I wanted to let you know how grateful we all are. You saved our sister’s life. We didn’t know how bad [our sister’s] drinking problem was until last November when she went into an alcoholic coma. Her liver failed, her kidneys failed, one lung collapsed, and she had ammonia on brain. No one said a word on the four-hour drive to say, good-bye. The Lord heard our prayers and miraculously she came out of her coma. Then, after two months in physical rehabilitation, she came home in February. When she relapsed in May, everybody knew we had to do something quickly. Her body couldn’t handle a near-death trauma again. We had no experience in rescuing an alcoholic. But we learned quickly. We clocked hundreds of hours online and on the phone researching interventionists and alcohol treatment centers. We spoke with nine different rehabilitation facilities, and four interventionists. We got good advice, we got bad advice, and we got some deceptive advice too. The clock was ticking and at midnight, 72 hours before our targeted intervention date, everything collapsed when we learned that our original interventionist was less than truthful about the rehabilitation facility where he planned to bring [our sister]. In desperation, at one o’clock in the morning, I asked the family, “What’s the best alcohol recovery program in the country?” “Betty Ford,” everyone agreed. We called the Betty Ford Center at ten-after-one in the morning. The counselor manning the phone was kind, empathetic, offered lots of advice— and she gave us your phone number. Two days later you came across the country with a plan to rescue [our sister]. On the night before the intervention, you conducted a rehearsal so everyone knew what to expect— and how to handle those things we didn’t expect, like blocking her car in the driveway so she couldn’t drive away. You helped formulate a simple goal that we could embrace— get [our sister] into a car of her own free will and get her off to the airport. During the actual intervention, we confronted Ingrid with love, respect, and a gift of life. Despite her belligerence, love and compassion won the day and [our sister] was in the car and off to the airport with you within an hour. I’ll never forget all of her exhausted relatives and friends standing in [her] driveway watching her drive off with you. Then, spontaneously breaking into a huge round of applause. You would think we had landed [our sister] on the moon. Today, I’m happy to report that [she] has been in treatment for 30 days. She’s promised to give treatment a chance and stay the full 90 days. She calls home every night to tell her three young children that she loves them— and that she’s 'learning how to become a better mommy.' Your friend
I wanted to write and thank you for the successful intervention with my father...The only regret I have is waiting so long to get help...It's great to have him back.
The intervention we had…was one of the hardest and most heart breaking things we have ever had to do. Our whole family felt this way. However, we are so very grateful to you for coming to help us. You did a wonderful job and we appreciate all you did so much. We could not have done the intervention without you. We have never been involved in an intervention, but from what we have read, and what you have told us, I guess ours was typical. Anyway you got [him] to [treatment] and we want to thank you…Thank you for all of your wise counsel and help.
As I look back over this year and count my blessing for Thanksgiving I think often of you and what you did for [my son] and our family….none of this would have happened had it not been for you. This family knew nothing about interventions and we all found that Sunday to be gut wrenching, With the passage of time, we can look back on the whole experience and be thankful…..So with heartfelt thanks and gratefulness I thank you John.
I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping us with [our family member]. We are so grateful for having your wisdom & support. What a wonderful gift your obstacles that you have overcome are to families like ours.