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The Interventionist Whose Own Front Door was Broken

Written by Kelly Lynne Harris on Monday, 17 December 2012. Posted in Breaking News, Treatment

Family Intervention

By Kelly Lynne Harris

So, after just posting an article that I wrote a few years ago “Intervention: Don’t Try this at Home,” I thought it was important that I share my recent story. I am an Interventionist, who recently had a really bad relapse.

I had seven years sober, and was flying all over the country doing interventions, when I realized too late that I had stopped working my own program. I can only speak for myself, but while working in recovery, I confused helping others with helping myself. I stopped going to as many meetings, and stopped working my steps.

By neglecting my program, I ended up staring down a bottle of vodka and a 12 pack of beer daily. Every time I drank, I hated myself. I knew it was wrong and it went against everything I stood for, but I just couldn’t stop. I stopped working and barely left the house.

No matter how many people who cared about me begged, pleaded, rationalized, threatened, etc., I just wouldn’t listen. My own family and friends DID intervene. I taught my family and friends, for years, how to help the addicts and alcoholics in their life. I taught them to set boundaries and use tough love.

I realized, in September, how much life had come full circle. My loved ones used my own words…ON ME! Was I furious? Yes. Humiliated? Oh yes!

Today, I am sober and VERY lucky to be alive. I am here today because of the amazing people in my life, who loved me enough to NOT co-sign my crap for another second. My disease takes me to a very suicidal, dark, dangerous, and sad place. I do not want to die. I know now, that no matter what I do for a living, I can’t ever stop working a program. I simply will not make it.

I love doing interventions, and I truly feel like it is what I was put on this planet to do. I know, in my heart, that I will intervene again when the time is right.

This is a program of rigorous honesty, so I am going to do a weekly column/blog called “Diary of an Interventionist.” I want to share my journey with you.

I know as long as I work a program, work with a sponsor, and go to meetings, I will have a life beyond my wildest imagination!

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About the Author

Kelly Lynne Harris

Kelly Lynne Harris

Kelly Lynne Harris is a Nationally Certified Interventionist who maintains a 98% success. Based in Laguna Hills, California, she works throughout North America. She has facilitated more than 400 interventions and is currently the top female interventionist for the A&E web site's National Intervention Referral.

Ms. Harris earned her Psychology degree at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After a seven-year battle with alcohol, depression, and prescription drugs, she entered drug and alcohol treatment in Southern California. Embracing her recovery, she recognized that she had been given a second chance at life. She went on to earn certifications as a Child/ Family Crisis Therapist, a Dual Diagnosis Clinician, and a Nationally Certified Drug and Alcohol Interventionist. Today, she helps families across the country give their loved ones a second chance. If you have a loved one addicted to drugs or alcohol, call Kelly Lynne today and GIVE THEM THEIR LIFE BACK! Please contact Kelly Lynne Harris of 411 Intervention @ 1(800) 657-1913 or email

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