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When Arlene Rosen, founder of the original Michael's House Treatment Center for Men, lost her only son, Michael, to drug addiction, she sought relief from her grief through seeking knowledge on how to help addicts and their families. "As a parent, I knew about the social stigma attached to drug addiction. I had learned about available rehab centers and about support groups and 12-step meetings. But how to get a loved one to utilize this help was still a question. As a family, we had gotten Michael into treatment, but he wouldn't stay as long as he needed to or follow his aftercare plans."

Michael Alan Rosen had everything to live for: he was born to a privileged family, was handsome, talented and well-liked. After graduating from Beverly Hills High, he attended college and was voted class president in his sophomore year. By his senior year he had become a professional race car driver.

"I believe there is a lot of fear in the racing world," said Ms. Rosen, "and the drugs, of course, can cover up those feelings."

At the age of 25, Michael Rosen was found dead in his hotel room in the Fiji Islands. He had stopped off there on his way to New Zealand, which was a favorite race site. Recently out of a drug treatment program and not wanting his girlfriend to see him relapse, he had locked her out of their room and then overdosed.

In memory of her son, Rosen started the nonprofit Michael Alan Rosen Foundation, through which she opened Michael's House - the Treatment Center for Men. For 18 years she ran this addiction treatment program for chemically dependent and dually diagnosed men from all walks of life. Ms. Rosen wanted to provide a program to help men learn to live in recovery. She realized this dream and was able to help hundreds of men and their families.

Ben Seymour, co-founder of Intervention 180, was one of those men. "I owe my life to Arlene Rosen and her determination to help dually diagnosed men," said Mr. Seymour, who eventually went on to work at Michael's House for several years. "Ben was one of our most popular case managers," said Ms. Rosen. "Families loved working with him. We wish him only the best in his continued dedication to help addicts and their families through intervention."

"If I had known about interventions when Michael was alive, I would have definitely sought that help. It's hard to talk about one's child or a relative being an addict," Rosen said. "I can't stress enough the importance of intervening before it is too late. People had told me that Michael would die from his drug use, but I didn't really believe it. So many families need permission to act in spite of their fear. Help is available. Getting a loved one into treatment is not something that a family has to do alone. Professional interventionists can lead the family through the process and make for a more favorable treatment outcome and save a life in the process."

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