Brad Lamm, 2014
Brad Lamm is the founder of Breathe Life Healing Centers, and an American interventionist, educator and author of How to Help the One You Love: A New Way to Intervene (2010). How to Help details the theory and practice of a system of psychosocial intervention he designed and named "Breakfree Intervention", which trains, and then utilizes the "voices that matter" - 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 (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 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 a lifelong Quaker. He is an ordained interfaith minister.
After college, Lamm lived in Kamakura, Japan for over a year before settling in New York City, 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 six other 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 was a founding 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 eating disorders, 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 Breakfree 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. The series follows the day-to-day lives of eight patients that have been diagnosed with an eating disorder as they work to improve their lives and overcome their self-harming cycle of over-feeding. 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 book "Stop It: 4 Steps in 4 Weeks to Quit Smoking Now" focusses on a breathing protocol, the need for community support in addition to the necessity of a proper detox from nicotine.
Breathe Life Healing Centers
In early 2012, 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 West Hollywood, and sits on 22 acres within a gated community with six residences on a Campus setting. Breathe Life Healing Centers new paradigm in trauma treatment expanded his work to include a groundbreaking long-term retreat model to "ignite personal recovery and spiritual discovery". Kathleen Murphy, LPC, serves as Breathe's founding Clinical Director and leads Breathe's Family Education Programs. Breathe Life Healing Centers are a mid-range insurance-friendly trauma-informed 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 eating disorders (Binge Eating Disorder, Compulsive Overeating, Metabolic Syndrome and Bulimia) to create community and progress through trauma healing, emotional regulation skills-building and spiritual development.
Breathe Life Healing Centers is one of the few treatment centers for Binge Eating Disorder.
Lamm appeared in Newsweek's in 1991 as an activist for social justice and gay rights. In September 1992, he appeared on the cover of the magazine's "Gays Under Fire" issue, which reported on limited national support for LGBT rights. Nearly 24 years later, Newsweek published Lamm's account of being attacked by five men in New York, among other updates since his cover appearance.
Lamm was a member of the Core Team Oz team who launched The Dr. Oz Show. He was "Dr. Oz's Interventionist" from 2011 through 2014, helps families on the Dr. Phil Show and is a regular guest on The Today Show and others. Lamm and makes frequent contributions to television and radio programs including Good Morning America, The View, CBS This Morning, The Nancy Grace Show, and lists Dr. Mehmet Oz, Nancy Grace, Alice Walker, Roseanne Barr, Mariel Hemingway and Oprah Winfrey among his endorsers. Lamm is a regular columnist on Oprah.com and DoctorOZ.com, as well as a contributor to The Huffington Post.
- Lamm, Brad (2009). How to Change Someone You Love: Four Steps to Help You Help Them. Macmillan.
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