About half of my patients find me via referral from a health professional (such as a family doctor or psychiatrist) or when exploring treatment options on the web. Such patients already know that they are in need of help and are ready to take the steps necessary to save and change their lives.
The others require a bit of nudging as they may be in denial with regards to their addiction. Often a family member calls first and inquires about my services. In these cases, treatment begins with an intervention. This is a directed education process that includes a meeting with both the individual suffering from addiction and his/her family members in the presence of, and guided by me, an ABAM Board Certified addiction professional. The goal of an intervention is to have the addicted individual acknowledge his/her problem and to develop a treatment strategy agreed to by the patient that includes both detoxification as well as aftercare to prevent relapse.