Inspiring stories from the frontlines of the battle against addiction by Dr. Phil's leading interventionist and recovering addict Joani Gammill.
"Exuding the same passion and purpose as the author herself, Joani Gammill's The Interventionist is a heartfelt game changer and long overdue. You deserve to read it." --Dr. Phil McGraw, host of CBS's nationally syndicated show "Dr. Phil"
Joani Gammill, an average suburban mom on the outside, was secretly addicted to multiple forms of opiates and amphetamine for years, and almost died as a result. Through the life-changing intervention staged by Dr. Phil on his show, Gammill not only committed to getting help for her addiction, but she also went on to become a professional interventionist, helping thousands of others in distress.
In The Interventionist, she intertwines her experiences with depictions of her often harrowing and always inspiring interventions of the addicts and families she's worked with over the years. In each chapter she recounts details of a client's unique battle with addiction and the devastation that led to a loved one's request for her help.
Gammill's intriguing story--and the equally captivating stories of the brave people who come to her for help--demonstrates how it is possible to emerge from the seemingly hopeless world of out-of-control drug use and not only regain one's sanity, but actually discover that life clean and sober can be more meaningful than it ever was before.
"Addiction trumps everything. Even love of my children," confesses Gammill in this incredible story of salvation. A registered nurse and mother of two from Maryland, Gammill transforms from an out-of-control drug addict to an "interventionist" who has helped eight women and one man take their first steps toward sobriety. Gammill tells their harrowing, stories, and her own, in this memoir of success, failure, and redemption. Gammill credits her own life-saving step toward recovery to self-help guru Dr. Phil McGraw, who responded to her written plea for help with a long, painful stint in rehab and a gig on his TV show. While she tells the stories of others, like CJ, a woman who consumes almost anything that is mind-altering, but remains determined to fight an addiction that "came "to kill, steal and destroy," it is Gammill's unsettling story that best illustrates the one enduring truth about a sickness that can alter both a person's life and personality: the recognition that even in the throes of the disease, an addict is far more than the addiction. These tales should inspire and challenge addicts as well as their caregivers and families.