Family and Friends Held a Surprise Intervention to Convince Eamon O’Hara to Attend Rehab
MALIBU, Calif., March 28, 2008
On Dec. 1, 2007, Eamon O’Hara’s family gathered with four
recovering drug addicts in his boyhood home to prepare for a surprise
intervention. On that day there was a single goal: to get Eamon to
agree to go to rehabilitation.
The 22-year-old was once an honor roll student and star athlete whose
life had spiraled into a drunken mess of legal, financial and familial
problems. Most recently, a drunken car accident had left him with a
face full of glass, but even that was not enough of a wake-up call for
him to stop binging on an average of 40 beers, seven nights a week.
The intervention worked, and Eamon agreed to give
rehab a chance. He flew to the Marshak Clinic in Malibu, Calif. During
the Marshak Clinic’s 28-day detox and educational rehabilitation
program, Eamon was introduced to a low glycemic diet augmented by supplements and intense yoga sessions.
He is now living and working in Villa Malibu’s Club Soba, a sober living facility.
These are Eamon’s thoughts after 118 days of sobriety.
I could not have asked for a more rewarding experience than I have
encountered during my sobriety, thus far. The obstacles I have already
overcome in such a short period of time are things that I truly
believed impossible during my lifetime. At first I was reluctant to
commit to such a life-changing experience. I had never ventured down a
road like this before; I stood face to face with the fear of the
unknown. After all, the reason for my excessive drinking and drug use
was because I wasn’t willing to face reality, and was afraid of the
possible grim future that seemed to becoming surreal.
life just wasn’t coming together the way I had hoped. Instead of taking
actions to fix the problem I had created, I took the easier way out. I
chose to numb my feelings with the use of chemicals in an attempt to
feel instant gratification and satisfaction for the way I was living.
The Dec. 1 intervention was a most shocking experience; perhaps
one of the most memorable events to take place in my life. Whoever
thought that a kid growing up in a middle-class town, with a loving
supportive family, and a strong athletic and academic background, would
need an intervention at 22 years old because his life had become so
unmanageable due to drug and alcohol abuse? Not me!
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