Thursday, May 31, 2012

Should Latin America End the War on Drugs?

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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Donna Chavous of Intervention911: Unethical, Abusive or Both?

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Beware of Drunk Drivers on Memorial Day Weekend | The Partnership

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Why Are People joining "Justice 4 Courtney" at Change.org? Q: Why Aren’t You?

Why People Are Signing
  • i've always been disturbed on lots of levels w/those shows (that one in particular)
  • Addiction Recovery NOT Addiction Entertainment!
  • Mother of two addicts!
  • I am not supporter of this programming. We use the ill and the vulnerable as a something akin to a sideshow in a circus. Their misery and desperation become entertainment for whomever tunes in. The family members of the addicted are paraded about, in all their pain, for enjoyment obtained by viewers. Often, these family members are children.
  • I am signing,beacause i am a recovering Addict and have seen how easy it can be to deceive someone that is desperate to get out of a lifestyle that has heald you captive for most of your adult life.
  • As a recovering addict who have been through court intervention, which by the way was never a threatening, manipulating, or uninformed process, and a recently graduated chemical dependency counselor I am appalled that A & E, let alone any professional would use such deplorable tactics for what seems to be ratings sake. I am signing so that this type of programming is seen as unethical, dangerous, and potentially deadly to the person supposedly being helped.
  • I have a mental illness and work with peers on recovery and fighting stigma. We are traumatized enough with out the help of a network using trauma, lying to the person,saying they will provide the care needed for recovery, all for the sake of ratings. I have never watched the show and most certainly never will

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U.S. Looks to Other Nations for Addiction Treatment Ideas: Kerlikowske | The Partnership

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The True Face of A&E Intervention: From Correspondence to Cover-up




On March 08, 2012, producers for the hit A&E Network television show "Intervention" were contacted by attorney Raymond G. Ferrero III of Florida about concerns he had with their latest episode, "Courtney" that was release on March 05, 2012.

In an email to the producers of the show, Ferrero alleged that Courtney and her family were lied to during the show by interventionist Donna Chavous of Intervention911. More so, he told producers he was informing them of Chavous lie because it was significantly related to her role as an interventionist on the show and had a direct and negative impact on the outcome of the intervention itself. Ferrero alleged Chavous advised the family in a counseling session prior to the intervention that under a Florida law called the "Marchman Act," she had the ability to summon law enforcement at will to arrest Courtney, if she refused treatment on the day of the intervention. Ferrero told producers that his law firm, Addiction Recovery Legal Services, specifically handled Marchman Act litigation in Florida. Not only was Chavous being untruthful to the family during their consultation, Ferrero stated, he also alleged that there was no way Chavous could not have known what she told the family was a lie.

On the day of the intervention, Courtney was immediately threatened with arrest after indicating she would not participate in the intervention or consider treatment. What ensued was a chaotic intervention that ultimately failed under dangerous circumstances. On March 06, 2012, The Huffington Post detailed the intervention in an article with the headline: 'Intervention' Gets Dangerous As Courtney Lashes Out, tries To Escape.

The following is the email exchange between Ferrero and the producers of A&E Intervention. This email exchange detailing Donna Chavous alleged unethical conduct and abuse against Courtney and her family became a crossroads for Intervention producers. The first step down a path to censor the allegations of abuse, quell audience outrage and a cover-up that ultimately would draw the entire A&E Network into question.

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On Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 1:17 PM, RGFIII;fraymond@nova.edu; wrote:

To: emailintervention@gmail.com

Ms. Conway:

My name is Raymond G. Ferrero III, Esq. and I am a Partner with Addiction Recovery Legal Services, LLC of Florida and the Executive Director of Health Affairs for Nova Southeastern University. My law firm handles Florida Marchman Act cases and I have actually provided a Marchman Act seminar to Ken Seely’s interventionists at "Intervention 911". Although, I respect his work, I cannot say the same for Donna Chavous in your latest episode (A&E Intervention: Season 12 Episode 10 "Courtney"). I feel compelled to write to you because Donna Chavous’ behavior was outrageous, inexcusable and dangerous.

