How long have Newlife Services been providing Newlife Interventions?
Newlife Services have built our reputation up around the very positive results we’ve been achieving with our Newlife Interventions since early 2014, though Prashanta and his friends have been offering drug and alcohol interventions and refining his skills since 2001.
Our standard model of Newlife Interventions includes interaction from the surrounding family and in Odisha this is called the Newlife Method, or “Family Intervention”. This is a model that has been proven to work for around 20 years now.
Our Newlife Interventions are based around this model, but tweeted for the specific family we’re working with to improve it’s chances of success even further.
What signs should a person look for in a loved one if they suspect that they have addiction problems?
Traditionally, what we find the most obvious changes are in their behaviors, attitudes, attendance, achievements, restlessness, irritability, reduced interest in things that used to excite them, missing work, family events, or appointments.
You may find all or just some of these traits showing up in your loved one. These are all just signs that help is needed.
When it comes to an intervention with a loved one, what can you do if most of the families have already given up on the addicted person?
This happens so often and often the first hurdle is reinvigorating the family to accept that help is available that actually has a high chance to succeed.
The family and loved ones feel they tried everything to help; gave them money, bailed them out of trouble at work, continued to permit them to drink / use under their roof despite all attempts to dissuade them, walked around on egg shells, Read more…
Is there a tactic for Newlife Interventions that puts the subject of the intervention at ease? Do you have a certain tactic to ensure that they don’t scream, “You’re ganging up on me” and run out?
We have found time and time again that by offering love and respect from the absolute outset that it helps deal with the natural fear and anxieties that they are feeling. We’ve found, that by splitting the Newlife Intervention into an assessment followed by two stages that we can predetermine the best member of our team to be on hand to build rapport with the addict / alcoholic as soon as possible. It truly helps to have the right Interventionist guiding each case, chosen by our team to ensure maximum affiliation between the client and the team.
Also, that said, each family system is different and may require a different model of intervention. It’s best to be trained and experienced in many different processes and scenarios of intervention.
With different, often conflicting approaches to rehab and recovery, is there a specific approach you recommend?
Newlife Services leans towards the 12 Step Recovery Programme, because it has been proven to work 100% of the time when its principles are applied.
We are very open minded to other principles, theories and forms of treatment, so long as there’s evidence that they work. So, whilst we’re open minded to all potential models of care, the one we see that helps the most people with long term statistics is the 12 Step model.
In all your years of doing this, what has been the most common substance people are addicted to?
Without hesitating, the answer to this is alcohol.
Alcohol is so socially accepted within our modern culture that people’s level of denial around the problem and their lack of willingness to do something about it is incredibly hard for friends and family to witness or confront them over.
In all cases, the alcoholics and other addicts that are the most motivated to change are always the ones that have felt enough personal emotional discomfort and pain Read more…
How often is the family as unsupportive as you have described? Meaning, how often does the family cave-in to the addicted person?
Far too often. It’s really quite sad.
It would be simple if every enquiry we received was from a family looking for our Treatment Advisory Service and simply searching for the best facility to send their addicted loved one to.
But most of the time that’s simply not the case.
First of all, most of our enquiries are from families who have an addict living amongst them that doesn’t want to stop or get any help. But even sadder are the times that it’s obvious to us that the reason they don’t want to stop is because there’s no reason for them to stop. They have a roof over their head, they’re fed and they’ve got disposable money in their pocket. Read more…
Is there a different technique for different drugs? Or is it always the same approach, irrelevant of the substance or drink?
Every Newlife Intervention is different and takes on its own specific course. In the same way, every addict / alcoholic is a different person too.
So it’s not really just the technique for each drug that’s different, though that’s certainly the case, but more specifically it’s the addict that’s different with a bespoke plan for their recovery.
Really getting to know the actual family is very important and that’s often what gives each Newlife Intervention it’s direction and specific process.
What is the youngest person you have worked with? What is the age of the youngest Intervention you’ve done? What is the average age?
13 is the youngest we’ve personally been asked to intervene with.
Newlife Services generally is an adult service, offering help to over 18s due to legal reasons. We frequently help family through Newlife Interventions when their loved one is 18 or 19.
The average age of the people we perform Newlife Interventions upon is probably around 25 – 45, though we regularly work with addicts aged from 18 through to 60+.
If you see the signs in your son or daughter, or in your parents or grandparent please do not wait.
When is now a good time to get them the help that could save their life?
You could be catching their addiction in its early stages, or before it progresses any further.
On the reverse of this, what is the oldest? Do people ever just say they’re too old to stop now? Do people start at an advanced age?
The oldest person we’ve had through Newlife Services so far was in his late 60s, though there’s absolutely no reason to not get well just because you’re in your 70s or 80s.
When you’re killing yourself through your addiction it will only ever get worse, not better, unless you get on board with some form of abstinence based solution.
When is now the right time to get well?
Where have you travelled for interventions? Where are you prepared to travel to?
Newlife Services operates in Odisha and across india.
We’re always happy to travel around the globe to use our expertise to help.