Throughout America, nearly every family is directly or indirectly affected by addiction, substance use disorder, and/or mental illness. An intervention is the first step to helping an individual overcome their destructive behavior by motivating them to seek treatment. Often, an intervention is necessary to help the individual realize or acknowledge the issue. During an intervention, an interventionist leads an intimate conversation that addresses behaviors and delivers ultimatums between the person at risk and a family member, employer, or close friend. To help lead these difficult discussions, VIP Recovery was founded by former alcohol and substance abuser, Brandon Knauss, and his mom who supported his recovery, Debra "Debbie" Knauss. Based on their personal experience, Brandon and Debbie have a unique perspective and can truly empathize with individuals and families impacted by the disease of addiction, substance use disorder, and/or mental illness. At VIP Recovery, Debbie, Brandon, and their skilled team travel throughout the United States to lead a structured intervention in a safe environment, help plan logistics for transportation to a recovery center, offer recovery services, and provide support throughout intake interviews and detox, which saves lives and helps entire families begin their healing process.
""Debbie and Brandon (Wow, what a team) With their combined talents of strength, organizational skills, patience, kindness and passion; timeless efforts and persistence...when you thought that all was lost, they put it out to the universe to let the greater powers that be take charge..and take charge he did." - Michigan"- J.T. / Office Visit / Sep 26, 2019
""Debbie, words cannot express our gratitude for what you, Brandon, and the entire production staff has done for ...... and our family. Life truly is amazing, thru the power of prayer and the trust that we have in God he sent us you for help in one of our greatest times of need. We felt so powerless, and then somehow God sent you into our lives with a message of hope for our son, ........ I thought I was a strong guy until I met you, but I have truly met one of the strongest women I have ever met in my life. Thank God you took charge and forever changed the destiny of your son Brandon’s life. He is truly an incredible man to have overcome such odds and I know how much you love him and he loves you. Our prayers were truly answered this weekend as you took time away from your family to try and save our sons life and we will be forever grateful for that. Debbie you are a wonderful lady with a great message to the world that thru perseverance there is hope for everyone suffering from addiction. I have thru this process this weekend learned one more powerful lesson that was reinforced so strongly this weekend that the power of love is unstoppable, and always brings out the best in all of us. Love for one another has and will continue to be the greatest message of hope that we offer any one in a time of need. Thanks so much for your expression of love for our family. You were right I feel like I was hit by a Mack truck when I awoke this morning. I have been sitting at my desk this morning with my sunglasses on because my eyes look so bad. My door is closed and I have just been weeping from all that has happened. I feel relief, sadness, and happiness and have never felt like this before. I found myself this morning while unloading ....... golf bag, smelling his worn clothing, and I said to myself what is wrong with you. I look forward to the day I can smell him again in person because of your kindness. Debbie please don’t hesitate to call on me for anything that I can do for your organization, or your family I will be there for you just ask. May God richly bless you for the work that you are doing." B.P. - New Jersey"- B.P. / Office Visit / Sep 26, 2019
"I feel enormous respect for you Debbie and Brandon, and your work as specialists in the field of addiction and recovery. Your compassion and your expertise, to be calm in the eye of the storm, builds momentum. Together as a family you show what love is, and sometimes, love is courage. Brandon I'm glad you’re alive, and Debbie and Doug, I'm glad you took Brandon seriously and reached out to Dr. Phil. Brandon, I'm happy you are using you talents and dynamic personality to inspire and to lead others, especially for boys and men in our communities. As a mother against impaired driving and as a teacher, I wholeheartedly support your efforts. T. S. - California"- TS / Office Visit / Sep 26, 2019
""I just wanted to take a moment and thank both you and Brandon for all your help this past weekend. What you do is so amazing and I will be forever grateful for your help in getting my daughter the help she so desperately needed. Brandon is quite a remarkable man; he made a huge impact on my daughter! I still can't believe we were so fortunate to have you both with us this past weekend. From the way you just happened to pick up my sister's telephone call, to being available the weekend I was flying my family to ......, to getting ......on board - someone up there had a "hand" in all of this. .... Is not happy with me right now - she's angry because I pulled her away from her birthday and Christmas with the family. That's OK, I know it's not my daughter talking and at least I know by getting her to ...... now, she WILL be with me and the family next year." D.L. - Illinois"- DL / Office Visit / Sep 26, 2019
""Dear Debbie and Brandon, Please know how grateful our family is to have received your professional help for my brother. As you know, we as a family did not possess the tools necessary to effectively provide the support or roadmap he desperately needed to get onto the road toward recovery. Your ability to take an emotionally strained family, agonizing over the past and afraid of the future, and turn them into a group of people with purpose was impressive. Your knack with balancing sensitive family issues while treating people with dignity and respect is commendable. Your experience, organization, and passion made executing an effective intervention plan possible. Not only did our family leave the intervention feeling empowered that we can make a difference, but more importantly you were able to reach my brother and send him on his journey of recovery. "I can honestly say that after working with you I felt, 'now there goes two people who are on fire to change the world for the better.' Thank you for recognizing your gifts and talents and using them to help others. We appreciate all that you have done for us." S.H. - Arizona"- SH / Office Visit / Sep 26, 2019
Candidates For An Intervention
Addiction, substance use disorder, and/or mental illness can affect anybody, and it’s very different for each person. For many people suffering from addiction or substance use disorder, these issues are extremely difficult to overcome by themselves, which is very dangerous in some cases and hard to acknowledge. If you have a loved one or know an employee who is hurting themselves because of harmful behavior choices, he or she might benefit from an intervention. Based on the situation, we provide several interventions designed for different types of audiences or the treatment needed, such as:
- Celebrity and Executive
- Mental Health
- Substance Intervention
When To Help
You may notice changes in behavior that indicate your loved one needs help. A few distinct behavioral characteristics that substance or behavioral dependent individuals often exhibit include:
- Increased tolerance
- Mental fog
- Appearance changes
- Uncontrollable emotions/emotional outbursts
- Increased isolation
- Difficulty with money
Family or employers may find it difficult to address the changes they have noticed. You don’t want to wait until it’s obvious, but you also don’t want to rush into any conclusions. But if you do discuss the individual’s behavior and they deny behavioral changes, this could indicate they might benefit from an intervention to prevent further harm. Additionally, if you notice any symptoms or signs, you may need to discuss with family members or friends about potentially planning an intervention for the individual at risk. Chances are, they have noticed the changes, too.
Helping Your Loved One
Interventions entrusted to VIP Recovery are handled with dignity and respect. Brandon, a person in longterm recovery, and Debbie, his mother, lived through years of Brandon’s disease so they understand the complexity and severity of the situation. To make it easier for you and your family, we travel across the U.S. to perform the intervention. If you know someone engaging in harmful or dangerous behaviors, please reach out to us as soon as possible. We know how difficult it is to see or experience someone you know or love hurting themselves. We also know how difficult it is to address these issues with your loved one or employee. That’s why we are here to help guide these critical conversations. There is always hope.