It was 10:30 a.m. when I received a phone call from my boss Christopher Walsh, owner of Inspirations for Youth and Families teen rehab and the Cove Center for Recovery adult drug and alcohol rehab. He cursorily told me that I was going on an intervention to videotape it in Snellville, Georgia – a suburb of Atlanta. I asked Walsh when and he said right now. While videotaping a live intervention had been my dream since I started working in the drug and alcohol treatment profession, I have to confess that I was a little scared.
I had never been on an intervention before, but I was in great hands. I was assisting Joe Brat – one of the teen drug and alcohol addiction professions most prolific interventionists with over 2,000 interventions under his belt. Brat is so good that he is currently involved in preliminary discussions to star in his own reality television program based on future, real-life interventions that he will embark on.
Inspirations sends Brat on interventions at a parent’s bequest, who suspect their teens are abusing drugs and/or alcohol. Inspirations has been considered to be a leading intervention provider ever since they participated on one on the Dr. Phil show in 2011. The episode “Dangerous Fads: Huffing was so popular, it still airs as reruns.
Before I even got into Brat’s vehicle to set out on the intervention, I could hear AC/DC music blaring from his car stereo. The music gives Brat a much needed adrenaline rush as the pressure of an intervention can be an exhaustive endeavor.
When we arrived at the home of the teen, no one was home. This is every interventionists nightmare. Since the mother abetted in planning the intervention, Brat called her and she informed him she would be returning home with her daughter shortly, We proceeded to drive a few houses down and wait.
When the mom and daughter returned home, Brat waited until they entered the home and sped into their driveway. When we entered the teen’s home, Brat provided the teen a limited amount of information as to who we were and where we were taking her.
When on an intervention, there has to be some level of stretching the truth or else the teen may not go to the rehab or even run. In our case, Brat told the teen that we were taking her to a specialized school to help improve her failing grades so that she could be in a position to graduate high school.
The teen put up a strong fight, but the seasoned Brat was unrelenting and even used an intimidation tactic by making his handcuffs visible. After a heated argument, the teen finally succumbed to Brat’s demands and agreed to come with him to Inspirations for Youth and Families teen rehab.
A few hours later on the airplane, the reticent teen unloaded her deepest, darkest secrets to an attentive Brat. The stories that came out of this young girls mouth were horrific. She was raped by her step dad, watched her mom get beaten to a pulp by her step father and she even tried committing suicide five times. Her drug abuse at its nadir involved swallowing 20 to 30 xanax at a time.
She was raped by her step dad, watched her mom get beaten to a pulp by her step father and she even tried committing suicide five times. Her drug abuse at its nadir involved swallowing 20 to 30 Xanax at a time.
Perhaps, what makes this story so ironic is that her family exiled from war torn Afghanistan for a better life in America only to find that their tragic life followed them to the land of opportunity.
It’s impossible to foretell how long it will take for the teen to recover from her trauma and drug addiction, but rest assured, she took a big step by entering the teen treatment center.