Brad Lamm, 2014
Brad Lamm is an American interventionist, educator and author of How to Help the One You Love: A New Way to Intervene (2010), which details the theory and practice of a system of psychosocial intervention he designed and named "Break Free Intervention", which trains, and then utilizes, the friends and family of the identified loved one as an ongoing support group or "circle of change". Lamm is also the author of Just 10 Lbs: Easy Steps to Weighing What You Want (Finally) (2011), a self-help book on the diet-obsessed public's "need to feed" and compulsive overeating in the face of the obesity epidemic.
Early life and education
Lamm was born in in 1966 in Wenatchee, Washington, the youngest of four brothers. His father was a minister and he grew up in a religious home. The family moved to Eugene, Oregon in 1968, where he attended public school until the middle of his sophomore year at Winston Churchill High School. In 1982 the family moved to Yorba Linda, California, where his father became Senior Pastor of Yorba Linda Friends Church, the largest Friends Church in the nation. Lamm attended Whittier Christian High School, the University of California, Los Angeles and Pennsylvania State University, and is an ordained interfaith minister.
After college, Lamm lived in Kamakura, Japan for over a year before settling in New York, where he worked producing television news programs and writing music. Dubbed the "once reigning king of the late night party scene", he wrote for and hosted the syndicated entertainment TV show Party Talk, seen in New York, Los Angeles and other large US markets. In 1994, he relocated to work as a weatherman in Boise, Idaho and then Washington, D.C., where he worked as a network television weather anchor, working while abusing both drugs and alcohol. Lamm opened nightclubs in Washington, D.C. and Denver in 2001, but entered a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program in February 2003. His subjective experiences of his own rehabilitation, combined with his acquaintanceship with the work of Boulder, Colorado psychiatrist Judith Landau to convince him of the efficacy of the family-centered process in helping addicts overcome addiction.
Lamm has asserted that substance abusers with strong familial and social support systems are five times as likely to succeed in their goal of sobriety as persons lacking support. He calls this supportive system a "firewall". Lamm is a member of Mehmet Oz’s "Experts" panel and has presented to the UK-European Symposium on Addictive Disorders and to Parliament. Lamm also speaks and works on issues of food and obesity with individuals and organizations. With the consent of the addict, Lamm's program works with family members, co-workers, partners, employers and friends to develop and implement a plan of change and a recovery model. He conducts trainings and workshops in his method of Lifestyle Intervention. He is a proponent of the notion that, for the person with a serious problem, loving peer groups and family members are vitally important for effective personal change.
In 2011, Lamm created and produced the eight part docu-series "Addicted to Food" for the Oprah Winfrey Network. His book on lifestyle intervention relating to one's "need to feed" and food addiction, Just 10 Lbs: Easy Steps to Weighing What You Want (Finally) was published along with the accompanying workbook. Also in 2011, what began as a wellness program for Walmart employees, became the most successful commercial stop-smoking campaign of all time: "Blueprint to Quit", sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline and available exclusively at Walmart. Lamm's "Blueprint to Quit" focusses on the need for community support in addition to the necessity of a proper detox from nicotine.
Breathe Life Healing Centers
In 2013, Lamm opened his own addiction treatment operation called Breathe Life Healing Centers. His first Breathe Life, opened in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of New York City, and features a "flexible, sliding scale-style approach to payment". Breathe's second facility opened in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, and sits on 22 acres within a gated community with three houses. This new paradigm in trauma treatment expanded his work to include a groundbreaking hybrid of 90-day residential treatment to "create personal recovery and spiritual discovery". Noted author and clinician Tian Dayton, PhD. serves as Director of Clinical Programming while Kat Willis, PhD. leads Breathe's Family Education Programs. Breathe Life Healing Centers are a mid-range insurance-driven recovery program combining a residential retreat center featuring non-clinical, spiritual-directed work, with a traditional treatment center, where clinical work is done. Breathe's unified recovery approach invites those with chemical dependency, dual-diagnosis and food addiction (Binge Eating Disorder, Compulsive Overeating, Metabolic Syndrome, etc.) to create community and progress through trauma healing and spiritual development to wellness.
