What Is Drug Addiction?

Addiction is believed to be a chronic disease that is characterized by the compulsion to use a substance with difficulty in controlling one’s cravings. The desire is common despite the knowledge of its harmful side-effects. In most cases, the initial decision to use drugs is still voluntary. With repeated use, drugs can result in brain […]

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What credentials should an addiction intervention specialist have?

By Louise A. Stanger Ed.D, LCSW, CDWF, CIP

When You’ve Run Out of Ideas

When the person you love cannot stop drinking or using (and will not accept treatment), it’s common to feel:

  • Frustrated
  • Powerless
  • Hopeless

We’re here to tell you that there is hope. In fact, a group of licensed, certified professionals can help.

Here, we’ll review the main role interventionists during a talk with a loved one who is experiencing a substance abuse or mental health disorder. Plus, we’ll weigh in with industry expert, Dr. Louise Stanger, on what credentials MUST BE IN PLACE as you choose a professional interventionist to help. Dr. Stanger has been a professional interventionist for decades and has helped literally thousands of families get help for addiction. Finally, we invite your questions about intervention at the end. Please send them in! We love to hear from our readers…and make every effort to provide real-life questions with a personal response.

What’s an interventionist?

A professional interventionist guides families, friends, business executives, and others through the intervention process for a substance abuse, mental health, chronic pain, and/or  process disorder (sex, gambling shopping, disordered eating problem). During an intervention, a person addicted to alcohol and/or other drugs and compulsive behaviors is encouraged to accept help. During an intervention, caring loved ones work together to break through an addict’s denial. The main idea is to break the addiction cycle before it’s too late. What does the interventionist do?

Families frequently employ the services of a professional interventionist to facilitate an intervention. Let’s not mince words. A heart centered talk is often a difficult one. An interventionist not only guides the process, but helps the people involved. S/He plans an organized, meaningful, thoughtful, heart-centered and productive conversation with the main goal of having the individual who is in crisis enter treatment..

Are Interventions Successful?


The Association of Intervention Specialists reports that more than 90 percent of addicts accept treatment following a successful intervention. Recent studies have demonstrated that self-referred and intervention-based clients have equal chances of experiencing rehab as a positive thing. IN this way, addiction treatment – to substances or compulsive behaviors – might be started or re-started with an intervention.

What Do You Need from an Interventionist?

Industry leader and long-time interventionist, Dr. Louise Stanger says this:

1. You need someone with experience.

Look for an interventionist who can tell you about their effectiveness and experiences anecdotally and on record. Also, look for someone who can customize the experience. I employ an invitational , heart-centered and individualized, hands-on concierge approach to bring hope and healing to clients experiencing substance abuse, process addiction and/or mental health disorder.

2. You need someone who is certified.

Look for Certified Intervention Specialists and members in good standing of the following professional organizations:

  • NII (Network of Independent Interventionists)
  • AIS (Association of Intervention Specialists)

It also helps to work with someone who is credentialed in the profession of mental or behavioral health. For example, Dr. Stanger has been a licensed clinical social worker since 1973.

Finally, it helps to work with someone who is committed to continuing education. For example, I’m a trainer and have training in the following areas:

  • Intervention Models and Processes
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Coaching for clients and loved ones, estate attorneys, wealth managers, and work-related personnel
  • Safe Passage
  • Recovery Management Services
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Certified Daring Way/Rising Strong Facilitator

As such, I am skilled in Case Management, Family Work, Recovery management Services

3. You need someone who understands current trends in addiction.

It’s best to work with someone who is on “the pulse” of addiction. Look for an interventionist who comes referred by others or who is recognized in the industry. As a behavioral health care expert, for example, I write about topics ranging from:

  • The Opioid Epidemic
  • Wealthy clients and addiction
  • Family dynamics
  • Treatment centers and recovery
  • Marijuana and other drugs
  • Tips and helpful advice in the field

These are some topics that your chose interventionist should be able to talk with you about, as well. While I write for the Huffington Post, The Sober World, Recovery Campus, Addiction Blog , Counselor Magazine, and globally at DB Resources…your interventionist should be able to refer you to reading sources like these. I keep up with the latest behavioral health technologies, trends and changes in the field. Your interventionist should, too.

In sum, your chosen interventionist might not have as much exposure to national events as I do, but they should be able to know what’s going on locally in your city or state.

4. You need someone who integrates the family into the treatment process.

Look for someone with a track record of follow up from intervention to treatment. Look for someone who works closely with clinicians and rehabs directly.