I was livid listening to Donna Chavous provide Courtney's family with false legal advice about the Florida Marchman Act. In Florida, such an action by a non-lawyer is a 3 degree felony and punishable for up 5 years in Florida State Prison. Not only was she 100% incorrect on everything she stated about the Florida Marchman Act, but she cast a dark shadow on a law that has been saving lives in Florida for nearly two decades. For over a decade, I have been an advocate and educator on the Florida Marchman Act and in a single episode of your show the country was given a packet of lies – and, nothing more than a blueprint of what "NOT" to do in a Florida Marchman Act case.

I am shocked that a supposed "professional" would act in such a reckless fashion. She did a disservice to Courtney, to Courtney's family as-well-as A&E's national audience. Furthermore, professionally speaking, Donna Chavous behavior was dangerous in this episode. An interventionist should never use empty threats of jail, cursing and/or petty manipulation to aid someone in need of crisis services. More so, by allowing Courtney's friend to chase that poor girl down, she put a 3rd party in danger in the final scene, where the girl is literally hanging off the passenger door of a moving vehicle driven by a known user - indefensible!  Had a tragedy occurred; specifically, Courtney actually overdosing after the debacle and trauma of that failed intervention, the family would have easily been able to seek Civil and Criminal avenues for relief.

I find myself asking: What has A&E Intervention become? Is it now just another Reality TV show that exploits people for shock value and advertising dollars? Terrible...just terrible! Donna Chavous should be ashamed and knows better – don’t think she does not. That was a critically sick girl in crisis. I apologize for this rant, but I am so upset by this lack of professionalism that I can barely think straight.

Respectfully,
Raymond G. Ferrero III, Esq.

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From: Intervention Email
Sent: Thursday, March 08, 2012 4:30 PM
To: RGFIII

Subject: Re: Attn: Executive Producer Colleen Conway

Dear Raymond,

Thank you for contacting us.  I am passing your email to the appropriate department regarding your concerns.  Again, thank you for reaching out to us.

Best,

The INTERVENTION Team

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From: Intervention Email
Sent: Thursday, March 08, 2012 11:08 PM
To: RGFIII

Subject: Subject: Re: Attn: Executive Producer Colleen Conway

Mr. Ferrero,

The executive producers of the show received your letter and appreciate your thoughtful comments. They are very concerned about the integrity of the interventions we conduct and the information we provide to the public.

There is a strict division on "Intervention" between the television professionals and the clinical professionals.  Ms. Chavous is a BRI Level II interventionist (trained at "Intervention 911") and was the ranking clinical professional at the intervention and so, was expected to conduct the intervention with the highest professional standards, and without direction from the show's producers. The executive producers are taking your concerns about Ms. Chavous very seriously and will review her overall conduct with appropriate clinical professionals.

If there are any specific inaccuracies in the language concerning the Marchman Act (in text on screen) in the "COURTNEY" episode (or specific inaccuracies that Ms. Chavous articulated), the executive producers would be grateful for your feedback.

Many thanks,

The Intervention Team


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Sent: Fri 3/9/2012 3:13 PM
From:  RGFIII <fraymond@nova.edu; wrote:
To: emailintervention@gmail.com

To the Producers of A&E Intervention:

Let me begin by thanking you for your prompt response.
To answer your question directly: Yes, every statement Ms. Chavous told Courtney’s family about the Florida Marchman Act in the “Pre-Intervention” segment of Episode 10 was false.  More so, the information was not simply inaccurate or misleading – it was untruthful.  Specifically, when the family asked her if Courtney would be arrested if she did not agree to go to treatment on the day of the intervention.  In response, Ms. Chavous describes what she refers to as a “typical” scenario that would play out in such instances and spoke in such a manner as to suggest she has: (1) seen this happen before, and (2) had been personally involved in such situations in the past (see the dialogue verbatim below). The truth of the matter is that what Ms. Chavous describes to Courtney’s family could never have occurred either in her presence, or, in anyone’s presence under the Florida Marchman Act for that matter. Neither she, nor any law enforcement officer would have the legal authority to allow such a thing to occur under the Florida Marchman Act – ever!

