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Recovery and addiction - Milestones Recovery Series

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Published on Feb 18, 2012

Selfishness and addiction
Hope - the greatest drug known to mankind

In a new series of video interviews that chronicle leaders and developments in the addiction recovery world presented by Milestones Ranch Malibu Treatment Center, Patrick Wanis PhD interviews Stan McKnight, Interventionist, Certified Addictions Therapist and Admissions Director of The Palms Detox Center in West Palm, Florida, about medical detox for addiction, the significance of sleep and why he is renowned for being able to reach the toughest patient, and help people suffering from addiction to change their perspective. Stan also reveals that addicts are always looking for a loophole about why they shouldn't be getting better and says that the best insurance to prevent a user from relapsing is to help someone else.

Insight: Watch what Stan McKnight (The Hope Dealer) says about the difference between denial and asking for help -- how the ego gets in the way -- and how he was once using alcohol to curb his fears

The Palms Detox - Alcohol & Drug Detox | Medical Detox Center in Florida for Drug and Alcohol Addiction: http://www.thepalmsdetox.com/

Drug and alcohol rehab treatment center -- Milestones Ranch Malibu: http://www.milestonesranch.com/

Patrick: Stan, you've been known, and called, a hope dealer. So tell us about your passion and how you help people.

Stan: I have that moniker called the hope dealer, basically I deliver hope to families and the course of my business being an interventionist and a certified addictions therapist. I deal with families that are in crisis and usually it's because one of the family members has been buying dope. So I changed it from dope dealer to hope dealer, so when they're finished with their dope dealer they can come to the hope dealer.

Patrick: You talked about being an interventionist, so tell us about the center you have, because you have a high end detox center in West Palm, Florida.

Stan: We have a unique facility, The Palms Medical Detox which is part of Good Samaritan Medical Center which is a large hospital in West Palm Beach, Florida and people that come to us are looking for privacy and confidentiality because they are hurting. They've gotten into a situation where their alcoholism has progressed, or their drug addiction has progressed, and they don't know where to turn and they're not only emotionally in pain but they're in physical pain because the physical consequences of the abuse is starting to take hold.

Patrick: What is unique about your place?

Stan: It's unique because it's almost like you're checking into a five star hotel rather than checking into a hospital. We have 24-hour concierge service, the rooms are private, you order from a private menu with lobster tails and filet mignon, whatever you want, at four in the morning, if you want an ice cream cone just hit a button.

Patrick: That's the services. What else is unique about your center?

Stan: Most of the people that come to our detox have not slept for a very long time because of the usage of alcohol or drugs. They need to rest and they don't need to just have a little quick nap, they need a good sleep. We have 24-hour, around the clock nursing care. Our doctors are there to give them medication to make them sleep and have a wonderful sleep.

Patrick: You've also been recognized as the guy to go to when the patient is so tough, he's the toughest patient, no one else can help him. So what is it about you that you can help other people in that way?

Stan: I basically don't sugarcoat anything and I will tell the patient exactly why they feel the way they feel and try to turn them around into looking at things differently. The very first thing I ask a patient is what is the opposite of right? And they always tell me that it's wrong. At which time I tell them, no actually it's left, you're just not looking at it in the proper way. So if we can start thinnking left instead of thinking wrong then maybe we can end up maybe finding you some hope.

Patrick: So you want people to change their perspectives?

Stan: Exactly. I have a new set of glasses that I give each of them and say here, look through these and see if you see it a little bit differently because the way you've been seeing life is why you're here.

Patrick: What is the greatest message, the one single message that you'd want everyone to get who's watching this right now?

Stan: There is help and there is hope and all that you need to do is ask for it and that is the most difficult thing in the world for any human being to do is to reach out and ask for help.

Patrick: Why do you believe it's so hard for people to ask for help?

Stan: I think the disease has a lot to do with it because the disease of addiction talks to you and it tells you that you're okay and you don't have a problem and that you can handle this all by yourself.

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