trafficking. Per a 2011 Drug Market Analysis, cocaine continues to pose the greatest threat to the region because of the high level of trafficking. The number of murders and other violent incidents linked to cocaine trafficking increased in Puerto Rico in 2010. Heroin abuse is prevalent in Puerto Rico, with high rates of HIV infection occurring among heroin users. Unfortunately, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands are a significant bulk cash movement center for drug traffickers operating in the region.


Marcel Gemme, DATS - Author

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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.