Treatment centers or therapists often refer me to complicated families to work with and facilitate while their loved one is in and out of treatment. My concierge-style approach to problem solving transcends traditional therapeutic boundaries and I often meet people in their homes or on Skype. I also offer family workshops which are customized to meet the unique needs of the family.

Look for these qualities in an interventionist, as well.

Find the Interventionist You Need

In our opinion, Dr. Stanger represents “the best of the best” when it comes to interventionists. She’s a regular speaker at
Behavioral Health Care Events across the United States, after all. If you want to learn more about her and the work she does, check out her website or her memoir Falling Up! available on Amazon – it’s chock-full of tips and tricks for living a happy and healthy life.

If you’re in the market for an interventionist, you can find one via:

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6 Proven Facts and Helpful FAQs on How to Do Marijuana Detoxification

By Vikram Tarugu

Marijuana Detox…What?

Marijuana is one of the most popularly-known, abused illegal drugs. What’s more…studies show that for a small, but important number of users, marijuana can be addictive. Those who think that marijuana is not addictive clearly haven’t been through days of being sleepless while craving for that one small hit to take the edge off.

Detoxification of long-term marijuana is not as easy as you might think. In fact, the withdrawal symptoms can be intense that people end up going back to use more than what they need and for longer than they intended. Here, we review marijuana’s withdrawal effects and share tips to make the process easier.

We also appreciate our reader’s feedback. So, if you have any questions or comments, please share them in the section at the end of the page. We try to answer personally and promptly to all legitimate inquiries.

Withdrawal Symptoms from Marijuana

The detoxification from marijuana and its symptoms are real. They are medically proven. And although weed withdrawal may not be severely physically dangerous, it can make you feel extreme discomfort.

One of the effects of marijuana is that it can stay in your body for several days and even weeks after you stop using. Those who smoke weed and want to cleanse their body from it need to be patient.
The hardest part is that during the process, cravings can get extremely intense, making it real difficult to attain abstinence. In addition, abrupt withdrawal from marijuana could seem almost impossible.

6 Tips For Detoxing from Marijuana

Here are some of the most proven effective steps to detoxifying your body from long-term marijuana use:

1. Stop using weed.

There is nothing more compelling than just quitting use and being free from addiction. But, everyone who uses it knows that sudden withdrawal from long-term use of marijuana is not a piece of cake. In order to avoid relapse triggers, always stay away from places and situations where you know that a pot session may occur, such as a friend’s birthday celebration where you know that marijuana will be available.

2. Plan and be prepared for a cleansing period.

Marijuana is a fat-soluble substance, generally stored in some of our fatty tissues for an extended period of time. Pot remains in a human’s body for anywhere from 1 to 5 days after occasional use, as reported by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

For those who take marijuana regularly or heavily, it will take about 3 to 6 weeks (or even longer) of no weed intake to clean the entire body naturally and become completely pot-free.

3. Exercise intensively.

Jog around your neighborhood or spend some hours in the gym every week. Workout burn fat. By doing this, you’re not only helping your body to be healthy, but you can be a hundred percent sure that you’re helping your body clean any trace of the pot.

4. Cranberry juice is your friend.

Because it is acidic by nature, drinking cranberry juice may help you speed up the cleanse of your body from marijuana. Aside from that, cranberry juice has some properties that tend to increase the flow of your urine.

Others also believe that nicotinic acid (or niacin) can also cleanse marijuana from the body, but researchers have yet to test this idea.

5. Be wary of detoxification products sold online.

You may come across some website online that sell drinks and products which contain herbal cleansers, vitamins, and some minerals, promising to “detoxify your body from marijuana.” Nevertheless, put in mind that science still has to check if these products truly deliver results. Studies have not yet proven that these products are efficient when it comes to cleansing your body from marijuana within days or hours – as some claim.

6. Test at home.

No matter what method you use in cleansing marijuana from your body, you have to use a home drug test kit to make sure that the process of cleansing has worked. You can buy these home drug test kits in any local pharmacy for only $15.

FAQ’s About Marijuana Detox

Since we have given you some of the facts about marijuana detoxification, here some of the most frequently asked questions that people have about the weed cleansing process:

Q: Are there some physical effects if you quit taking marijuana?
A: Yes, physical withdrawal symptoms when you discontinue chronic marijuana use.

Many experts say that quitting marijuana does not have any physical effects. But in contrast to that, a growing number of those who recover from this addiction claim that there are surely severe withdrawal symptoms that a person is likely experience.

Q: Why does marijuana withdrawal last longer than the withdrawal from other substances?
A: Marijuana is a fat-soluble substance.

