About A Substance Intervention
Substance abuse happens when a person misuses alcohol or prescription drugs or engages in illegal drug use. Unfortunately, substance use disorder is a very common problem for a lot of Americans. In fact, VIP Recovery started because of the Knauss' experience while managing Brandon's substance use disorder problem. The severity and complexity of the situation made Brandon and Debbie, his mom, realize the importance of helping others navigate through the difficult process of treatment and recovery. The VIP Recovery team provides guidance, hope, strength, and support for individuals who struggle with substance use disorder and the people impacted by the issue. Before the individual "hits rock bottom," we can intervene by staging an intervention. We will travel throughout the United States to help educate, motivate, and activate individuals to seek treatment and start down the road to recovery.
""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
People start using drugs or alcohol for many reasons, including curiosity and peer pressure, to reduce stress, to feel better, or to enhance their performance in school or sports. Additionally, a mix of biology, environment, and development all have a huge impact on how a person manages feelings of pleasure, self-control, or stress, which may prompt a person to mismanage legal substances or engage in illegal substances. Substance abuse, especially substances like heroin, can have a long-term impact on the health and body so we strongly encourage reaching out to us if you think your loved one, friend, family member, or child is suffering from a substance use disorder problem. Signs to look for include:
- Noticeable changes in behavior, such as irritability or lack of motivation
- Difficulty with finances or stealing money
- Changes in appearance, including weight loss or weight gain
- Noticeable shakes, bloodshot eyes, or trouble speaking
- Involved with new friends
In some cases, no amount of the substance is good for the body, such as heroin. Please call us if you know someone engaging in these types of behaviors. You could help save their life.
Substance Intervention Steps
Planning a substance use disorder intervention
To help ensure an intervention goes as smooth as possible, the VIP Recovery team will start by planning the intervention. Initially, we gather information about the individual and his or her behaviors. Our group will then work with the point of contact to establish who is involved throughout the intervention and during the treatment process. We all decide on the intervention model type, which helps us strategize how we approach an individual. Model types might include The Johnson Model of intervention, The ARISE Model of intervention, or The Systemic Model of intervention. After we have designed the structure of the intervention, we help members prepare their messages and what they want to say during the intervention. We want group members to feel as comfortable as possible so we rehearse the intervention before staging it. Additionally, before meeting in a safe location, we will take additional precautions in case the individual acts out.
Staging the intervention
An intervention usually takes place earlier in the day. This will make it more likely that the individual has not had a chance to use the substance before attending. Depending on the intervention model we use, an intervention may be one session or several sessions. When an intervention starts, we will lead the conversation and guide the group members throughout the discussion. While family members take turns discussing how the individual's behaviors impact them, please remember to not yell and to only discuss examples or emotions that relate to the substance use disorder problem. An intervention will stop after the individual admits they have a problem.
What Happens Next?
An intervention has two possible outcomes. Just know, we will be with you each step of the way, no matter what happens. During a successful intervention, the individual admits they have a problem and chooses to pursue treatment. It's imperative for the individual to acknowledge a problem in order for the treatment to be successful. We discuss the treatment options and logistics during the planning portion of the intervention. After the intervention, we will transport the person to a detox and treatment center to ensure they arrive safely. It's important that an individual undergo detox under the supervision of a medical professional.
Unfortunately, an intervention is not always successful. An individual may feel betrayed or cornered and could possibly walk out. We know how painful this is. If this happens, the group members will need to implement the ultimatums or strict boundaries that we set during the planning phase of the intervention. Some of these ultimatums may seem harsh, but it will hopefully help motivate the individual to seek treatment because they no longer have a support system that accidentally enables them. It's critical that group members maintain these ultimatums. Do not give in. By giving in, you are positively reinforcing the negative behavior. VIP Recovery will continue to guide you through this process and help you maintain hope.
VIP Recovery Can Help
Substance abuse can severely impact a person's health and mental well-being. For a safe recovery, it's important that the individual detoxes under the supervision of a medical professional. If you know someone engaging in harmful behaviors, please give us a call. We will travel nationwide to help stage an intervention. Before the worst happens, please reach out to us as soon as possible. Taking the first step for your loved one could save their life.