Intervention: Help your loved one defeat addiction

An intervention is on purpose process by which change is initiated in thoughts, feelings and behaviors.


The story of Cristy; A documentary by Intervention Canada

Intervention Canada is a documentary series that looks around the real life of an addict. The current episode is hosted by WillingWays channel, a channel where you can also find many other educational videos covering various aspects of life. The episode specifically focuses on how the life of an addict is at stake and simultaneously how it affects the family. These episodes have the most dramatic moments that brings above the fact indicating the difference between life and death. The ultimate goal of the intervention was to convince the person to accept addiction treatment.

Willing ways is proud to be a pioneer in the country known for training families on conducting successful interventions. If you are interested in Intervention training please click on the contact details. We are proud at providing the international standard trainings not only in Pakistan but the modern technology has made it possible to reach across the boarders as well.

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This documentary on addiction describes the story of a 24 year old girl, Cristy, who is an alcohol and meth addict. Cristy has been addicted to crystal meth for 10 years. She drinks and takes drugs for three days straight without any sleep as reported by her father. She claims when she is under the influence, she feels as if she is possessed by the devil. When Cristy was 9, her parents separated. She was devastated and her mother reported that “something snapped in her”. Cristy tried crystal meth at the age of 14. By 16, she was using meth three to four times a week. Her behavior started to change and became quite noticeable when she was in the tenth grade. At 18, her mother reported that everything spiraled out of control. At 23, Cristy received two DUIs, and lost her car, driver’s license and her sales job. She started working as a stripper. Finally, her family decided to seek help and sought the assistance of an interventionist. Her family explained to her that if she would not go to the facility for treatment, they would send her to jail. Therefore she gives in and agrees to go. She is flown to the Behavioural Health of the Palm Beaches facility. Thirty days into treatment, Cristy became so disruptive that the facility tells her to obey the rules or leave. She chooses to leave treatment and return home. Cristy’s family decided to have her arrested if she did not complete her treatment but she still refused to go. The judge offered Cristy the choice of two-year treatment or 90 days in jail. She chose jail. She relapsed six weeks after her release from jail. She is currently living with her grandfather and is still using meth and drinking.

To read in Urdu about what intervention is please click انٹروینشن۔۔۔ جب وہ مانتا نہیں

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Dr. Sadaqat Ali , a graduate from Dow Medical College, Karachi is a renowned professional in the field of addiction psychiatry. He has a background of getting trained at “HAZELDEN” and “Vital Smarts”, USA. Dr. Sadaqat Ali is the Project Director of Willing Ways Pakistan, and Sadaqat Clinic (pvt.) Limited. He is a sought after speaker who promotes new scientific solutions for persistent and profound problems. Dr. Sadaqat’s name was included in the international Who’s Who directory of professionals which was the first ever distinction of any Pakistani doctor. The print and electronic media have interviewed him extensively. He appears frequently on national TV channels expressing his views on drug addiction, alcoholism, compulsive gambling, suicide prevention and home runaways. He loves to train people on how to intervene if a family member indulges in self-destructive behaviors. He is running a number of national facilities. Willing ways for outdoor and Sadaqat Clinic for indoor treatment of addiction and alcoholism.

Following are some of Dr Sadaqat Ali’s TV appearances:

Willing Ways Pakistan is an accredited center of excellence in the field of drug treatment and counseling. We have a history, while we started our operations in 1979 when Pakistan was suddenly hard hit by heroin epidemic. We bravely took the responsibility of making public aware that addiction is very much treatable at any stage and today we stand proud being the trusted leaders in the field of addiction treatment. We have our clientele not only in Pakistan but across the borders as well including UK, USA, Middle East and Europe.

At Willing Ways Pakistan the clients are treated scientifically – the secret of our long lasting standing in the field of addiction and counseling. We keep our team and our program up to date with the latest advancements while helping our clients through extensive, specialized and client centered treatment program. These programs are not only patient focused but an extensive work is done with family through what we call counseling for change. The major purpose of this program is to bring peace and serenity in the lives of those who have been suffering in silence, because of a family member’s addictive behavior. We equip families with a set of vital behaviors to produce results.

The programs are uniquely tailored to meet the needs of the patient which eventually help them reach their ultimate goal of a serene life. Our organization comprises of a highly competent team that holds striking credentials and is not only well trained but also carries extensive know – how. We are a unique team of clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, Addiction counselors and Medical specialists involved in research and education, and who collaborate with each other within the institute to ensure our clients receive the best possible care.

We are leading the battle to conquer the disease in all of its forms through cutting-edge research and innovative approaches. Our mission is to prevent, treat and manage addiction for a world free of this illness and its complications.