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Ed McDonough • GateHouse Treatment Hope Dealer

As Chief Executive Officer of GateHouse Treatment of New Hampshire, Ed ensures that all staff members remain focused on applying the company’s core principles of compassion, service, and integrity to the early recovery process of their clients. He also oversees the day-to-day operations of GateHouse of New Hampshire, including staff and facility management at the New Hampshire location.

Ed earned his compassionate perspective while walking the difficult road to recovery himself. In 2011, his own life was miraculously saved when he became an alumnus of GateHouse Treatment and launched his personal mission to help others find hope, meaning, and authentic recovery. He carried this passion into a clinical position at the Tewksbury State Hospital Detox, where he honed his skills for helping find sobriety and a more fulfilling life.

It was also while working at the Tewksbury Detox that Ed began to collaborate with his closest friend and GateHouse founder Nathan Irvine to reach even more people who were suffering in the grips of addiction. Together, Ed and Nathan have combined the guidance of the 12-Step Approach with proven clinical methods to establish Gatehouse as one of the leaders in substance abuse treatment.

Today, Ed plays a big role advocating for substance abuse recovery in his community. He dedicates his time to helping those still suffering and making treatment more available to those who need it.

To learn more about Ed’s efforts with his community outreach work, check out Ed’s Outreach Work.

5 Intervention Tips from Ed

Plan ahead

Make sure you choose a location, time, and date. Notify the people you want to be there ahead of time. Write down or think about what you want to say ahead of time, as emotions in the moment might get in the way of you getting across everything you need to say

Stay Positive

Substance abuse, especially a loved one struggling with substance abuse, can be stressful. It can take a toll on the entire family’s health, safety, and sanity. It’s important you stay positive through all these emotions. When it’s your turn to talk to your loved one during the intervention, make sure you are non-judgmental, non-blaming, and not confrontational.

Prepare Yourself Emotionally

Never set expectations for the outcome of your planned intervention. Often, the loved one suffering from substance abuse issues can be erratic, emotional, and not receptive to what you have to say. Make sure those attending know they might have to stay for a while until your loved one is clear headed enough to hear you all out. If you fear physical violence, make sure you and others in the room are safe, and there is nothing that can be used as a weapon in the room.

Know that confronting substance abuse in a family member can be extremely difficult and take a toll on your emotional well being. Seek help for yourself if you find you are struggling after an intervention, whether it goes as planned or not.

Ask For Help

Many times, families are not equipped with the right tools or knowledge to facilitate an intervention on their own. A professional interventionist can relieve a lot of pressure and be a third party not emotionally attached to the situation to provide a clear mediation between parties. An interventionist will be with you from your initial planning of an intervention to when you escort your loved one to a drug rehab.

Choose a Drug Rehab

Before you begin your intervention, make sure you have a drug rehab secured. You will have to do your research, ask questions, and speak with an admissions specialist ahead of time. It will also help to pack a bag for your loved one because departure to the rehab should be soon after the intervention to be most effective.

If you have any questions regarding what to pack, how to secure a bed at a drug rehab, contact an admissions specialist today. They are standing by 24 hours a day to help you with your needs.

Ed In The Community

To check out more on Ed’s Outreach work in his community, check out these helpful links.

New Hampshire Public Radio: Ed McDonough

Ed McDonough on WPTL The Pulse

Ed McDonough and Nashua Safe Stations

Ed talks to BBC about US Heroin Epidemic