Bradd Lamm, author of the book, How to Change Someone You Love, takes issue with the confrontational style of interventions. He prefers a kinder, gentler approach that focuses on family, friends and love. Brad Lamm is known as “Dr. Oz’s interventionist” for his regular appearances on the Dr. Oz TV show. Lamm believes love is the best motivator of all.
Lamm on Oxycodone Addiction:
- Gather the people important to the addict – from family to fellow users.
- Rehearse a ‘change message’. Such as, “We love you, we’ve seen you struggle with this for a long time, but you’re not alone”.
- No blame or guilt trips.
- Offer first-person accounts of how oxycodone has changed the addict’s life.
- Have a rehab bed ready.“We did this to my 24-year-old nephew, who was oxy-addicted,” said Lamm. It worked, although he relapsed twice. Now, he’s been sober for a year.”
Lamm debunks what he says are the myths that an addict has to reach bottom before being helped or that they need to want to be helped. He also takes issue with the method of confrontational intervention, often shown on TV shows such as Intervention. Compassion and loving concern, he said, are often more successful at getting addicts into treatment than dire consequences such as divorce, repudiation of job loss.