Drug and Alcohol Intervention Services in Virginia

Last updated: Tuesday, 09, November 2021


The goal of intervention is to motivate the addict toward treatment. Addicts are more likely to seek substance abuse treatment when an intervention is done. However, the intervention must be done correctly and push them towards going to therapy. Much of how the intervention works is based on setting boundaries and the family taking control. Hiring a professional interventionist does increase the success and ensures the addict successfully makes it to the treatment program. Families in Virginia who are planning an intervention may find intervention groups through the treatment program they are working with. Along with this are nation-wide organizations who travel across the country performing interventions.

Intervention is done at any stage of the addiction, and early intervention is just as effective as a late intervention. There is a common misconception that an intervention is the last resort, and an addict must hit rock bottom. This could not be further from the truth because substance abuse is unpredictable. During the time the family is waiting for the addict to hit bottom, they could overdose or worse. Early intervention saves lives and shows to the drug-addicted person the family means business. When you hire a professional interventionist, they are trained and qualified to educate and counsel the family.

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Much of the intervention process is about squashing old arguments and handling problems with enabling and co-dependency. Many families in Virginia are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction and are unsure how to resolve the issue. Per a Biennial Report on Substance Abuse Services in Virginia, in the state, roughly 55% of the population aged 12 and older used alcohol in the past month. Roughly half of those who used alcohol engaged in binge drinking. Approximately 21% of Virginia residents engaged in binge drinking. Most alcohol addictions require intervention because of how addictive alcohol becomes. The average alcoholic is still functioning, such as barely working, holding down family life, and other responsibilities. Alcohol is one of the most challenging drugs to give up, and intervention is a successful approach.


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on November 9, 2021

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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.