About Workplace Interventions
Unfortunately, one out of ten employees has a drinking problem and a third of those also use illegal drugs. As a coping mechanism for a stressful job, many Americans look for ways to reduce stress, which is normal, but it can become an issue if they are chemically or behaviorally dependent. In addition to impacting the morale or productivity, it’s very difficult to see someone you’ve mentored or worked with for years experience these issues. To begin with, we recommend reaching out to your HR department to discreetly inquire about the process. While many people don’t want to get involved because of repercussions, a co-worker or boss could motivate the individual engaging in harmful behaviors to pursue treatment and ultimately, save their life. Before something serious happens, including termination, you can effectively intervene on behalf of someone at your workplace by reaching out to us. To make it easier for employers or businesses, we can travel anywhere in the U.S. to safely stage a private intervention.
""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
Who Is It For?
If you notice someone who exhibits certain behavioral problems, including calling into work, emotional outbursts, violent behavior, accidents, or sleeping on the job, this might indicate that they have issues with substance use disorder, mental illness, or addiction. These behaviors can greatly impact the people around them. In some cases, if an employee is under the influence while operating machinery, this can be extremely dangerous. Additionally, you may notice that they tend to deny that they have a problem, especially if you are a boss trying to resolve problematic behaviors. However, denial is the first symptom of a person who doesn’t think they have a problem. Because they are in denial, your employee or co-worker does not have the ability to ask for help. We know many people don’t want to get involved because of the personal aspect or getting the person in trouble, but workplace interventions are quite common. In fact, Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities and that includes people who struggle with substance use disorder.
We can stage a discreet and compassionate intervention that involves all of the appropriate parties, including the family, certain co-workers, people from HR, or with bosses. Your help could completely turn their life around by encouraging them to seek treatment.
Workplace Intervention Steps
An intervention focuses on three primary things: gaining trust, motivating the individual to seek treatment, and delivering ultimatums. Before staging the intervention, our knowledgeable and compassionate team will strategize and structure the intervention. One of the most important parts of the intervention is the initial planning. In this part, we will help you determine different aspects of the intervention, like who all is involved, how to approach the individual, and creating the next step for after the intervention. These are only the first few steps to planning an intervention. We encourage you to read through our Intervention Planning page to learn more. Additionally, we will work with the individual throughout the recovery process.
Once the planning is complete, the group will meet in a safe location to confront the individual. An intervention is an emotionally charged event so it’s very important to keep a few things in mind, including:
- Using open body language
- Managing your emotions (no yelling or bringing up events that do not pertain to the issue)
- Staying prepared in the event that the person acts out
The intervention ends as soon as the person admits they have a problem. Depending on the structure decided beforehand, some interventions may last one session while other types have several meetings.
What Happens Next?
There are two possible outcomes after an intervention. No matter the outcome, family members can rest assured that we will guide through the next steps. After a successful intervention, an individual is no longer in denial and chooses to seek treatment. In the planning portion of an intervention, we will discuss choosing the facility type, logistics, and safely transporting the individual to a treatment facility. Having these details planned out will help get the person treatment sooner.
In some cases, your loved one may decide he or she doesn’t need treatment or is in denial of the problem. If this happens, you will need to set the boundaries discussed during the planning phase. Reinforcing your boundaries will ensure you don’t accidentally enable the individual. We know this part is extremely difficult, but we will be with you every step of the way.
Make The Phone Call Today
The hardest part is making the first phone call. If you see a fellow co-worker or employee suffering from mental illness, substance use disorder, or addiction, please reach out to us as soon as possible. They don’t have to “hit rock bottom” for treatment. We will travel nationwide to stage a safe intervention. You could help save your employee’s life.