Drug and Alcohol Intervention Services in Vermont

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


When families begin to organize a substance abuse intervention for a loved one, there are many things to consider. There is a common misconception that many families have is that an addict must hit rock bottom. However, this is not so, and intervention is equally important at any stage during the addiction. Early intervention saves lives, and the longer the family waits, the worse the addiction becomes. When families in Vermont are searching for intervention groups, there may not be local resources available. However, if you are already working with a substance abuse treatment program, they have local intervention resources to refer you to.

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Most families, when contacting intervention groups, find ones that operate across the nation. Having an interventionist benefits not only the addict but also the family. The family needs to work through the old unresolved arguments, problems with enabling, and any co-dependency. Enabling occurs when someone is making it easier for the addict to use drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, if the enabling is not addressed correctly, it will derail the intervention completely. The first day with the professional interventionist is spent educating the family. During this time, those who are attending the intervention are chosen, along with every other detail being worked out.

The substance abuse problems in Vermont has affected people from all walks of life and in every age group. Per an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs Annual Overview in 2016, in 2015, the use of heroin surpassed prescription drugs as the primary opioid used before treatment admission. Roughly 30% of Vermont high school students used alcohol in the past 30 days, which was a decrease from 2013. The use of marijuana among adults aged 18 and over increased in 2015. Regardless of what stage of addiction a person is struggling with, professional intervention is a successful solution.


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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.