Tad and Tami Stringam are a husband and wife intervention team. Together they own and operate Awaken Interventions. Their ability to connect with suffering souls during their darkest hours is nothing short of miraculous. They realize the word intervention conjures up a mental picture in many people’s minds of a surprise meeting with scripted letters, threats, and scary ultimatums. The mission of Awaken Intervention is to rebuild the lines of communication within the family unit that always seem to erode in the process of addiction. Tami and Tad can help you and your family come to a better understanding of a situation that appears to be hopeless. Battling addiction will be your loved ones fight of their life. Don’t let them fight alone. There is a way to love them through it without getting trampled. Love is real. The rest is smoke and mirrors. Call Tami and Tad directly at 866-96-SOBER and begin your family’s journey towards healing today.
Understanding the pain. Having walked through it ourselves on both sides of addiction we can confidently represent that people and families do heal and change.
What’s your favorite thing about your job?
Witnessing the glimmer of light that begins to shine in the dark hollow eyes of someone suffering and knowing the seed has been planted and hope is burning inside.
What would you say to families going through the process of intervention with a loved one?
There are no words to describe what families go through while watching their loved one destroy themselves. We have a deep knowledge and understanding of what trauma is and how it affects our daily lives. On the surface, addiction and self defeating behavior doesn't make any sense, however, when you understand the trauma, it explains the behavior. During our intervention process we will help both the family and their suffering loved one bring some calmness and clarity to a chaotic situation.
What’s your daily routine?
Morning meditation to center ourselves. Some type of physical activity, hopefully out in nature. We love spending time with our family, kids and animals, dogs, cats, goats and birds. We value the importance of purposeful gardening of mind, body and soul so we listen to cool, upbeat music, don't watch the news, we give and get love freely and we are Audible freaks. Day and night. The 4 Agreements, As a Man Thinketh, The Power of Now and many more transformational books like it are part of our daily. And we help. However and whenever we can.
What do you do to stay energized during the day?
We practice present moment awareness and live gratitude and love and happiness rather than labels for this crazy journey we're on. And coffee.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
Camping, gardening, and paddle boarding. Tami is a world class chef. Once a fine Italian restaurant owner she is very passionate about cooking.
If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?
Costa Rica or Belize.
If you were stranded on a desert island and you could only take three books with you, what would you choose?
The Alchemist by Paul Coelho, 7 Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra, and the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tsu.
How do you know when someone is “getting it” in the intervention process?
The eyes. They are the portals to the soul.
What advice do you have for people who are entering treatment today?
Be patient with yourself. Be kind to yourself. You have been blessed with the opportunity to be in a safe place as you embark on your incredible journey from your head to your heart. No more running from your demons. Your problems are big. And scary. But the light within you is fireproof. Remember that. This is a blessing. And you're deserving of it. Go get your life back.
What advice do you have for people who are struggling to maintain recovery?
Start helping others. It will reveal our oneness to you. Quit identifying so much with the crazy voice in your head. Past and future "trippin" rob the body of valuable energy. Meditate. Practice becoming aware of your senses rather than having all of your consciousness absorbed by incessant thinking. Most importantly, get out there and live! Go on adventures, take risks, love hard, meet rad, likeminded people.....and come on our next camp/surf trip with us. Cures everything. You are the only you this world will ever see. An original by design. And you have a message to deliver. What's your message?
How have you been inspired by people in recovery?
In so many ways. People in recovery have wisdom scars. These scars are linked to our souls and allow us to somehow see deeper into the open wounds of others. The miraculous stories of triumph are literally endless. We did some trauma work with a guy whose son had died in his arms just a few months back. He had already battled alcoholism before this event. He sometimes held his boys basketball on his lap during our time together. It was life changing to be in his presence. The light we received from the depths of that mans being during such a vulnerable, raw time in his life cannot be translated by words. That's the beauty of recovery.
Favorite quote/best advice you’ve ever received?
We must be the change we wish to see in the world.