Youth Drug Interventions Done Right

Teens & young adults who struggle with addiction have special challenges but, when handled correctly, interventions can lead even the most extreme cases to the path of recovery.

Anyone who has ever had to watch an out-of-control youth struggling with drug addiction has known the helpless despair that many parents feel nationwide.   Such teens often behave in bewildering ways—including deception, theft, outbursts of rage, and reckless self-endangerment.   Here are some key statistics from the 2013 CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance relating to teen addiction:

  • The United States represents 5% of the world’s population and 75% of prescription drugs taken. 60% of teens who abuse prescription drugs get them free from friends and relatives.
  • Nationwide, 23.4% of students had used marijuana one or more times during the 30 days before the survey (i.e., current marijuana use) (Table 51).
  • Nationwide, 5.5% of students had used any form of cocaine (e.g., powder, crack,*** or freebase†††) one or more times during their life (i.e., ever used cocaine) (Table 53).
  • During the 12 months before the survey, 29.9% of students nationwide had felt so sad or hopeless almost every day for 2 or more weeks in a row that they stopped doing some usual activities (Table 23)
  • Nationwide, 8.0% of students had attempted suicide one or more times during the 12 months before the survey (Table 27)

Youth who struggle with drug addictions are extremely vulnerable to suffer from long-term psychological and chemical effects.  The brains of adolescents, teens, and young adults are constantly developing and their limbic system—the part of the brain which controls decision-making—is still being formed.  The hallmark of addiction is a weakening of dopamine transmitters which decimates limbic system functionality.  As the limbic system of youths are dramatically underdeveloped compared their older counterparts, their brains could potentially face permanent stagnation and maladaptation resulting in chronically poor decision-making for decades.  Also, the teens & young adults struggling with addiction tend to exhibit more reckless and unpredictable behavior due to the extra punch of hormonal flux.

It the goal of interventionists everywhere to get youths to face the symptoms of their addictions quickly and decisively.  Given that the stakes are incredibly high for self-harm or criminal activity; it is important that an interventionist team take a strong stance when outlining the problem.  Teens are often evasive, restless, and unwilling to listen.  Strong means can be undertaken to get the teen to realize the impact of their destructive behavior. Most people think that for an intervention to be successful, individuals must be in a calm environment and in a cognizant state of mind.  At Universal Crisis Intervention (U.C.I.) we perform drug extractions to rescue teens from drug houses and the control of negative parties (ie: friends, gangs, or enablers).   Our experienced team is well-versed in the proper techniques to safely extract teens out of a chaotic environment so that an effective intervention can be conducted.

When coming face-to-face with teens, it is always best to provide tangible evidence of their addictive symptoms.  Photographs, videos, and sound recordings help the addicted individuals contextualize the scope of their problem and acknowledge the reality of their condition.  Family and loved-ones may be brought in to reinforce how their behavior is leading to destruction.  It is imperative that the individual comes to grip with the severity of their addiction and that they be presented with a viable treatment alternative.  At U.C.I., our interventionists are knowledgeable about the various forms of treatment options across the nation and would recommend a solution that is most appropriate for the needs of young people.

Drug addiction is a harrowing experience for people of all ages but we at Universal Crisis Intervention (U.C.I.) believe there is a way out even in the most extreme situations.  Our compassionate, effective, and experienced interventionists are committed to seeing individuals through the recovery process. The dangers of teen drug addiction are high but hopelessness does not need to be the standard point of view.  U.C.I. will keep hope alive.

If you know a teen struggling with drug addiction, do not delay & contact Universal Crisis Intervention (U.C.I.)

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We can help

We at Universal Crisis Intervention (U.C.I.) Extreme Intervention will meet the urgent needs of any family, loved one, co-worker, or friend through therapeutic intervention, treatment consultation and rehabilitation referral. UCI provides our expert services to an incredibly wide spectrum of locations.  We have hubs in CA, AZ, NM, CO, TX & NY.

Global Experience

You have to be ready at a moment’s notice when it comes to interventions. That’s why my team and I offer a rapid-response to every corner of the United States and Europe.

Why Choose Us

We have perfected our technique and are ready to be at your door at a moment’s notice.


We understand how powerless it feels to see a loved one lost drug addictions or destructive relationships. Universal Crisis Intervention knows that struggling with an addiction can be a tumultuous struggle. We are here to assure you that recovery is possible and that freedom CAN BE YOURS.


Despite what it looks like, recovery is possible. Our clinical methods help those suffering from addiction and trauma on the road to recovery.

Here’s a list of our services:

Drug Addiction Intervention

Evan “Bullet” James, is one of the most successful and respected drug interventionists in the world.

Teen Transport

U.C.I team leaders work with families to transition them through all the details of the transport. 

Teen & Young Adult Wake Up Call

Intervention and transport is typically part of the service provided. Guardians can also transport teen to holding facility.

Teen Runaway location

Having your son or daughter go missing is a nightmare than no parent wants to face. Fortunately UCI has the experience and knowledge to help with this crisis.

Teen Intervention

He has handled thousands of cases both here and abroad and brings to the table close to twenty years of experience in the field of drug intervention and rehabilitation placement.

