When an intervention is necessary

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When an intervention is necessary

So an intervention is necessary when everybody’s life has become unmanageable. You have loved ones running around trying to control someone who’s experiencing either a mental health disorder or a substance abuse disorder. You know that they have, when someone calls me, they’re in crisis. They have nagged, pleaded, controlled, begged, threatened. I’m going to take this away. I’m going to take that away. They have gone back on their word. And their loved one is doing exactly the behaviors that are leading them into very unhealthy ways. If we talk about, for example, substance abuse disorders we find that with young teens they’re failing out of school; they’re not showing up; they’re staying out late; parents don’t know where they are; they’ve taken money out of mom or dad’s purse; or they’ve driven while they’re under the influence their brothers or sisters; they’ve lied, cheated, or stolen. And parents will call because they’re exasperated. We’ve done everything possible. We don’t know what to do. And that’s when someone really calls you. With a mental health disorder it may be that someone hasn’t left their home for maybe 2 months. They are frightened. They are scared. They may be hoarding materials around. If it’s a parent, they may be unable to go to a grocery store, buy groceries, comb that beautiful teenage daughter’s hair. They’re not able to function. And a loved one is going to call because they’ve tried everything else and now they’re at their wit’s end and they need professional help.

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Louise Stanger, Ed.D, LCSW, BRI-II, CIP

Director All About Interventions

Louise Stanger received her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Pittsburgh, her Masters in Social Work from San Diego State College and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of San Diego. 

Dr. Stanger has over thirty years experience as a college professor, researcher and licensed clinician working with families and  individuals who experience substance abuse and mental health disorders. She serves as the Director of All About Interventions and as President of The Sydney D Holland Foundation. She has been performing Collaborative Interventions with families since 1980.  She  continues to explore the efficacy of treatment strategies such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral, Solution Focused Coaching, Family Systems and 12 Step Facilitation.

Louise is  a MINT Trainer of Trainers and  currently teaches at San Diego State University Interwork Institute Human Behavior, Theories of Counseling and Solution Focused Counseling .She previously served as a professor at SDSU School of Social Work and the Director of Alcohol and Other Drug services at the University of San Diego.  She is a catastrophic loss counselor and had the privilege of working with the New York Fire Department and widows of 9-11.

Most recently she has  served as a consultant to the Indie Film Documentary , "Behind The Orange Curtain", which explores the increased misuse of  prescription drugs and young adult deaths in Orange County. Also she is the author of a chapter, "Interventions are not Made For TV"  in the textbook, Interventions: Opposing Viewpoints published by Cengage Learning, 2012.

Louise has conducted extensive research on the effects of alcohol and other drugs on college age students. She has published scholarly articles and public health handbooks that support harm reduction strategies and environmental management systems. She has been the principal investigator/ project director and /or co-investigator of over 15 grants, which focus on collegiate substance abuse, six of which totaled over four  million dollars from the United States Department of Education and the National Institute of Health- National Institute of Alcohol Abuse  And Alcoholism . Findings have been published in The Journal of Alcohol Studies and elsewhere.

Louise has been the recipient of state and local awards.  She was twice named the Outstanding Undergraduate Faculty,  San Diego State University’s Faculty Homecoming Dedicatee, and recipient of San Diego County’s Outstanding Educator Award. The San Diego Business Journal recognized her as one of the “TOP Women Who Mean Business”.

 Louise is grateful and loves the energy and collaborative spirit shown by the professional  recovery community in their goals to reduce the harm associated with substance abuse. With tireless energy she continues to contribute to the field through clinical interventions, family recovery coaching, training and research.

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