About Adolescent Intervention
The VIP Recovery team cares deeply for young people struggling with self-destructive behaviors, including drinking alcohol, drug abuse, smoking, sexual activity, cutting, depression, suicide, anxiety, and eating disorders. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), boys first try alcohol at the age of 11 and girls at the age of 13. In the U.S., alcohol is the number one abused substance for teenagers. Additionally, according to Drug Free America Foundation, 41% of teens have tried marijuana, and it is the most widely used illegal substance among teens.
Some people believe that drinking alcoholic beverages and/or using drugs is a rite of passage or simply a phase that teens go through. How do you know if your teen is engaged in a brief period of experimentation, a pathological or addictive pattern, or behaviorally dependent on chemicals? We can help you determine if an intervention is necessary based on the four levels of recreational chemical use. These levels include:
A brief period of experimentation followed by abstinence
Irregular or occasional use of illicit chemicals
Regular use of chemicals
Addictive pattern or the pathological use that is the hallmark of physical dependence on chemicals
It is extremely scary for families to see their teenagers suffer from addiction or substance use disorder problems. Because the brain is not fully developed as a teenager, alcohol or drug abuse can have permanent effects. It's imperative to receive help for your teen to prevent any further damage. Please call us for additional information, and to make it easier, we will travel throughout the U.S. to help plan, rehearse, and stage an intervention for your teenager.
""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
High school is a difficult time for most adolescents because of hormone and emotional changes and increased responsibility. On top of the normal changes, if the teen has stress at home, is being bullied, has a mental illness, or is starting a new job, this could trigger a need to reduce the stress. Sometimes, instead of engaging in positive behaviors, teens seek alternative solutions that might impact their health and mental well-being. In some cases, a teen might abuse a certain substance, act out sexually or emotionally, self-harm, experiment with food, isolate themselves, or become addicted to video games or the internet. If not treated, these could have lasting impacts on the emotional and mental health development of your teen. If you notice that your teen is acting out or engaging in harmful behaviors, it's important to give us a call so we can determine if an intervention is helpful for your family's situation. The VIP Recovery team knows teenagers have very different needs compared to treating adults so we consider everything holistically when planning an intervention.
Adolescent Intervention Steps
Planning the intervention
One of the most important parts of staging an intervention is the planning that goes into it. During the first part of the planning phase, we will gather information, including learning about the teen's family or friends dynamic to understanding their biological, emotional, or developmental responses. This will help us choose the best intervention type, such as The Johnson Model, The ARISE Model, or The Systemic Model, for you and your teen. Before we meet with your loved one, we will discuss the location of the intervention, strategize the intervention model type, determine who is involved, create letters or messages, rehearse, plan for treatment and transportation after the intervention, and define consequences. We will also prepare for unanticipated behaviors to ensure the safety of everyone.
Staging the intervention
An intervention is an act of love. It's important to help your teenager realize that so he or she doesn't feel ganged up on or betrayed. The VIP Recovery team members will help provide emotional support and lead the tough conversation to ensure the family members discuss how the teen's behavior has impacted them. Depending on the intervention model, we will likely have an open conversation between all group members. While staging the intervention, parents should refrain from yelling or avoid using examples that do not pertain to the teenager's current, harmful behavior. Once he or she admits they have an issue, the intervention will stop. Unfortunately, if the teenager chooses to not accept treatment, the family will need to set strict consequences.
What Happens Next?
Throughout each phase, we will be with you along the way. Most of the time, an intervention is successful and your teen admits they have a problem. Admitting they have a problem will make it more likely for them to be successful in a treatment program. Once they are no longer in denial, we will transport your teen to a treatment center and help check them in. Based on the issue, your teen might enter a detox program to safely withdraw from the substance. This phase must be completed under medical supervision to assist with any types of emergencies. After the detox, the family and teen begin therapy sessions, learn how to help during the recovery, and develop strategies for maintaining sobriety. Throughout your teen's recovery, we will continue to have follow-up meetings and help parents learn how to reinforce positive behaviors while renewing hope and promoting healing for everyone involved.
However, sometimes an intervention is not successful. This means the teen did not admit they have a problem. If this happens, we might offer several courses of action, depending on the strategy chosen for the intervention. This includes things, like attending cognitive behavior therapy, continuing the conversation outside of the intervention, and applying strict consequences. As a last resort, we will help the family set strict consequences for your loved one. We know how hard this is, but to help them overcome their harmful behaviors, parents must reinforce the rules. No matter how much they retaliate or yell, we encourage parents to maintain their stance. We will provide help and guidance if this happens. For other, more sensitive cases, such as self-harm or thoughts of suicide, we will take the teen to a treatment center for help.
Navigate The Road To Recovery
No amount of chemical use is legal or safe for adolescents. We can help to determine if any intervention or treatment is necessary. Our team of adolescent intervention specialists is the key to redirecting these young lives. If an intervention is necessary, the intervention process provides education, support, and guidance for teens and their families. Additionally, we will help you learn how to effectively communicate and develop an open, strong, and trusting relationship with your teen. To make it easiest for you and your family, we travel nationwide to stage a safe intervention. Please call us today to speak with a caring staff member.