Gammill became a professional doctor shopper and even underwent unneeded root canals in order to obtain narcotics. She finally started to recover after frantically emailing Dr. Phil one night, and a chain of events were set in motion that eventually allowed her most horrible experiences to become her most prized assets. As a professional interventionist, she's learned many things along the way, such as, 1) spouses cannot get sober alone as a general rule; the whole family has to be involved, 2) two things that deter people from getting well are wealth and youth, and 3) never fight denial; you will not win. An addict will not seek or accept treatment if he doesn't believe he has a problem.
The definition of an addict is much broader than most people realize. With an ever-growing, pharmaceutical abusing middle class, "The Interventionist" is a must read for anyone wanting to understand addiction better. This story exemplifies the Khaled Husseini quote that, "true redemption is when guilt leads to good."
-Bobbi, January 3, 2012