Families, Ask “Is This Rehab Safe?”

Kevin Drouin set out to protect his family from drugs, but he soon found himself searching a local rehab center. He gives us the inside scoop of what goes on in rehab and the one question every family should ask.

Kevin Drouin and his family live 20 minutes north of Boston, in Lawrence, Massachusetts. More drugs flow through Lawrence than Boston; it’s the center of the Northeast drug trade. With drugs come overdoses, and no one is safe. Day after day, young people from good families in very affluent neighborhoods are dying. Two years ago, amidst this growing epidemic, Kevin asked himself a tough question, “What if it were my own child?” His answer, “Get a dog that finds drugs.” Thus, Kevin’s business, Tough Love Intervention, was born.

When Kevin Met Moxie

Formerly trained for police work, Kevin was able to purchase Moxie after her original assignment fell through. Labrador Retrievers are very social, and they are eager to please, making them highly trainable. They also have soft mouths, so they won’t bite. Above all, Labs have an excellent sense of smell. Moxie’s sense of smell is more than 100 times greater than Kevin’s.

After completing her initial training, Moxie learned how to detect various drugs. Moxie is trained and certified to detect:

  • Heroin
  • Cocaine
  • Crack Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Marijuana
  • Hashish

When Moxie Goes To The Rehab Center

Moxie searching rehab centerEven though Tough Love Intervention is not affiliated with any law enforcement agency, their presence sends a ripple of fear throughout the rehab center. Why? Because not all treatment centers are secure. In the past two years of searching with K-9s, Kevin has uncovered this inherent truth,

“If you force someone into treatment, that isn’t ready, they will pollute everyone in the facility.”

Moxie and Kevin have found drugs in a patient’s nightstand under a Bible. At another location, Moxie found drugs stashed inside a porta-potty. Recently, the pair was searching a young girl’s room. She was only 25 years old. It was her fourth relapse and fifth treatment center.

People go to rehabs to get clean, so the idea of drugs at the center is shocking at best. In the worst cases, it’s deadly. “Treatment centers have new addicts coming in every day,” Drouin explains. Jails are secure because they continually conduct strict searches. Rehab centers don’t have that luxury. One rehab Kevin worked with knew their food wasn’t so good.  When they let patients order pizzas and subs, drugs came in too.

Ask The Expert

Parents often ask Kevin, “Where should I send my son?” His answer is simple,

“Every treatment center will look you in the eye and tell you they have a zero tolerance policy. Ask them, ‘How do you maintain that policy?’ Make sure sober means sober. Treatment means treatment. Detox means detox.”


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5 Don’ts For Staging An Intervention

She’s had ANOTHER DUI. He lost ANOTHER job. That’s it! We’re staging an intervention!

Addiction leaves a wide path of destruction, and people are exhausted from fearing the worst. We hope our loved one, who might be angry at first, will admit the problem and promise to quit. Then we hope they actually keep their promise.

Unfortunately, Disney doesn’t plan interventions. In reality, interventions are risky and messy. They can backfire, plain and simple. Before you set the stage for disaster, consider these five don’ts.

1. Don’t Point Fingers And Lay Blame

Saying how you feel works best. Some examples:

  • I am afraid I won’t have money for groceries
  • I am afraid we’ll lose the house
  • I’m terrified you’ll get arrested or die
  • I want to know where you are after 10:00 p.m.
  • I need to have the car to drive

2. Don’t Make Threats You Won’t Keep

Before you intervene, decide which behaviors you can and cannot accept. What will you do the next time unacceptable behavior occurs? Be honest with yourself about your limits. Will you be strong enough to do what you say?

3. Don’t Be Afraid Of Silence In The Intervention

Even though you may feel hurt and betrayed, an intervention is not the time to point fingers and lay blame.  Write your thoughts down before the intervention. Be brief and amazing. A popular recovery tool says to:

“Say what you mean. Mean what you say, and don’t say it mean.”

Practice your speech. Stay calm. Be specific when talking about incidents and issues. Focus on how you feel instead of what they are doing. Then wait. In silence.

Give your loved one time to process what just happened. Then wait some more. If you do not care for their response, consider keeping quiet. Smile if you can.

4. Don’t Give Up

Interventions are hard for everyone involved, and emotions may run high. Sometimes, the best thing you can do is step back and let everyone regroup. The last thing you want and the substance user needs is to feel like everyone is against them. Try to see your loved one as someone else’s child or spouse.

If the intervention doesn’t go as planned or you believe it failed, reconnect with the substance user.  Assure them of your love and support. This doesn’t mean that you have to placate them or tell them you didn’t mean what you said.

5. Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help

A trained professional can help reduce these risks and keep the intervention from going sour. Recovery Guidance lists Recovery Professionals like counselors and interventionists, who specialize in this type of care. You can find resources in your area by clicking on the Recovery Professionals tab and selecting the Intervention Services specialization.

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Be sure to:

  1. Ask about the professional’s credentials and certifications.
  2. Make sure you are both on the same page for the intervention.

Recovery Physicians can also help your family discuss abuse concerns and treatment options.


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