Understand, although the Florida Marchman Act is an “involuntary commitment” statute that allows for a court to "order" a substance impaired individual to enter and comply with treatment, only A COURT can do so and after determining its necessity based on strict rules of evidence:

1. “that there is a reasonable belief that the individual is substance abuse impaired and the individual:

2.  has lost the power of self-control with respect to substance use;

3. has inflicted or is likely to inflict physical harm on him/herself or others unless admitted;

4. the person's judgment is so impaired they are incapable of appreciating the need for care and making a rational decision regarding such care;

5. the person has refused to seek voluntary care.”

It is important to note that the addict is afforded at all times during these court proceedings all rights to “due process” afforded to them by the U.S. Constitution; also, they are afforded additional “Patient Rights” and protection, per Florida Statute and the Florida State Constitution.  Marchman Act courts are about the protection of the public and the addict from harm resulting from chronic substance abuse.  The Marchman Act is not about punishment and incarceration.  The Marchman Act “process” is about introducing consequences in an addict’s life for their decision to continue drug use where none currently exist.  Regardless, the impaired individual at all times is given the right to choose their future path with treatment and the court.  The entire process I will not belabor now, but have attached a guide I wrote for families that illustrates this process.
The following is a word-for-word account of Donna Chavous conversation with Courtney’s family in Episode 10: “The Pre-Intervention” scene:

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Donna Chavous: “Because we are in Florida you have the Marchman Act.”

Donna Chavous: “Allows three family members to sign a petition to get her involuntarily put into rehab.”

Donna Chavous: “If she is not compliant she can be put in jail automatically” [emphasis added].

Courtney’s Grandmother (scared / apprehensive): “If she says “no” tomorrow will she be arrested right then?”

Donna Chavous: “Yes, I will call the cops” [emphasis added].
Courtney’s Grandmother (scared / apprehensive): “I’ve never had the cops outside my home. Do you have the police outside in order to do this?”

Donna Chavous:“Yes[emphasis added].
Courtney’s Grandmother (scared / apprehensive): “Only one?”

Donna Chavous: “Yes, usually only one unless she gets out of hand[emphasis added].

Courtney’s Grandmother (scared / apprehensive)....[scene ends].

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Let’s examine Donna Chavous statements:

Do three family members need to sign a FL Marchman Act Petition to file under the statute? – NO

If Courtney refused treatment on the day of the intervention would she ever be put in jail automatically under the Florida Marchman Act? – NEVER

Could Ms. Chavous simply call the cops and have Courtney arrested under the FL Marchman Act statute, if she refused treatment? – NEVER.

Is law enforcement ever used in Marchman Act Cases as described by Ms. Chavous without first having filed lawful petitions (which are reviewed and signed by a Circuit Court Judge)? - NEVER
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Here is what is so personally offensive about Donna Chavous’ characterization of the Florida Marchman Act in this episode.  First, she acted intentionally; when she spoke to Courtney's grandmother she had knowledge that what she was saying to the family was untrue.  In fact, I am confident that Donna Chavous based upon her statements has never been involved in anything resembling what she purports as true.  Second, by misinforming the family, she violated ethical considerations that exist in the client / interventionist relationship. More so, by making such false claims clearly created unnecessary anxiety for an already traumatized family member(s).  Third, she broke the number one rule of Marchman Act work by threatening Courtney with the Marchman Act at the intervention; fully aware that no legal process was initiated with the court.  Yet, she then aggravates the situation and recklessly allows family members to unwittingly make false threats to Courtney that she would be arrested, if she did not comply with Donna Chavous commands and instruction.  Fourth, the intervention itself was initiated with full knowledge that it would fail, if Courtney refused treatment, because the foundation of the "intervention plan" was based upon a lie and the promise of specific results that could never be realized by Donna Chavous.  Accordingly, the intervention immediately escalated into what I can reasonable describe as chaos with an agitated Courtney fleeing the home within seconds of entry in an emotionally heightened and excited state.

It is essential for you to take the time to recognize the significance of the risk that Donna Chavous created for Courtney based upon her untruths.  Ask her the following question yourself:

Q: What does a IV heroin addict do to alleviate emotional / psychological stress?

