Marranda's Drug Addiction Intervention Video

Marranda, 13, has type-1 diabetes and is addicted to drugs. Certified addiction specialist and founder and president of ACTION Family Counseling Cary Quashen stages an intervention for Marranda and takes her to a rehab program.
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Marranda's Drug Addiction Intervention Dr. Travis Stork: She could be your neighborhood baby sitter, the high school cheerleader or the quiet student in the back of the classroom, the face of drugs is not always easy to identify. For Marranda she’s barely 13 and it’s already dealt with tough medical issues including Type 1 diabetes, but that’s not all she’s dealing with. Cary Quashen: We’re here at Marranda’s house right now, she’s just 13 and she’s so young and she’s engage in such high risk behavior for any age. Linda: I'm Linda. I'm Marranda’s mother. I'm very concerned that you know she’s smoking, drinking. Cary Quashen: The thing she’s doing can kill her and to boot she’s got diabetes. So we are here today to do an intervention and get this kid some help. Marranda, mom why don’t you her that I were here? Female: Well, last night, around 11, you were smoking and today your blood sugar was off the score and the Friday night. Carry Quashen: What happened? Marranda: On the night I get drunk and then I have to go to hospital, I think I went to like a diabetic shock. Cary Quashen: Do you know what alcohol turns into when you drink it? Marranda: Sure, I wasn’t scared when I thought I went to diabetic shock. I didn’t care. Carry Quashen: How long have you been using drugs? Marranda: Last year. Carry Quashen: So about a year? Marranda: Yeah. Carry Quashen: I know that we talked a little bit, our bio of death what happened? Marranda: One, my dad’s dead? Carry Quashen: How did he die? Marranda: A drug overdose. Carry Quashen: For so many that live a short life as you did, you sure dealt with a lot of crap that nobody should have to deal with it. Normally we do is, we’re going to help you pack up right now. Got it? Marranda: Today? Carry Quashen: Oh yeah. Marranda: I don’t want to go. Carry Quashen: I know, I know. Marranda: I don’t want the stupid camera in here. Get it out of here. No, I don’t want to go. No, I’m not going. Carry Quashen: Oh, you're going. There's no choice. Linda: It’s just very hard for me to do, I could hardly breathe so. Goodluck. I know you can do it okay. Dr. Travis Stork: Marranda has now been in treatment at Action Family Counseling for two weeks and was really put to the test with her counselor and her mother. Carry Quashen: Let me ask you a question, do you know why you’re here for real and do you really why you're here? Marranda: For using-- I started experimenting with drugs and alcohol for about December. Linda: My biggest scare happened two weeks ago Friday night, she was you know just very intoxicated and we were really worried. Carry Quashen: People ask for help and all kinds of different ways, especially youngsters, they don’t come out and say help me please. What they do is they disappear for weekends, they get drunk. They end up in trouble. My guess is you’ve been asking for help for quite a long time if you know it or not. You caused a lot of pain in the house with mom. There’s been a lot of pain? Marranda: Yeah. Carry Quashen: I’m sorry to help. Do you know where they hook and just stay there, and just hug her and stay there. Just stay and don’t let go. How do you feel about your mama? Marranda: I love her with a heart. Carry Quashen: I know you do. Linda: What are your tears about right now? Carry Quashen: I want you to say this after me, my name is Marranda. Marranda: What I hope to get out of this is giving myself self respect. My name is Marranda. Carry Quashen: I'm a special and beautiful person. Marranda: Because sometimes I speak to down on my self and that was special and beautiful face-- Carry Quashen: I want to enlist all the love that I am getting. Marranda: I give myself less credit that I shouldn’t given. I have more -- love that I’m giving. I want a better way to look in myself.

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