Brad Lamm's Change Institute Celebrates First Annual World Intervention Day

Dec 14, 2010, 07:15 ET from Brad Lamm's Change Institute

NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- World Intervention Day (Thursday, December 30, 2010) is dedicated to raising awareness of the very real physical, financial and emotional costs associated with addiction and behavioral crisis, no matter the source. Government and U.S. health officials know that death stemming from food, alcohol, drug and tobacco addictions remain the #1 source of preventable death.

This day of recognition offers a way to rally support for family and friends to step in with hope, determination and a plan to help a loved one in their journey to recovery.

Join Brad Lamm (author of "HOW TO HELP THE ONE YOU LOVE: A NEW WAY TO INTERVENE – December 21, 2010, St. Martin's Press) on Monday, January 3, 2011 at 6:30PM at Caron New York (244 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022) for his free, CHANGE ONE THING event. This 90-minute presentation will inform and inspire family members and loved ones, who feel powerless in the face of another's addiction.

World Intervention Day helps raise awareness and serves as a call to action to: get assessed, get stabilized and most importantly, get the help you or a loved one desperately needs to get well.

The startling statistics show:

  • 1 in 6 Americans report that they "drink too much," while 1 in 20 say they have problems with extreme drinking
  • 1 in 38 Americans has an eating disorder
  • 1 in 43 Americans has a gambling problem
  • 1 in 15 Americans regularly uses drugs
  • 1 in 20 Americans is currently depressed
  • 1 in 5 American adults smoke cigarettes

World Intervention Day is a chance to bust the myths of intervention and the very notion of change. The support system around a struggling loved one often stands still, even building a support system around the problem that enables crisis. Long after the alarm sounds that help is needed, friends and family struggle to agree upon what to do. Behind a crisis and the refusal of help, there's a "YES" dying to come out.

To request an interview with Brad Lamm or for more information on World Intervention Day, please contact:

Tara Lowenberg or Kim Reynolds at TLCommunications, 212.375.8660

SOURCE Brad Lamm's Change Institute