Kevin and David Lee
Experience is often the best teacher. Kevin and David Lee say that’s true when it comes to the nationwide companies they run—Intervention Services & Technologies Inc. and Sober Solutions, based in Lowell.
The brothers’ expertise in the fields of addiction intervention, treatment and recovery is now internationally recognized. Yet, it was their personal experiences with David’s own decade-long drug addiction and his cycle of repeated treatment and relapse that has made Kevin and David Lee not only credible, but successful. The entire Lee family’s eventual shift in how they reacted to David’s addictions has also shaped the brothers’ drive to educate families about how to be part of the change that’s needed so those addicted to drugs and alcohol can successfully make the journey into sobriety.
“I’m a recovering drug addict and alcoholic,” David Lee says unblinkingly. “Getting me to agree to treatment was easy. I was in over 20 rehab treatment programs.” But, it wasn’t until his family stopped allowing him to manipulate them, that David says, the message of sobriety finally got through to him.
Raised in a middle class home in Griffith by caring and loving parents, the two brothers went down very different paths. Both were students in the Griffith public schools and excelled at their studies and in extracurricular activities.
Kevin chose to go to college and study both teaching and psychology. He got married and he and his wife, Amy, are raising three children—two daughters, 12-year old Taylor and 4-year old Addison, and son Joey, 11. On the other hand, by age 18, David had been getting drunk for three years and smoked marijuana regularly. At age 19, he tried LSD for the first time. Cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines followed.
Kevin and David Lee
Intervention Services & Technologies Inc.
and Sober Solutions
416 East Commercial Avenue, Lowell
219.695.0291 or 877.478.4621
He was arrested several times for drug possession and stole money from family members to support his habits. “I was a train wreck,” David says. Embarrassed and alarmed by their son’s actions, the family repeatedly convinced him to seek therapy. However, he says, he went into treatment each time for all the wrong reasons.
Kevin completed his bachelor of science degree in psychology at the same time David was finishing up what would be his final rehab program. During that treatment program, David was asked to do interventions with addicts because he understood them. He founded Intervention Services & Technologies in 2004 to continue that work. Kevin says he found that concept interesting and joined the fledgling company. Together they have created a company that is so successful that they and their staff travel throughout North America and to such places as Japan and Guatemala to do interventions and educate families.
David says about 90 percent of the interventions they do result in the addicts agreeing to go into a treatment program. And the brothers provide free interventions for those who don’t have the financial resources.
Sober Solutions grew out of a need to provide a resource “to those who don’t really know what to do,” Kevin says. Available through the Internet, Sober Solutions supplies information for families with addicted members.
The brothers each bring their own specialization to the interventions. “David understands the addict and I understand the family dynamic,” Kevin says.
“The changes need to begin with the family. It’s not just about talking. It’s about helping change the family to stop the enabling, stop the manipulations and to set healthy boundaries.”
David agrees. “My family had to change. I saw it as they turned their backs on me. Of course, my perception was biased.”
Kevin says their business is all about saving lives.
“When we save the life of one addict, we save 10 lives,” he says. “It’s giving life back to families, and it spreads. We change generations to come.”