Review of Episode #70 of Intervention - Jenny

December 15th, 2008

       My wife and I just finished watching episode #70 of A&E’s Intervention, which covered Jenny and Mike. I’ll share my thoughts on Jenny in this post and come back to Mike in a later post.

       What was most amazing about Jenny’s case was how fast her addiction took hold and progressed. Within a matter of six months, Jenny’s use of prescription Lortrab after a surgery quickly progressed to an addiction that lead to an arrest for the theft of a prescription pad. Within a short time from, she had begun to dabble in meth and then graduated to heroin. Again, all within six months.

       Jenny’s addiction, like many, was aided and abetted by the help of loved ones. In classic fashion, one of Jenny’s sisters did everything from providing her with money to giving her “clean urine” so she could pass drug tests. Of course, Jenny’s sister hated the addiction, but she clearly feared what might happen if she didn’t help Jenny out. Like many family members, the sister was torn between the desire to keep Jenny from suffering consequences and the realization that her assistance may ultimately contribute to Jenny’s eventual death.

 

The Intervention

       Overall it seemed like a solid intervention, though the show seems to be showing less and less of the intervention itself. There were a bunch of family members present, but we only heard a couple of impact letters. Jenny ultimately did commit to going to treatment and got clean, only to relapse. Thankfully, a few months later when she got pregnant (a long-time desire), she kicked on her own.

       As for me, there was one moment in the intervention when I wished I could talk directly to Jenny. It was when they had handed her the brochure for the rehab center. Jenny said something to the effect of “I’m so afraid of being alone.” That moment seemed like a great opportunity for the interventionist and the family to lovingly reinforce that Jenny’s addiction, was in fact isolating her from those she cared about. Rehab, though it may be a big step, would likely result in less loneliness, not more!

 

The Treatment Center

Beacon House is a non-profit (yeah!) treatment center in stunning Monterey, CA. They offer a variety of programs from 1-3 month inpatient and outpatient programs, as well as a sober living set-up for women. They do have a medical doctor on staff in addition to a couple of MFT’s and a psychologist. You can visit their website at www.BeaconHouse.org.

 

Ken Clark

Lead Interventionist

Info@RehabInterventions.com

www.RehabInterventions.com

1-877-342-2435 (toll free)

Tara Reid Checks Into Promises Rehab Center

December 13th, 2008

Tara Reid, star of many recent teen comedies, has checked herself into the Promises Rehab Center for unspecified treatment. Reid, age 33, is as much known for her wild partying ways as she is for her roles in films such as American Pie.

Promises is a top-notch drug and alcohol treatment facility with facilities in Malibu and West L.A. Known for it’s Hollywood clientele including Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen, and Diana Ross, Promises charges approximately $50,000 for a 30-day stay, compared with $24,000 from the equally famous Betty Ford Clinic.

We wish Tara the best of luck and hope her struggles serve as a reminder that relapse can happen to anyone, in any situation. If a celebrity, with the relatively easy life they lead can relapse, then there’s no doubt that it can happen to the rest of us.

Best of luck to Tara as she gets her feet back under her.

If someone you love is in need of professional intervention services, the Rehab Interventions staff can be reached 24 hours a day at 877-342-2435 or Info@RehabInterventions.com.

Ken Clark’s “Financial Intervention” Article Featured on Investopedia.com

December 9th, 2008

I’d like to say a special “thanks” to Investopedia.com. They recently ran an article I wrote on “Conducting a Financial Intervention” for loved ones whose money habits are out of control. While performing an intervention for financial issues might seem a little unusual, it’s not.

Sadly, many people are forced to deal with someone else’s out of control money habits. This might include excessive spending, out of control debts, gambling, excessive risk taking with investments, and even workaholism.

If you’ve got time, bounce over to Investopedia.com and give my full article a glance.

As always, if my professional intervention services can be of any help to you or a loved one, please do not hesitate to contact me at 877-342-2435 or Ken@RehabInterventions.com.