Alcohol Addiction Intervention

U.C.I team leaders work with families to transition them through all the details of the transport. The parent has access to help 24 hours a day…

Legal Advocacy Services

Sober Companion Services

Executive Services

Executive Protection Services

Domestic Abuse Extraction

Sex Trafficking Intervention

Missing Person Location

Behavioural Problems Intervention

Prescription Drug Addiction Intervention

Youth Gang Intervention

Internet Addiction Intervention

Gambling Addiction Intervention

Self Injury Intervention

Eating Disorders Intervention

Codependency Intervention

Sex Addiction Intervention

Rehabilitation Counseling & Services

Meet Our Team

We are particularly experienced with handling cases in the New York area where we have uniquely trained extreme intervention team members

Intervention expert Evan “Bullet” James on the A&E TV series “The Extractors”
A&E Network’s The Extractors is a bold daring new series that follows a team of extreme crisis drug interventionists as they search, locate, intervene & transport troubled & addicted teens and young adults to rehab.
Renew Everyday interviews Evan “Bullet” James, the Extractor. Click here to read interview.
The Extractors are on TV! by Brandi Dawson

Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequent questions and answers
If your loved one is missing, keeping companionship with a criminal element, living on the streets, or on the verge of imprisonment or death, we can facilitate a unique, individualized, leveraged intervention catered to your loved one’s dire situation.
An intervention is a strategically planned and executed action in which a positive change is applied to a person whose thoughts and behaviors have become detrimental to themselves and those around them.

Most professionals who have studied interventions, or implement them, tend to agree that Vernon Johnson first defined a necessity for intervention technique in the early 1960s. He thought family could unite and convince an addictive drinker to accept help for his ailment. Rev. Johnson, a pioneer in compassionate chemical dependency treatment wrote the 1973 milestone “I’ll Quit Tomorrow” as the blueprint for the various forms of interventions and their use then and today involving not only addictions to alcohol but also drugs, gambling, sex, self abusive behavior, eating disorders, violent rage, and more recently computers.

The decades since Johnson’s studies have produced many variations on his themes and professionals now meet a wide range of environments and issues. The ground zero is no longer just a personal and family dimension it extends to the workplace and involves the boardrooms of Corporate American, the military, the media, all forms of celebrity from sports to movie and television stars, even the medical profession has doctors and nurses surrounded by their addictions as a part of their daily job description. ‘Executive Interventions’ are often instigated in companywide programs designed to define and solve problems with all workers and thus increase the strengths and resources of the worker and thus the corporation.

Intervention as a common remedial action has increased simply as more and more people hear about its practical ability and its updated application to a wider range of addictive circumstances. These occasions and circumstances have created a professional interventionist service industry working everywhere from the company boardroom to the darker societies of the inner city and everywhere in between.

No, it is not true. Most victims of behavioral disorders or addictions do not think they have any kind of problem at all. If you ask them if they have a problem or address them as an addict they will deny it. You might find the occasional partial admission: – “Everyone gets angry now and again”, “Everyone has a few too many drinks once in a while”, and “Most people experiment with drugs in their lifetime,” their life habits are no different than everyone else in their mind.

Something has to happen in their lives to make them want to accept help.

Intervention is the first step in a sequence of events that can mend their soul and change and restore their lives.

It isn’t how someone gets into treatment so much as what happens once they are in treatment. Intervention is more an enabling action directed towards treatment. Ultimately the final decision to enter the road to wellness is decided upon by the person with the problem(s). Speaking from experience we can help with decisions aimed to make all concerned feel comforted about the actions needed and the time necessary to make a person well again.

As with any service industry the Professional Interventionist has a reputation built on experience.

Education, a contemporary understanding of the wide range of today’s behavioral problems, human compassion, and client and patient trust are all ingredient to your selection of the correct Interventionist.

Your comfort level in understanding and trusting what you learn about this type of professional care-provider is important as these qualifications and talents should be easily recognizable as what you need in assisting your loved one to the care and treatment they need.

Find out how long they have been in the business and what educational background, formal training and working experience they have had since entering the field. Similar cases and how their plans were actually carried out should be volunteered as well as their outcome.
Make sure they have had ample and recent experience with your type of circumstance.

Feel content that your questions are answered fully and to your complete understanding.
Find comfort and confidence that they have the knowledge, compassion, discipline and strength to carry out what they define as the best route to facilitate the treatment of your loved one. Their experience will assist you in gauging the urgency of your situation, the path it should follow and the degree of safety it will entail.

A professional interventionist not only knows how to construct and enable an intervention he/she also knows the best facility for rehabilitation relative to the patient’s condition and needs. A professional knows how to get a candidate there effectively and safely. Recent experience in similar interventions is a valuable asset to the professional and thus the client. Constant research on clinics and facilities, knowing their success ratios and current availability for new patients is part of their service. As complex and stressful as these situations are you do not have to go through it alone.
The goal of an intervention is to get your loved one into treatment as soon as possible. The first step involves conducting a confidential meeting either in person, or over the phone with an individual’s concerned family members and/or loved ones to gain valuable insight into the individual’s unique circumstances, history of addiction, etc., assess whether an intervention is necessary, and the possible treatment options available. Appropriate treatment facilities are then contacted, and arrangements are made in advance, so that upon conclusion of the intervention the individual can be immediately escorted to the appropriate treatment facility. An individualized intervention plan is then developed and executed, upon which our highly experienced team confronts the individual, encourages the individual to seek treatment, and escorts the individual to the appropriate treatment facility.
After an intervention our team typically helps refer and escort an individual into an appropriate treatment facility where they can get the type of help they need to take the first step toward a happier, healthier life.
Each person is unique. Therefore, every intervention is unique. Our team of professionals cater each intervention to an individual’s unique circumstances.
The goal of an intervention is to encourage the individual to agree to accept help and proceed to relieve their suffering and the suffering of their family and friends.

Extreme Intervention is an internationally respected organization and part of that reputation comes from being fairly priced within a professional and competitive service industry.

Airline tickets, car rentals, accommodations and other such costs can be quickly calculated even for last minute situations. Rates for Interventionists will be established based upon the circumstances of the intervention, transportation or missing person investigation. Please contact us for additional details.