Brad Lamm, a board registered interventionist, is no stranger to the emotional pain and physical agony of substance abuse and addiction. A former drinker, smoker, overeater, and drug abuser, Brad received a wake-up call at the age of 36 when three worried friends approached him with their concerns about his reckless lifestyle.
His intervention worked: He attended a 30-day rehabilitation program and has maintained sobriety for eight years. Since his recovery, Brad has made it his mission to provide others with the interventions they need to conquer addiction and improve their lives.
The author of three self-help books, Brad makes regular interventionist appearances on the Dr. Oz show, where he helps others effect positive changes in their lives. Brad Lamm is also the founder and CEO of Change Institute, an organization to help people lose weight and quit smoking. He is the creator and producer of "Addicted to Food", a new series on the Oprah Winfrey Network. One of his most recent campaigns, "Just 10 Lbs", helps people achieve their fitness and weight loss goals by encouraging them to lose just 10 pounds at a time.
The son of a Quaker minister, Brad grew up in Eugene, Oregon, the youngest of four brothers in a loving, happy home. He describes himself as a "nice person from a decent, middle class family" who fell prey to numerous vices and addictions as a youngster. By the age of 15, he drank heavily and abused drugs regularly, including crystal meth.
Through his adolescence he struggled with depression, bulimia, and poor body image. His weight fluctuated and his addictions snowballed as he repeatedly tried (and failed) to find the balance and control he so desperately needed in his life.
Early Education and Career
A born leader, Brad secured the role of high school class president in spite of his struggles with substances and self esteem. He went on to the University of California in Los Angeles where, in addition to his other bad habits, he developed a cocaine addiction. Upon graduation, Brad became a TV news anchorman by day and a 12-drink-a-day alcoholic by night.
Although his TV career flourished for a while, his late-night, party-hearty lifestyle ultimately caught up with him. When his news anchorman contract was not renewed, he left TV to pursue a new career in business.
The Storm Before the Calm
In 2001, Lamm and a friend opened up two successful nightclubs. Though business was going well, the nightclub scene only exacerbated Brad's destructive problems with substance abuse. Three concerned friends urged him to seek treatment, and he did.
After 30 days of rehab, Brad quit the nightclub business and moved on to his next venture: helping people overcome addiction through intervention.
Deeply moved by the way intervention had helped save his life, Brad spent a year studying under the professional interventionist who had helped him in rehab. Soon after that, he met his mentor, Dr. Judith Landau, a family therapist in Colorado.
Brad studied "invitational intervention" with Landau and went on to develop his own method of psychosocial intervention which he calls "Invitation2Change".
Weight Loss Expert
Through adolescence and young adulthood, Brad struggled with weight and self esteem issues, including depression, binge-eating, and bulimia. Inspired by his own eating struggles, he created and produced "Addicted to Food", a new series on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Earlier this year, he toured the twenty fattest U.S. cities aboard the "Just 10 Train". To promote his weight loss program, "Just Lose 10", Brad visited individuals' homes and gave free "Food Makeovers" to help them adopt a healthier lifestyle.
He is the author of the book "JUST 10 Lbs: Easy Steps to Weighing What You Want (Finally)", and founder of the Just 10 Lbs website.
In 2008, Lamm founded the Change Institute. Partnering with his brother Scott, who also struggled with weight issues. Brad provides individuals with structured, healthy behavioral plans for weight loss and smoking cessation, as well as the emotional rehabilitation necessary to permanently overcome these issues.
The Change Institute also offers free, weekly virtual meetings in which anyone can participate.
Web and Media Presence
In addition to his work with the Change Institute, his appearances on the Dr. Oz show, his involvement with Oprah Winfrey Network series "Addicted to Food", and his three self-help books, Brad has a strong presence on the Internet and writes regularly for DrOz.com and Oprah.com.
He has made guest appearances on "The Today Show" and "Good Morning America", and continues to reach out to the American public in numerous ways as an addiction interventionist.
The goal of my interventions is to get the one you love into rehab, or take whatever first steps are required to overcome the addiction issues that have you brought you to this website. I hope reading about my personal experience with addiction, as well as my qualifications as an Interventionist, will confirm that you are at the right place for change to begin.
I have bent over backwards to create multiple options to help any person in your situation. The best way to find the right method for you to proceed is to Contact Us and let me advise you of your next steps.