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Brad Lamm
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Wenatchee, Washington, USA
Occupation Interventionist and Author

Brad Lamm is an American interventionist, educator, and author of How to Change Someone You Love: Four Steps to Help You Help Them, which details the theory and practice of a system of psychosocial intervention he designed and named “Invitation2Change” [1] which trains, and then utilizes, the friends and family of the addict as an ongoing support group or “circle of change.”[2]

Early life

Lamm was born in Wenatchee, Washington, in 1966, the youngest of four brothers. His father was a minister and he grew up in a religious home. The family moved to Eugene, Oregon, in 1968 and, in 1982, to Yorba Linda, California, where his father became Senior Pastor of Yorba Linda Friends Church.[3]

Lamm graduated from Whittier Christian High School and attended the University of California at Los Angeles.[4]

Personal life

In 2008 Lamm was married to television and theatrical producer Scott Sanders (producer) in a ceremony officiated by novelist Alice Walker.[5]


After college Lamm worked in television in Boise, Idaho and then in Washington, D.C. as a meteorologist. He lived in Japan and New York, working while abusing both drugs and alcohol. Dubbed the "once reigning king of the late night party scene," he wrote for and hosted the cable TV show "Party Talk" seen in New York, Los Angeles, and other large markets in the US.[6]

Lamm opened nightclubs in Washington, D.C. and Denver in 2002, but entered a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program soon after. His subjective experiences of his own rehabilitation[7] combined with his acquaintanceship with the work of Boulder, Colorado, psychiatrist Judith Landau to convince him of the efficacy of the family-centered process in helping addicts overcome addiction.[8] Lamm has asserted that substance abusers with strong familial and social support systems are five times as likely to succeed in their goal of sobriety as persons lacking support. He calls this supportive system a “firewall.”[9] Lamm is a member of Mehmet Oz’s “Experts” panel[10] and has presented to the UK-European Symposium on Addictive Disorders.[11] Lamm also speaks and works on issues of food and obesity with individuals and organizations.[12] With the consent of the addict, Lamm’s program works with family members, co-workers, partners, and employers, and friends to develop and implement a plan of change and a recovery model. He gives seminars and workshops in his method of intervention.[13]


Lamm has been interviewed, and makes frequent appearances, on television and radio programs including "Good Day" from Atlanta, "The View from the Bay," "Nancy Grace," "The Dr. Oz Show," and "Paula Sands Live," and lists Dr. Mehmet Oz, Nancy Grace, Alice Walker, Roseanne Barr, and Mariel Hemingway among his endorsers. [14]


  1. Brad Lamm Intervention Specialists Official Website
  2. Browning-Blas, Kristen (June 1, 2009). "Former addict now preaches a new family of intervention". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2010-02-12.
  3. Miller, Sam (July 14, 2009). "He intervenes with compassion". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 2010-02-18.
  4. Baker, Jeff (January 20, 2010). "Alcohol interventionist, author knows the terrain". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2010-02-12.
  5. "Brad Lamm, Scott Sanders." The New York Times, Sept. 21, 2008. p. ST16 [1]
  6. Stroud, Court. "Brad Lamm: from professional partier to intervention specialist". Out Magazine. Retrieved 2012-02-13.
  7. Brad Lamm, How to Change Someone You Love: Four Steps to Help You Help Them, St. Martin's Press, New York, 2009.
  8. Browning-Blas, Kristen (June 1, 2009). "Former addict now preaches a new family of intervention". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2010-02-12.
  9. Gustafson, Kristi (January 10, 2010). "Real friends are firewalls". Albany Times Union, Albany, New York. Archived from the original on 2013-01-25. Retrieved 2010-02-12.
  10. "The Dr. Oz Show". ZoCo1, LLC. Retrieved 2010-02-18.
  11. Addiction Recovery Foundation, London, England [2] Retrieved 2010-02-23.
  12. Huso, Deborah. "An obesity film from the makers of Alli". America Online Health Center. Retrieved 2010-02-23.
  13. "How to Change Someone You Love Seminar offers help to those who feel powerless in the face of addiction". Mental Health Weekly Digest. December 22, 2008. Retrieved 2010-02-12.
  14. Brad Lamm Intervention Specialists Official Website[3]
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