My name is Robert “Bobby” Newman. After going from a strong, moral upbringing in Southern Oklahoma to a drug-related downfall that had me facing federal prison, I understand what those who are addicted feel and think. That’s what enables me to cut through the resistance and manipulative tactics of an addicted person and help them choose life and recovery.
In the seventeen years since I completed a long-term rehabilitation program, I have educated more than a hundred thousand youth on the dangers of drug abuse and helped hundreds of people find rehabilitation. Now, my focus is on doing interventions that turn situations from tragic to hopeful. When I walk into a room full of family who have asked for help, I know exactly how to cut through the emotion and confusion and establish ground rules to make the intervention a success. A successful intervention is so much about preparation. I’ll work with the family to ensure they have chosen a good rehab and cut off all avenues of evasion so their loved one has only one choice ahead of them — start rehab right now.
Running an intervention means controlling the entire situation, especially the message given to the addicted person and the emotional responses of the family. One family member who caves to the verbal abuse or demands of the addicted individual can derail the success of the whole intervention.
When I arrive, I have only one intention and that is getting that person in the doors of an effective rehab facility. My clear intention resonates with the family and gives them a boost in confidence and strength. Finally, they feel like this is going to happen, they are going to be able to save this person they love — this person they have feared they were going to lose.
My Early Years
Those early days saw me drinking in high school, then descending into drugs and criminal activities in college. My arrest on an Oklahoma army base was the beginning of the end of my addiction. I was offered the chance to go to rehab instead of federal prison and still, I resisted this solution. I told my family I could handle it on my own. A short time later, an overdose and car wreck finally convinced me that I had no choice but to accept help. My stay at a long-term rehab was the start of a whole new life.
Before I finally decided to go to rehab, I was hard-headed just like the people I work with on these interventions. Knowing just how they feel enables me to relate to them and explain what lies ahead for them if they don’t get help.
Since then, I have turned my experience into expertise that has been the answer to the hopes of hundreds of families. I have completed hundreds of hours of training and have been certified as an Intervention Professional through the State of Pennsylvania, and as a Substance Abuse Counselor by the State of Hawaii. I am also a Certified Drug Prevention Professional.
You don’t have to go through the stress and struggle of trying to save a resistant loved one all by yourself. When addiction is destroying someone you love, call me for help.