Drug and Alcohol Intervention Services in Utah

Created On Saturday, 06, December 2014
Modified On Friday, 08, October 2021


An intervention is when a group of people come together and confront along with a professional interventionist to confront someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol. The intervention process is successful when correctly done. However, may families attempt intervention without professional help, which can diminish the chance of success. Families in Utah who require professional intervention services may find local resources through the treatment program. However, most families reach out to nation-wide organizations who travel across the country performing interventions. When someone is abusing drugs or alcohol, it consumes their life physically and emotionally.

When this happens, it becomes difficult to speak to them about addiction treatment without a confrontation. When a group of people comes together to confront the addict, it tends to be more successful. There are many different methods of intervention that are used based on the family and the circumstances. During the first day, the interventionist spends time educating the family and those people involved. The second day is often reserved for the intervention. When the family comes together and does not deviate from the plan, an intervention is successful. However, if there is someone at the intervention who is enabling the addict, the intervention will not work.

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The substance abuse problems affecting Utah impact many families throughout the state. During the peak of the opioid epidemic in 2016/2017, the need for treatment in the state outweighed the availability. The state rose close to the top of nation-wide stats for prescription drug abuse. In 2015 over 131,000 adults and youth in the state required treatment but were not receiving it. The public treatment system in the state was serving roughly 10% of people who required substance abuse treatment. Intervention is a successful approach for both adults and adolescents, and should never be considered a last approach.

Here is a list of the different interventionist in Utah. The list can be incomplete so please do not hesitate to contact one of our treatment specialists at 1-800-304-2219.



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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.