Therefore, you can find the active chemicals of marijuana in your body’s fat tissues. Unlike other water-soluble drugs and alcohol, it takes longer to cleanse weed from your system as some body parts may still retain THC even if it’s already been months since your last pot session.

Q: What are some of the most common symptoms of withdrawal?
A: Although there are some commonly experienced symptoms, withdrawal can be different for every individual.

The most common symptom of withdrawal is insomnia. There can be a few sleepless nights (literally) or occasional nights of sleeplessness that could last for months. You may also experience recurring vivid dreams and nightmares.

Next is depression (if you’re not rapturous).

And then there are also feelings of anger. At first, it’s just typical displeasure towards something unfortunate until you start feeling increasingly irritable most of the time to the point that you display sudden bouts of anger when you least expect it. You may be angry at the world, your family, and even at yourself.

Other regular symptoms include:

  • agitation
  • anxiety
  • a significant decrease in sex drive
  • headaches
  • intense cravings for marijuana
  • loss of concentration
  • nausea
  • poor appetite
  • restlessness

Medical Help For Marijuana Addiction

If you have a family member or a loved one suffering from marijuana addiction can be one of the most heartbreaking moments you can ever witness in your entire life. That is why many people concerned about their loved ones well being need to ask for professional help in rehabilitation centers or at least, motivate their loved ones to see a doctor, therapist, or counselor.

Being a victim of marijuana addiction is not something to be ashamed of and should never be kept private.

Addiction is a severe medical condition and as such, it can be medically treated with success. It is something that we should never ignore.

Marijuana Detox Questions

Do you have any other questions to ask or some stories to share? Please post them in our comments section below. We try to provide a personal and prompt response to all legitimate inquiries.

About the Author: Vikram Tarugu is a passionate leader, CEO, and founder of Detox of South Florida, Florida’s Top Alcohol Detox and Drug Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Tarugu is also a leading gastroenterologist and hematologist. You can find him practicing at several hospitals in South Florida and at Gastro In Florida. He is a proud advocate of drug-free living. In his spare time, he loves writing about tips on how to manage day-to-day tasks without depending on different addictive drugs.

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Eating Disorder Recovery Book: How to Love Yourself? (BOOK REVIEW)

A book of poetry that can help

Learning how to love yourself can be in the core of healing. Here, we review a book of poetry that aims to help you learn and practice techniques for self-love. So, if you’re looking for a book that can help you get to a place of recovery from eating disorders…you’re in the right place!

More here on how to use the book “Falling in Love With Yourself: Aligning With Your Natural State Of Being” by Debra Mittler in eating disorder recovery. It is a book of warm and compassionate language that facilitates healing. We wish you happy reading…but invite your feedback in the comments section! Please send us a message! Let us know what you think, or if you have any questions. As always, we try to respond to all real-life comments with a personal response.

What is self-love?

Self-love refers to the act of valuing your own happiness and well-being. In a sense, it is a kind of acceptance that can be described as an unconditional core of compassion for the self. Self-love might also be considered a willingness to:

  • meet your personal needs
  • encourage non-judgmental thinking about yourself
  • view yourself as essentially worthy, good, and valuable
  • believe that you are deserving of love and happiness

Self-love is an important component of self-esteem and overall well-being. Without loving yourself first, it would be generally difficult – if not impossible – to feel content. Moreover, researchers have discovered that the practice of self-love is associated with a multitude of benefits, such as greater life satisfaction, increased happiness, and greater resilience.

Loving yourself is important

Here is a strange thought: Loving yourself comes from believing and knowing that you deserve to be loved and to love.

In “Falling in Love with Yourself”, the author draws inspiration from a long battle with an eating disorder and self-hatred as a result. About her struggle and failed attempts at getting better, Debra Mittler says:

“Every time I took a step towards healing, something inside me would sabotage it and bring me right back to the anorexia. It was a powerful force that seemed impossible to stop. By doing my rituals of eating at certain times, certain foods in a certain way and exercising I kept myself busy so I didn’t have to deal with anything else in life. I was so frightened of change that it seemed safer for me to stay the way I was, even if I was going to die. Starving and exercise became my friends, my comfort and my safety.”

These feelings seem to be true for many kinds of medical and mental issues, including drug or alcohol addiction. It is not unlikely for people dealing with addiction, as well as people dealing with eating disorders to have very low self-esteem and to believe they are unworthy and undeserving of anything, especially love.

The more you focus on having no love or connection, the more you are alone… and food or drugs can easily become replacements for relationships.

How can “Falling in Love with Yourself” help you?