Lamm is "Dr. Oz's Interventionist" and is a regular guest on The Dr. Oz Show and The Today Show. He has been interviewed, and makes frequent appearances, on television and radio programs including Good Morning America, The View, The Nancy Grace Show, and lists Dr. Mehmet Oz, Nancy Grace, Alice Walker, Roseanne Barr, and Mariel Hemingway among his endorsers. Lamm is a regular columnist on DoctorOZ.com and Oprah.com as well as a contributor to The Huffington Post.
In 2008, Lamm married television and theatrical producer Scott Sanders in a ceremony officiated by novelist Alice Walker. He splits his time between New York City, Los Angeles, and Palmer Park Detroit.
- Lamm, Brad (2009). How to Change Someone You Love: Four Steps to Help You Help Them. Macmillan.
- Lamm, Brad (2010). How to Help the One You Love: A New Way to Intervene and Stop Someone from Self-Destructing. Macmillan.
- Lamm, Brad (2011). Just 10 Lbs: Easy Steps to Weighing What You Want (Finally). Hay House.
- Lamm, Brad (2011). Just 10 Challenge: Read – Write – Discover.
- Lamm, Brad (2014). Hand to Mouth: 4 Steps in 4 Weeks to Quit Smoking Now.
- Brad Lamm Intervention Specialists Official Website
- Browning-Blas, Kristen (June 1, 2009). "Former addict now preaches a new family of intervention". Denver, Colorado: MediaNews Group. ISSN 1930-2193. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
- "Just 10 Pounds author Brad Lamm promotes weight loss". Corpus Christi, Texas: KIII. January 10, 2011. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
- Miller, Sam (July 14, 2009). "He intervenes with compassion". Santa Ana, California: Freedom Communications. ISSN 0886-4934. OCLC 12199155. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
- Baker, Jeff (January 20, 2010). "Alcohol interventionist, author knows the terrain". The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon: Advance Publications). ISSN 8750-1317. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
- Stroud, Court. "Brad Lamm: from professional partier to intervention specialist". Out. Retrieved February 13, 2012.
- Brad Lamm, How to Change Someone You Love: Four Steps to Help You Help Them, St. Martin's Press, New York, 2009.
- Gustafson, Kristi (January 10, 2010). "Real friends are firewalls". Times Union (Colonie, New York: Hearst Corporation). ISSN 8756-5927. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
- "The Dr. Oz Show". ZoCo1, LLC. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
- "Presenters 2010". Retrieved January 8, 2014.
- Huso, Deborah. "An obesity film from the makers of Alli". America Online Health Center. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
- "How to Change Someone You Love Seminar offers help to those who feel powerless in the face of addiction". Mental Health Weekly Digest. December 22, 2008. Retrieved 2010-02-12.
- Bjornstad, Randi (January 24, 2011). "Letting others in: changing bad habits may require the help of loved ones". The Register-Guard (Eugene, Oregon: Guard Publishing Co.). ISSN 0739-8557. OCLC 9836354. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
- Moeller, Katy (January 15, 2011). "Former Boise TV weatherman Brad Lamm is turning tragedy into opportunity". Idaho Statesman (Boise, Idaho: The McClatchy Company). Retrieved January 8, 2014.
- "New "Blueprint to Quit" Comprehensive Smoking Cessation Program Available for Smokers". PR Newswire. November 15, 2011. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
- "Interventionist Brad Lamm in Wellness Therapeutics Play". Treatment Magazine. December 19, 2013. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
- "About Us". Breathe Life Healing Centers. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
- "Meet Our Treatment Team". Breathe Life Healing Centers. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
- "Brad Lamm Intervention Specialists Official Website". Retrieved January 8, 2014.
- "Brad Lamm, Scott Sanders". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). September 21, 2008. p. ST16. Retrieved January 8, 2014.