Jim Savage, LCDC

Substance abuse services:

* Counselor

* Author

* Speaker

* Treatment Consultant

Specializing in teens, young adults and parent support

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(214) 789-8456

COVID-19 UPDATE: All counseling sessions and support groups are currently being provided through telehealth services. This provides an effective option in light of current social restrictions. We realize that many families may be in the middle of facing a substance use crisis and that a substance use disorder doesn't take a break for the virus. If you feel uncertain about how to proceed at this time, please don't hesitate to call to discuss options.


Extensive experience in the addiction field, a passion for helping others and finding ways to improve treatment efforts, and a uniquely creative approach make Jim Savage a sought after presenter at conferences and seminars.

Treating a drug problem??

"Of course we want success!"

"What's your success rate?" This is one of the first questions family members ask when considering treatment for a loved one. What they may not realize is that treatment success should be regarded as an interactive process in which the family members have much more to do with it than is generally realized.

Jim Savage specializes in working with families and helping them learn how to provide effective support that ultimately leads to greater treatment success for their loved ones. This workshop provides an overview of the tools Jim uses to engage families and maximize the potential this represents for improving treatment outcomes when working together with the client and the clinical team.

Becoming an "educated consumer."

It coud be said that a leading cause of treatment failure can be attributed to "user error." Many clinicians are all-too-familiar with the common scenario in which clients don't follow through with treatment plans and recommendations. Many don't utilize the services they are paying for to the fullest extent and their chances for treatment success are compromised. In many cases, family members are much less informed about about what the client is learning and what goes into establishing a solid foundation for recovery.

It follows that the more the family understands what the treatment process, i.e. becoming an "educated consumer", the better they are abe to support their loved one and provide accountability, which can impact treatment outcomes dramatically. Jim breaks this down into three main areas:

1. Understanding the treatment process. Jim advises family members to become "students of addiction treatment" and learn as much as they can about everyting the client should be learning through their treatment:

* Stages of Change: Moving too quickly through the stages results in a shaky foundation for recovery.

* Relapse Prevention: Understanding the addict's vulnerability to triggers, and what kind of lifestyle changes should be made to avoid potential pitfalls.

2. 12-Step Recovery (social support): Peer-based support is often recommended as part of the plan for ongoing care for the client and family members. However, the 12-Step recovery world can represent a daunting learning curve for family members. They hear their loved one talking about AA or NA, are encouraged to attend Al-Anon, and are encouraged to "work their own program." The reality is by the time the client is discharged it is not uncommon for family members to still be confused about the difference between AA, NA, and Al-Anon, and are not clear about what they can be doing to work their own recovery program.

3. Family systems and codependency. Family recovery begins with recognizing how the addiction impacts the family system and the power the system holds with regard to influencing positive change.

* Understanding Al-Anon and learning how to use it effectively.

* Family Recovery: The value of each family member doing his or her "own work."


A Motivational Approach to Prevention and Intervention


The Secret Ingredient to Treatment Success

From the heart...

Perhaps one of the most popular—and dramatic—aspects of this workshop is the way Jim demonstrates the power of experiential modalities for bringing us out of our head and into our hearts. Performing specific songs from his musical The Journey , Jim shows how he uses these in treatment to evoke an emotional response when doing work around family issues.

Family Recovery

The Secret Ingredient to Treatment Success

The basis of this workshop is a compelling presentation of material from Rehab Works!, A Parent's Guide to Drug Treatment, Jim Savage's book about improving treatment effectiveness through greater family engagement. In addition, Jim's captivating use of musical performance and storytelling as a way of reinforcing the material provides a unique experiential component that makes this a workshop you won't want to miss.


Little Girls and Boys

Here's a sample of the music Jim performs for addressing family issues. From his recovery musical The Journey.

(click in lower right of video for full-screen).

The 8-second lecture on codependency

Family member's lives begin to revolve around the addict—whose life is revolving around use of the chemical.