Helping loved ones with addiction

July 21, 2009 3:09:39 PM PDT
The official cause of Michael Jackson's death is still unknown but many people believe he was addicted to painkillers and could have overdosed.But it's not just celebrities who fall victim to addiction thousands of Americans are struggling.

We met Brad Lamm on his recent trip to Philadelphia. Through personal consultations and seminars he teaches a new type of intervention, different from the surprise tactics commonly seen.

"This is a way we step in and treat people, not as a caged animal, where we have to surprise them but we invite them into the process from the very beginning."

He says this gentler intervention is what broke him of his own addictions. He took his first drink at age 15.

"From the first drink I knew I was in trouble."

For 20 years Brad struggled with his addiction to alcohol, cocaine and crystal meth. Still he was able to function, graduate and get a job as a weatherman in Boise, Idaho. But when he got a huge break, a T.V. job in D.C. he fell apart.

"Within months it was clear I wasn't able to drink and do drugs and keep that job."

He says it was his friends who offered him help and hope.

"The moment I decided I was going to let other people help me was the beginning of a whole new life for me."

Brad has now been sober 7 years and teaches others how to help save their loved ones.

"I just help friends and families utilize what they already have which is a relationship history with that person, love with that person that are great motivators to help someone change."

Brad is holding a free seminar to help families and friends who are trying to help someone they love. It's Wednesday July 22nd, at the Radnor Hotel in St, Davids. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and is open to all. He also does free webinars for more information click here.

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