A: Shoot more heroin.

Understanding this one realizes Donna Chavous created a situation whereby Courtney was going to go and shoot heroin as soon as possible (and, understanding addictive behavior compounded by confrontation and a high degree of stress) most likely as much heroin as she could get her hands on.  Courtney without a doubt was placed in a dangerous situation, where overdose was not only possible, but probable.  Ironically, the families greatest fear for Courtney - the risk of overdose  - was actually put in motion by the very same person the family believed was sent to save her from overdose.  Fifth, Donna Chavous recklessly instructed Courtney’s sister to go after Courtney after she fled the intervention site (whereby everyone else present - cameras included - followed in pursuit).  Ultimately, this placed the sister in a precarious and dangerous situation culminating with her hanging from the open door of a moving vehicle driven by Courtney's boyfriend (another active heroin addict), who speeds away, like Courtney, in an emotionally heightened state.

In conclusion, let me just express to you the personal offense Donna Chavous' outrageous behavior had upon me as an advocate of the rights of addicts and their families.  A&E Intervention's purported "professional" Donna Chavous instructed a global audience to believe that it is "acceptable and beneficial" to lock up addicts because of their addiction; and, doing so is also supported by both the legal and judicial systems.  Advocates (like myself) have battled for over a hundred years to bring acceptance to the modern public concept of a “disease model” for addiction. A&E Intervention (among others) have helped to increase such public acceptance and should be commended for whatever role they played in bringing this understanding to "the masses" that addiction is a bio-genetically predisposed disease (not unlike any other disease: heart disease, diabetes and/or cancer).  Yet, in an instant, Donna Chavous (whether you brand her actions unintentional, done out of ignorance, or, wantonly reckless) brought a television viewing audience of over 100,000,000 along for a wild ride where Courtney the self declared "Junkie Princess" is an immoral, societal blight, who is best dealt with by locking her away.  That was the lesson A&E Intervention gave the world on March 05, 2012.  More so, that in Florida we enact laws where such arrests are possible.

That is what is so personally offensive to me in this entire ugly situation. The legislative intent of the Florida Marchman Act in the early 90’s was recognize the impact of addiction not only on society as a whole, but the addict themselves.  A law enacted to divert addicts out of jail cells and into treatment beds.  A law that would give law enforcement in Florida a vehicle to assist a fellow citizen in medical crisis without having to charge them with a crime in order to save their life.  Institutionalizing addicts is regarded in our field as an ineffective, antiquated clinical failure and a dark, ugly shadow of our collective history.  Physical restraints and jail cells were a draconian, yet accepted practice well into the late 70's; an approach to treatment that has been proven to be fraught with unthinkable abuses (especially, in instances where substance abusers were minor children, the elderly or physically/mentally infirmed.  Donna Chavous  actions (although exciting for television viewers) ultimately turned back the clock of progress and reinforced a diminishing belief that society does addicts a service by locking them away from normal people. Addicts are not criminals - they are simply sick. And, the Florida Marchman Act was written with this in mind by progressive minds.  Accordingly, the Florida Marchman Act is the most progressive “involuntary commitment” statute of any of the 36 states that have such laws on the books.  This law deserved better and the public deserved better because this law saves lives.

Thank you for taking the time to listen. Please recognize that I bear no ill will toward A&E or any of the producers of this show.  This is simply a subject that I am quite passionate about based on my own personal experiences as a lawyer.  If something like this were going on under my own roof, I would want it brought to my attention as well.

Respectfully,

Raymond G. Ferrero III, J.D.
Executive Director of Intramural Health Affairs

original post at: http://www.marchmanactblog.com/2012/03/intervention-addiction-recovery-legal.html

Monday, May 21, 2012

Addiction Doctors Ask for Treatment, Not More Jail, for Son of Michael Douglas | The Partnership

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Mexican troops capture a top suspect in slayings of 49

Harbor Patrol Finds Nearly 8,000 Pounds Of Marijuana Floating In Ocean « CBS Los Angeles



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Synthetic pot poses serious dangers, experts say

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Friday, May 18, 2012

On drug violence, Mexico must look inward

The marijuana debate, a judge's plea and readers' thoughts

49 headless bodies -- just another crime in Mexico drug war?

