Thursday, June 30, 2011

Harm Reduction in the Brickyard of Chicago - Greg Scott and Jacque Elder

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This was a show on NPR that my friend, Greg Scott, a sociologist from De Paul, asked me to join in as the "addictions expert".  I know the host was expecting a Treatment As Usual (TAU) practioner yet that ain't gonna happen.  I met Greg through Chicago Recovery Alliance, the US's largest mobile needle exchange where I am a volunteer and Captain of their Chicago AIDS Foundation Team.

Never thought I would get to see the inside of WBEZ, and it was beautiful.  I loved our "experts", one woman and two men who lived in the Brickyard, a illegal homeless shantytown in Chicago.  It has since been bulldozed.

Greg has some great videos on You Tube so search for Sawbuck Productions and Greg Scott.  It is very graphic video of folks shooting up heroin yet the Change Talk as he talks to them is lovely.

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I WILL DO FREE INTERVENTIONS FOR FAMILIES WHO HAVE LOVED ONES WHO ARE AT THE LAST STOP. Formal Interventions used to be free in Illinois. Does anyone remember that? I do. I am a Licensed Couple/Family therapist and in order to stop interventionists who are charging any money, let alone ridiculous amounts of money for ripping you off, I will do this at no cost. Yes, I have experience. I have done them, and they are difficult for you, the family. Not me. Yet I care about people living instead of dying, and I am angry with counselors and therapist who are preying on misery of families, and taking what is supposed to be a Step of Alcoholics Anonymous and Charging for it. That is against the Traditions of AA. And they know it.
Now, I cannot afford transportation or anything as I am not employed right now at all yet I will do my best to assist you.
These interventions should be saved for the person who you believe you may never see again because they may die from their substance misuse. Other counseling interventions work better than Formal Intervention (which can often tear families apart rather than keeping them together) yet talking about it and getting the details will help determine that.
Don't pay a penny for an intervention. Please.