“Falling in Love With Yourself: Aligning With Your Natural State Of Being” by Debra Mittler is a book of warm and compassionate poetry. It is simple to read and easy to understand. If you are familiar with mantras, devotionals, or self-reinforcement you already know the style in which it’s written.

Here is what the journey to self-love via Debra’s book of poetry looks like:

1. Making a commitment.

The book begins with a poem that encourages you to make a commitment to start loving yourself TODAY and it does so in an sneaky-yet-effective way: You write a letter to yourself and you sign it at the bottom. Reading it, I immediately felt like it was not just a prommise that you think of and maybe never stick to. This is a promise made by you and signed at the bottom. How can you not commit to it?

2. Getting connected.

Several poems guide you towards calm and inner peace, where you can connect with the feeling of love. This is done through practicing several important aspects of love:

3. Practicing gratitude.

You are instructed to make a list of at least five (5) things that you are grateful for every morning, and you are even given examples of things that may inspire your gratitude.

“Feeling grateful is one of the keys,
Of truly living happy and free.
When you’re appreciating what you already have,
You feel more fulfilled on your earthly path.”

4. Starting on the path to self-acceptance.

The author encourages you to become aware of and accept ALL and EVERYTHING about yourself, bad and good. After all, even your flaws are what make you “you”.

“Are you really accepting you?
Everything that you think, say and do?
Or are you rejecting the things you don’t like,
And experiencing an internal fight.”

5. Loving your body.

In today’s day and age, many of us rush to take care of everything and everyone else, without really taking enough time to take care of ourselves, to eat right, to rest, to listen to our body’s needs. Specific poems asks you to make a list of the things you do that are harming your body.

“Have you ever taken the time to thank it [your body] for keeping you alive,
And doing it’s job on this earthly ride?
Most of us find fault with our bodies,
And blame it if we’re not looking like model hotties.”

The poems that follow help you explore:

  • The conditioned self.
  • The unconditioned self.
  • What you truly desire.
  • Ways to let go of disappointments.
  • Ways to express yourself.
  • Ways to identify and reinforce your core beliefs.
  • Ways to change a behavior.
  • Practicing self-forgiveness and self-compassion.
  • Ways to listen to your inner wisdom.

Who is this book for?

“Falling in Love With Yourself” can help those who have a deep passion for spiritual growth and are already on the continuous journey in expanding in wisdom, creativity, knowledge, and love. If you see yourself as a lost soul and are looking for motivation and encouragement to follow your heartfelt dreams and desires, then this book can help you, too. The author encourages cultivation of nurturing and loving ways that you can be with yourself and others…and that goes for anyone in need of healthy image.

What are the benefits of loving yourself?

Well, there may be too many to count…but we will list just a few:

The 1st benefit of loving yourself: People with high levels of self-compassion have been shown to often be able to overcome difficult life events, with more ease than those who are harder on themselves.

The 2nd benefit of loving yourself: The ability to affirm yourself has been linked to improved problem-solving abilities and decreased procrastination, because it can help you recognize the effects of negative habits and behaviors.

The 3rd benefit of loving yourself: The risk of developing mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and perfectionism can also be decreased through the practice of self-love.

The 4th benefit of loving yourself: It can increase your optimism and may be helpful for stress reduction, especially in the face of various life challenges.

The 5th benefit of loving yourself: Self-love can lead to improved relationships. In fact, research has shown that practicing self-love and self-compassion is likely to improve well-being in the context of interpersonal relationships. People who have self-compassion and practice self-love generally report feeling happier and more authentic in their relationships, and thus, they may be better able to assert their needs and opinions.

Got any questions?

Self-love is considered to be an ongoing act, rather than a constant state. For many people, it takes effort, attention, and mindful attempts to practice self-compassion and affirm and accept oneself. We hope that “Falling in Love With Yourself: Aligning With Your Natural State Of Being” by Debra Mittler can help you find the motivation to work on your relationship with yourself.

If you have any further questions, we invite you to post them in the comments section at the bottom of the page. We value your feedback and try to answer all legitimate inquiries in a personal and prompt manner.

About the Author: Debra Mittler is a graduate of the Master’s Program in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica and was an A student of the Hypnosis Motivation Institute. Debra was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa at age 13 and spent a quarter of a century going in-and-out of hospitals and treatment programs. She know first-hand what it’s like to live with the degradation of an eating disorder and self-hatred. Now, she draws from her own experience and aims to help clients overcome obstacles by offering encouragement, effective tools, and valuable insights in order to reach inner wisdom. Her goal is to help people reach a place of experiencing genuine love, value and self-appreciation.

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