WARNING THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE CONTAINS VIDEO THAT IS EXTREMELY GRAPHIC DEPICTING THE CARNAGE OF THE 49 EXECUTED AND DUMPED IN CADEREYTA.

(CNN) -- On Sunday, 49 decapitated bodies were found on a major highway outside Monterrey, Mexico, which is about 80 miles southwest of the U.S. border.

Recovery Advocates to Be Recognized at National Event | The Partnership

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

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Support STOPP NOW and US Senate to Investigate Purdue Pharma









Janet Colbert of STOPP NOW has initiated a letter writing campaign to show support for US Senator Chuck Grassley and Senator Max Baucus investigation of Corporate Drug manufacturer Purdue Pharma. 

JOIN HER:


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Senator:

Thank you! I am overjoyed that you are investigating the drug manufacturers of deadly opioids. I have joined three mothers in Broward County, FL to close pill mills in our county and state. We are Stoppnow (Stop The Organized Pill Pushers). Our goal is to prosecute and jail drug dealing doctors for the massacre of families all across our state (and America) for nothing more than greed.  Mothers from all over the country have written to tell their terrible and tragic story.  We are fighting against the powerful drug companies that place no value on human life and happily supply these unscrupulous doctors with powerful opioids. We hold peaceful protests in front of pain clinics once a month. You might want to come out and meet some of the parents that have lost their children. Why does the DEA continue to approve the tonnage of opoids that can be manufactured?

Investigate them all!

Sincerely,

[your name here]

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Are you an addict under new guidelines?

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mexican official calls cartel violence 'irrational'

Ban A&E Intervention

The following comment was submitted by a treatment provider in the UK, who had never heard of 'A&E Intervention'. Her reaction and perspective on this issues is thought provoking and may be something licensed professionals need to examine and debate as future ethical considerations for their fields of practice. Should licensed professionals ban involvement of clinical practice in 'entertainment' formats. More so, should the treatment and recovery community call on a boycott of products and services that advertise with A&E until Intervention is removed from the air.

This writer say "yes"...


  1. We don't get that programme, or any even approaching it in the exploitation ranks, in the UK, but it seems that the addicts get a chance to go through rehab if they get filmed? i assume that they are all consenting adults, but here in the UK it does not count as consent if the person is under the influence of drugs, sex would be rape, marriage would be invalid, and to film a person for entertainment would be exploitation. the places i have worked have had a blanket policy of no contact between the media and our clients, and as workers we are only allowed to be interviewed or filmed under very specific circumstances, it's hard to believe that in the modern world that anyone would think that programme is ok.

    AP

Repost: A&E ‘Intervention’ Condones Addict Abuse By Donna Chavous of Intervention911 And Silences Audience Outrage

“With each additional day of silence, I truly recognize what is potentially the greatest threat posed by A&E Network to the treatment and recovery community - their indifference.”
- Raymond G. Ferrero III, Esq.

Monday, May 14, 2012

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The Mexico drug war: Bodies for billions

CNN - 49 decapitated bodies found in Mexico

49 headless bodies found near US border, latest mass killing in war among Mexico drug cartels

49 headless bodies found near US border, latest mass killing in war among Mexico drug cartels

Monday, May 7, 2012

A&E ‘Intervention’ Condones Addict Abuse By Donna Chavous of Intervention911 And Silences Audience Outrage



10 Reasons to Use Caution With Pain

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Psychedelic therapy for cancer patients

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Congresswoman: Houston’s death a turning point

Actor says Port St. Lucie arrest aimed at snuffing out hookah lounge

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

REPOST: A&E ‘Intervention’ Condones Addict Abuse By Donna Chavous of Intervention911 And Silences Audience Outrage

“With each additional day of silence, I truly recognize what is potentially the greatest threat posed by A&E Network to the treatment and recovery community - their indifference.”
- Raymond G. Ferrero III, Esq.


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