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Love First: A New Approach to Intervention for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction
by Jeff Jay and Debra Jay
(Halzelden Foundation: Center City, MN) [254 pages]
[Answer 14 of 20 questions correctly to receive
9 hours of Continuing Education credit]


What Science Has Learned About the Genetics of Addiction (p 14-18)
1. Which of the following CAUSES alcoholism?
a. the desire to have fun
b. the desire to relieve stress
c. the desire to reduce inhibitions
d. genetic inheritance
Eleven Misconceptions about Chemical Dependency (p 19-22)

2. Which is TRUE?
a. An alcoholic or addict must be ready for help before he can be helped.
b. If you never miss a day of work, you are not an alcoholic.
c. It is not when or how much someone drinks, but what happens when they drink that determines if they have an addiction.
d. Addiction is the lack of willpower.
What Are the “Rewards” of Enabling? (p 36-39)

3. If your spouse is an alcoholic, the best solution to managing your pain is
a. separation.
b. retaliation.
c. separate bedrooms.
d. detachment.
Am I Seeing the Addict as a Bad Person, or as a Sick Person? (p 43-46)

4. An alcoholic
a. can be cured.
b. continues to drink even after repeatedly experiencing negative consequences.
c. can go back to drinking as a nonalcoholic after treatment is over.
d. is a moral failure.
Using the Power of the Group (p 47-50)

5. Group interventions are highly effective because
a. alcoholics are skillful manipulators who can easily dodge one-on-one confrontations.
b. family and friends tell the alcoholic how much he or she is loved.
c. family and friends explain how the alcoholic’s addiction has affected their lives.
d. all of the above.
A Few Things to Consider Before Picking Up the Phone (p 57-59)

6. Only one of the following is qualified to be on an intervention team. Who is it?
a. A very close friend who is currently chemically dependent.
b. Someone who would tell the alcoholic ahead of time about the upcoming intervention.
c. A relative who lives too far away to attend the intervention but writes a letter instead.
d. A relative who is strongly disliked by the alcoholic.
Involving Doctors other Other Professionals (p 60-63)

7. Alcohol addiction
a. is a primary disease.
b. can be caused by depression.
c. is a symptom of something else.
d. can be treated with Valium.
Involving the Workplace (p 64-67)

8. If an alcoholic says, “I can’t go to treatment because I’ll lose my job”, a good response to this is:
a. The American Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against people seeking help for chemical dependency.
b. It’s more cost effective for a company to help an employee they have already trained than to fire him and re-train someone else.
c. Addiction is a problem most companies face and many company policies provide medical leave for chemical dependency treatment.
d. all of the above.
Choosing a Date and Time (p 86-88) and Choosing a Place (p 89-91)

9. Which of the following would be the best time and place for an intervention?
a. in the morning at the home of the addict’s best friend.
b. during an important family celebration.
c. in the evening at the addict’s home.
d. in the evening at a restaurant.
Choosing Inpatient over Outpatient Treatment (p 97-100) and Finding Low-Cost or No-Cost Treatment (p 101-104)

10. A person who has had multiple treatments for alcoholism and who is unable to stay sober
a. should not continue going to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. They’re not helping this person.
b. should contact the Father Martin’s Ashley treatment center in Maryland.
c. will not be able to find a treatment center without insurance coverage.
d. should attend Alcoholic Anonymous meetings with family members.
Writing a Letter to Your Addicted Loved One (p 105-110)

11. Which sentence should NOT appear in an intervention letter?
a. “I was angry when you stayed out all night.”
b. “I can’t imagine what life would be like without you.”
c. “I hate you for what you have done to our family.”
d. “Will you please accept the help we are offering to you today?”
Your Bottom Line (p 117-120)

12. The Halzelden Foundation did a 25-year study comparing the successful recovery rates between people who came into treatment on their own and people who were ordered into treatment by the courts. The conclusion was:
a. People who volunteered for treatment had higher success rates.
b. People who were ordered into treatment had a higher relapse rate.
c. The success rates were virtually the same for both groups.
d. People who paid more for their treatment had higher success rates.
Listing Possible Objections and Your Answers (p 123-127)

13. During an intervention, the alcoholic says, “I’m not going to treatment because I don’t think I have a problem.” Which of the following responses by the chairperson is most likely to produce a power struggle?
a. “We’ve learned that people with alcohol problems are the last to know they have a problem.”
b. “I think you would agree with me when I say that none of us would choose to do this unless we truly believed alcohol is causing problems in your life.”
c. “We’re not asking you to determine if you have a problem. We’re asking you to get a professional assessment.”
d. “Your drinking makes you lose objectivity. It also makes you blind, stubborn, and argumentative, so your opinion doesn’t matter.”
Rehearsing the Intervention (p 128-132)

14. The person to whom the alcoholic will have the most difficulty saying “No” should
a. read his or her letter last.
b. read his or her letter in the middle.
c. write a letter on behalf of the group instead of in the first person.
d. be allowed to express more anger than the others.
Notes for the Chairperson (p 136-139)

15. After all the letters have been read, if the alcoholic refuses treatment,
a. everyone should express their disappointment.
b. everyone should get up and silently leave as a powerful demonstration against the alcoholic’s foolish decision.
c. everyone should sever ties with the alcoholic.
d. everyone should read their bottom lines.
Intervening on an Adolescent (p 142-145)

16. When young people wait until 21 or 22 to drink alcohol, their risk of developing alcoholism is
a. 10%.
b. 24%.
c. 30%.
d. 40%.
Intervening on Someone More than Fifty-Five Years Old (p 146-151)

17. The authors tell the story of a 72-year-old grandmother in very poor health who
a. responded positively to being called an “alcoholic”.
b. went snorkeling, hiking, and traveling after her recovery.
c. did not mix mood-altering drugs and alcohol.
d. was not allowed to drink by her family who said, “She’s old. Let her drink. It’s the one thing she enjoys.”
A Different Ending (p 162-167)

18. After Greg refused treatment,
a. his sister (Kate) said she would call the police if she saw him drinking and driving.
b. his best friend (Ken) said that Greg could not be around his children any more.
c. his wife (Janet) asked him to find another place to live.
d. All of the above.
Understanding What Goes On During Treatment (p 179-184)

19. In a typical treatment center, recovery happens primarily through
a. one-on-one counseling sessions.
b. group sessions.
c. intervention letters.
d. personal time for meditation, prayer, and readings.
Your First Al-Anon Meeting (p 191-194)

20. At an Al-Anon meeting,
a. members learn how to detach from the alcoholic’s problems.
b. all the members give each other advice.
c. everyone is expected to say something.
d. religious affiliation is promoted since most meetings are held in churches.