“The lucrative market for predatory cults and interventionists to fill their coffers with fast cash appears to be expanding faster than a get rich quick, pyramid scheme. A simple Google search for an “interventionist” or “addiction help”, immediately entraps the vulnerable into the money machine of cons and quackery.”
A recent Narconon documentary exposing the health risks and dangers at Narconon and Scientology in Quebec, has stirred an ongoing controversy, resulting in government intervention at Narconon Trois-Rivieres. The Ministry of Health and Social Services is investigating numerous complaints arising from patients being mistreated and abused. The Quebec Human Rights Commission is moving forward with several cases, including Narconon exploiting disabled patients, forced labour without remuneration, as well as intimidation and other abuses.
One Narconon interventionist from British Columbia boasts a 100% success rate, saying he did 15 interventions in six months – – apparently a money machine in action. Following several months of investigation the aforesaid has been proven false, with one relapsed victim in the process of filing complaints.
Short web link: goo.gl/4ON9Y – Nov. 21, 2011, 2:47 pm
“USC Educator and Addiction Medicine Pioneer Dr. Akikur Mohammad has launched an Intervention Awareness Campaign. Dr. Akikur, along with several addiction professionals in the region, are launching an intervention awareness campaign designed to educate the public about the marvels and pitfalls of the intervention process.
Dr. Mohammad said, “While there is absolutely no doubt that when dealing with a medical disease, proper and careful intervention by a qualified individual is the key to healing; well, that sentiment holds particularly true for the disease of addiction.” Mohammad added, “Sadly, a shocking number of interventionists working today are not just unqualified to perform quality interventions, but they are also drastically overcharging people in need for their questionable services. In my opinion, this behavior is borderline criminal and must be stopped.”
Dr. Mohammad and his peers have decided that until there is a consistent and respected regulatory system in place to monitor the actions of qualified interventionists, they are forming an alliance of addiction experts throughout the recovery industry that will be keeping a registry of qualified and reputable interventionists, and making their list available to the public upon request. Mohammad added, “Our team is launching this campaign to not only educate the public about the intervention process and how to find the best qualified interventionist for your situation, but also to provide some system of checks and balances to an intervention industry that until now has operated below the radar. There is no room for error when treating this disease and the professionals responsible for critical interventions need to be qualified or out of business; it is that simple and an awareness campaign is a much needed first step.” Contact Information: Jed Wallace at: email@example.com
Apparently, in many Provinces and States, a person can easily hang out their “shingle” in websites without any professional credentials or government certified training whatsoever. Some use their Scientology rehab FSM certificates that were printed off a Narconon office printer to suffice as being qualified.
An Illinois Model for Certification of AODA Assessment and Referral Specialists (CARS), certified AODA assessors are required to pay a biennial recertification fee and submit 40 continuing education units (CEUs). This could serve well as a model for all Canadian and America jurisdictions.
Their mission is to protect the public by providing competency based credentialing of Human Service professionals. IAODAPCA is a private, non-profit organization that promotes standards for professionals in the alcohol and other drug abuse field. IAODAPCA shall protect the welfare of the public through the improvement of quality health care service being provided to the alcohol and other drug abusing individual, his/her family, and/or significant others.
IAODAPCA also encourages the highest ethical standards for all practitioners. Towards this end, the Board has established a Code of Ethics for the alcohol and other drug abuse professional in Illinois. IAODAPCA also investigates and may take disciplinary action on reports of ethical violations.
The current state of monitoring unlicensed interventionists and referral service agents in Canada and Quebec will soon be under scrutiny. Many of these so-called services may do far more harm than good when vulnerable patients are referred to cookie-cutter rehab centers, such as Narconon whose program is a one size fits all pseudoscientific quackery at best; leaving individualized treatment by the wayside.
Claims of 100% success by interventionists, 70-90 percent success rates by Narconon, are ludicrous inflations of the truth that lure the unsuspecting victim into the money grinder of deceit. If it seems too good to be true, it usually is, says the Canada Competition Bureau who monitors such frauds.
In simple terms, a reasonable person would not pay $90 per hour to have his car worked on by an unlicensed, back-yard mechanic or have a dentist harpoon his gums with anesthetic (freezing), if the dentist was not qualified or government certified by current medical standards.
An addict seeking treatment is a very ill patient, who deserves qualified medical treatment, with professional nurses and physicians on hand for emergencies.
According to government sources, Interventionists and referral agents should be government certified when attempting to assist and refer patients to treatment centers. Each patient has different needs according to their physical and mental state, requiring specific, directed care for each case.
David Edgar Love