CNMDAI, CNDAI, CNRRS, CRC, CCH
Paul is skilled and highly successful in the field of interventions. His credentials include Nationally Certified Master Interventionist, Certified Recovery Coach, Relapse Recovery Specialist and Certified K9 Handler. On March 20, 2017 Paul reached another milestone in his personal recovery, celebrating 30 years free from alcohol and drugs.
Paul has had an incredible life that left him broke and homeless when he entered treatment in 1987 at the age of 23. As he explains, addiction is the only war that anyone needs to surrender to win, because it is nothing more than a self-made hell hole. Paul understands firsthand how his actions and desires were destructive when mingled with drugs and alcohol. Paul’s situation became so desperate he realized he needed to make a choice: did he want to live or die. Paul chose to live. Paul took what he learned in treatment and entered a 12-step recovery problem.
Paul retired from the government after serving 22 years and moved to south Florida, where you can find him walking the beach talking to others about recovery or at a coffee house or in the comforts of his own home where Paul and his wife Bella live with Yogi. Paul is known for his toughness as well as his compassion, and he is not afraid to walk into any situation in order to help someone in need.
Paul continues to hop on a plane or drive where he needs to go when he is called to do interventions. He has helped people from all walks of life, from executives, professional athletes, health care professionals, as well as law enforcement personnel and even teenagers all across the country. His passion and dedication for helping people have resulted in thousands seeking detox and treatment over 25 years of working in the field.
Paul knew he could do more and having once owned a treatment center and recovery house he knew there was a greater need. Paul decided to take 6 months off to decide what direction he wanted to go. His wife and he were brainstorming for months after seeing so many people dying from this national epidemic. Bella realized Paul was needed at the ground level, and he could best use his talents there. From that point on all of the pieces started to fall into place.
While he was contemplating what to do, Paul was in the process of getting a German shepherd puppy. As a dog lover, Paul wanted to add a puppy to his family. Paul and Bella’s daughter Chellsea lent a hand. Chellsea is part of Capital K9 Association, a nonprofit based in New Jersey, and she was able to locate Yogi.
Often when someone battling addiction decides to enter rehab or treatment, they leave drugs hidden. When they complete their program and return home the odds of relapse are great due to their hidden stash. Having owned treatment centers and worked in various centers across the country, Paul understands the benefit of removing drugs and paraphernalia. He came to realize how he and Bella with Yogi’s help could help people at the ground level.
Paul and Yogi completed their training and became certified at International K9 College. Paul believes the service that Drug Sweeper will provide will not only save lives but also help secure drug-free environments everywhere. As Paul says, “We find what is invisible.”
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Drug Sweeper is a K-9 drug detection service. Our drug detections dogs are highly trained and certified. Therefore, they are able to locate a variety of street drugs. Narcotics detection dogs are also able to locate prescription medications. Our dogs alert their handlers by sitting down whenever they find drugs.
Addiction can be fatal. The drug epidemic is growing every day. Detection and intervention are pivotal in helping a loved one overcome their addiction. Drug Sweeper combines years of experience and specialized services to help addicts and their families move forward towards a life of recovery and sobriety.