Mental Health Interventions
Many of us know people who struggle with mental illness. Actually, it’s much more common than we think. At VIP Recovery, our team understands the difficulty of seeing a family member, friend, or business associate struggling with a mental disorder that interferes with daily activities. Because of their condition, they may not even realize the impact they have on the lives of the people around them. In these cases, a mental health intervention is necessary to ensure they receive the proper treatment or special care needed. From the mental health intervention to the recovery process, the VIP Recovery team is dedicated to helping people find credible information and treatment programs. Brandon, Debbie, and their professional specialists travel across the U.S. to stage safe and confidential interventions. To help restore and heal relationships damaged by the disease, family members and friends are involved during the mental health intervention and recovery. Before it’s too late, we encourage you to call us if a loved one, co-worker, or friend is struggling with mental illness.
""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
Mental Health Candidates
Mental illness can greatly impact an individual’s everyday life, and depending on the severity, it may even lead to homelessness, dropping out of school, or incarceration. The good thing is that most mental health conditions are manageable with appropriate treatment from a healthcare professional. Based on the severity of the mental illness, an intervention may be necessary to help the person seek treatment and resume or start their medications. Additionally, individuals with severe mental illness might self medicate with alcohol, illegal drugs, or engage in self-harming behavior. In either scenario, an intervention can help intervene and motivate the individual to get treatment. With compassion and care, VIP Recovery stages interventions for individuals who suffer from mental disorders, including:
Mood – Mood disorders affect how a person feels each day and is very disruptive to the individual. Often, people with mood disorders tend to use alcohol and drugs to manage their feelings. Common mood disorders include anxiety, depression, or bipolar.
Eating – Eating disorders affect how people perceive themselves, and they often become obsessed with food, weight, or the shape of their body. Common eating disorders include binge eating, anorexia, and bulimia.
Personality – Personality disorders affect a person’s perception of themselves and can impact how they function, behave, and think. Common personality disorders include paranoid personality disorder (PPD), schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCDP), and narcissism.
Anxiety – Anxiety disorders involve a person who constantly has extreme fear or worry, which may cause panic attacks, agoraphobia, or social anxiety. Common anxiety disorders include separation anxiety, phobias of certain things, and panic disorder.
If you notice a loved one, an employee, or a friend who exhibits common symptoms, such as extended depression, thoughts of suicide, self-harming, isolation, and difficulty managing daily activities, please reach out to us.
From the very beginning and during treatment, VIP Recovery will help provide guidance, plan, rehearse, and stage the intervention. Additionally, we will discuss the logistics of a plan for after the intervention, including setting up boundaries in case the intervention is not successful. However, with an intense planning session, this makes it less likely for the individual to walk out. For information on the steps involved in planning an intervention, please review our Intervention Planning page.
During the intervention, it will feel emotionally intense. One of the most important parts of the intervention is to not yell, belittle, or bring up past problems that don’t involve the issue at hand. The individual may or may not listen and could potentially leave. Throughout this process, the VIP Recovery team will lead the conversation to ensure that the intended message is clear and to secure the safety of everyone involved. If the individual admits they have a problem, the intervention will stop. However, if the individual chooses not to receive treatment, everyone will need to follow strict boundaries to ensure they do not enable the individual.
What Happens Next?
No matter the outcome, we will be there every step of the way for you and your loved one. If the individual no longer denies an issue, we can transport them to the designated treatment center. Sometimes, the individual may need to detox and then begin therapy sessions afterward. The detox will allow them to safely recover without undergoing the dangerous side effects by themselves. However, sometimes the individual refuses treatment. We know how hard this is to experience. It’s extremely important to stay hopeful and set strict ultimatums that won’t enable the individual. Please know, we will continue to provide guidance and support if this happens. To continue supporting the individual, it’s critical to maintain these boundaries.
Shatter The Social Stigma
We know there is often a social stigma associated with a mental illness, which might deter people from receiving treatment. Please don’t let this stop you from reaching out for help. The most important thing you can do to help your loved one is to reach out to a professional interventionist and start the road to recovery and healing. Please reach out to us for additional questions or concerns. At VIP Recovery, we want to make it easiest for you and your loved one so we travel throughout the U.S. to stage interventions.