It is important to focus on changing the self-destructive behavior of the addict; it is also important to realize why they are addicted to drugs. The drug that they crave is powerful, yes, but do family members realize just how powerful -- and why it is powerful?
Why does the addict need the drug?
The natural chemicals that these drugs effectively replace are called endorphins. They are responsible for the connection people feel when they experience love.
When this connection is disrupted, usually through violence or trauma, the hurt person becomes vulnerable to addiction. Blaming people for medicating their own pain makes the addiction worse.
Addicts tend to recover for the same reason that other people do not become addicted in the first place: Strong connections with loving and non-abusive people.
No one in their right mind would choose a life of addiction. We need to create opportunities for addicts to recover by building an environment of sanity in which they may enjoy choosing to return!
Behavior Intervention Strategies
The template for a Behavior Intervention is very simple. We meet with the family members of the addict, and we perform an assessment of the best location in which to meet. Then, the addict is invited to attend the Cognitive Behavior Intervention. During the event, the family members read statements that they have prepared to the addict. This is a wake-up call for the addict, who will then discover that they must interact with a group of people who want to remain connected with them.
We understand that addiction disconnects the addict from their loved ones, so we definitely advocate early-stage Behavior Intervention whenever possible. The stronger the connection -- the stronger the love -- the higher the chances of success in rescuing the person, this human being in pain, from the pitiless grip of addiction.
Although the formula is the same, the exact details do vary greatly, depending on the circumstances. I invite you to learn more about all of our Behavior Intervention programs.
Because a Behavior Interventionist is also in a constant state of learning, this is an opportunity for everyone involved to become more understanding of the ways that we can work as a team to overwhelm the addict with an actual choice. Remember, addictions do not develop in isolation, so they cannot be resolved by one individual alone. As a matter of fact, isolation is like diesel fuel to an addiction.
When we plan Behavior Intervention Strategies, we are not just talking about the addict. We also address the environment that surrounds and supports the addiction. By refusing to isolate the addict, we essentially throw them a lifeline. However, they must also hold on to their end of the rope. In a nutshell, a Behavior Intervention Plan is the coordinated attempt to rescue a human overboard who has fallen into the predator-filled ocean that we call "addiction."
Behavior Intervention Plan
For this rescue operation to succeed, we really need the family members to stay focused. Some family members and friends of the addict are open to the notion that they can contribute just as heavily to the addiction as they can to the addict's recovery. Yes, it is not a pleasant reality, but that is exactly why the services of the Behavior Interventionist are so critical.
We often hear from people who feel victimized by the addict's behavior, but who also tend to think that it is only a matter of the addict changing on their own. However, this would be like telling the addict to just swim to the ship! No, we need to throw them a line. If they don't "get it," we need to throw the line again and again -- and again!
Intervention Behavior Approach
Although behavior change is the final outcome -- the addict does change their behavior under the right conditions -- it is also a team project with shared responsibilities. The change is likely to be short-term if the participation level is low or superficial. The change is only long-term when the connection to other humans is secured with skillfully cultivated loving speech and acts. The family members get a lot of loving to do.
One of the most important responsibilities performed by the family members is learning about addiction as much as possible. This way, their ideas about addiction can be shaped by current medical knowledge as well as the voices of their own Recovery.
We have multiple rescue plans available to meet the needs of as many families in crisis as possible. They vary in length and location, and some are offered online! Please contact us now for more detailed information on planning your Behavior Intervention Strategies.
A sudden change of behavior, as a result of drugs or any type of addiction, could be reason to consider having a Behavior Intervention. Often times, the "misbehavior" of the loved one is a cry for help, and a clue to hidden cause for an addiction.
The goal of any Behavior Intervention Plan is to combine the power of family love and caring, the reason you are probably here, with an experienced and knowledgeable Interventionist that can help the loved one realize where they are and where they are heading. This is normally done by invitation, and is the first step towards a successful recovery.
"Brad Lamm's step-by-step approach empowers familes to change their loved ones through compassionate
and continued support."
-Dr. Mehmet Oz
Dr. Oz Show
As a registered Behavioral Interventionist, I founded the Change Institute to provide a template of Recovery for all who need it.
Even after authoring three books on helping people to create positive change, I am still constantly learning about the other side of addiction:
By helping others, together we can articulate a more full and vibrant chorus of Recovery:
Recovery is beautiful. There is no doubt about it. I want everyone who reads these pages to understand as much about Recovery as they do about addiction. Recovery is beautiful and deserves to live a long and healthy life.
As beautiful as it is, however, I am convinced that it will do little good to sugar-coat the difficulties on the road of Recovery. It is not an easy walk, but I am not here to tell you that it will be easy. I am here to tell you that it will be worth it.
After many years in the field, I have observed that different Behavior Intervention Strategies naturally get different results. The more successful strategies are the ones in which the addict's family and friends do a lot of preparation before the Behavior Intervention occurs.
Please consider my Behavior Intervention Plan as a powerful growth opportunity for everyone touched by addiction and not just for the addict!
“My son had a great sense of humor when he was little. For some reason, at about age 12, that all disappeared. I was scared because I didn't hardly recognize him.
Everything about him changed. His hair, his clothes, even the way he smiled, which became less and less often.
The hardest thing for me to do the Intervention was that he kept using my Christian faith to drive a wedge between our conversation and his drug problem. When we did the Intervention, we had to use a Buddhist's friend's house so he would even agree to go. Apparently, he liked the energy and said it helped him to focus.
Now, looking back I can see that he really was trying but didn't know how to express himself constructively."