VIP Client Interventions

Perhaps you have a loved one suffering from addiction who is in the in the public eye or holds a high profile position in their work; such as a Celebrity, Politician or Head of a large organisation. Perhaps their willingness to engage in treatment is hindered by their fear of being exposed and their reputation ruined. Perhaps they feel too ashamed to admit their problem as it doesn’t fit with the image they are trying to present to others. If you have a loved one that has these reservations, the first thing to remember is that ANYONE can be affected by alcoholism or addiction. The fact that from the outside they may hold a prestigious profile and enjoy all the trappings of success has no bearing on their vulnerability to become addicted. Addiction is a serious illness; delaying treatment can have fatal consequences. By allowing your loved ones pride or fear to dictate their ability to recover, you are in fact enabling their addiction to become ever stronger and more powerful. It is important to see your loved ones predicament from an objective point of view in order that you can be of help to them. The reality is, that if your loved one is suffering from addiction or alcoholism, they may well lose everything that they feel is of value and put their life at risk by not seeking help. On balance, surely this reason is enough to take matter in to your own hands.

Confidentiality

Do not let the fact that your loved one holds a high profile position or status put you off from considering an intervention or treatment. Daniel Gerrard offers a highly confidential and professional service, and will ensure every possible means is taken to safeguard your loved one from having their addiction exposed. Right from the very first contact that you have with Daniel, all details will be treated with the strictest of confidence and respect. Daniel has helped many high profile individuals find recovery during his career as an Interventionist. He understands the need for strict client confidentiality and discretion; he will only work with rehab clinics and professionals that can afford the same.

Case Study

*Richard* is 28 and enjoyed for a number of years a successful career in a high profile boy band. He has more recently moved into Television presenting and is seen as a role model for his impeccable professionalism and talents. Richard was thrust in to the lime light at the tender age of 17, and came to enjoy the partying lifestyle and the legions of adoring fans that came with his high profile status. He felt he had arrived at a place where his life could not get any better. He worked hard and partied hard, living an extravagant lifestyle but always maintaining a good reputation. On a few occasions Richard was offered Cocaine, at first he declined as did his other band mates, but curiosity got the better of him and on trying it he found a new level of partying that he never wanted to leave. Richards’s family and band mates started to notice a change in Richards’s commitment to his work; he would turn up late for work looking tired and unkempt. It was noticed that his passion and professionalism for his work was slowly but surely ebbing away. His attitude changed from someone who was proactive and hardworking, to someone who found everything a chore. The novelty of his bands success had worn off, he felt trapped and overwhelmed by his responsibility to his fellow band members and his fans. More and more he sought escape in Cocaine and alcohol. The frequency of his binges increased. Richard was losing weight, his boyish good looks were fading, and he felt he no longer fitted with the band. At this point he was taking cocaine regularly and sometimes during the day just to keep him alert and awake, to enable him to have some form of normality and be able to function after a heavy binge. He found escape from his responsibilities and feelings in Cocaine and Alcohol. Deciding that it was his job that was responsible for his heavy drug use, he quit the band to focus on his career as an individual. He was confident that with temptation firmly out of the way that he would be able to regain control and curb his hunger for Cocaine and Alcohol. Still very much living a double life, Richard secured a lucrative Television contract; for a while his tactics seemed to be working, he managed to reduce his Cocaine and alcohol use to just the evenings. He stopped partying and instead opted to stay indoors so that he could use and drink without the fear of being exposed and losing his new job. For a few months everything felt more stable, but gradually he started to slip back to his old ways, his habit was calling, the novelty of change had worn off and once again boredom and depression set in. Richard quickly hit a point where he felt his life was spinning out of control; dogged with fear and paranoia he called his parents and asked if he could move back home, telling them that he was depressed and lonely. He still failed to see that the cause of his problems was him, not his circumstances or job. For a while he seemingly regained control, back in the loving environment of his parents’ home he continued to use in the privacy of his own annex. His parents became suspicious of his behaviour but put his increasing isolation and withdrawal down to depression. They tried to help him, encouraging him in get in touch with old friends and seeking help from his Doctor or a counsellor, but Richard desperate to keep his addiction concealed always refused. One day Richard returned home from work to announce that he was taking some time off work to relax and recharge his batteries. His parents supported his decision as they had become increasingly worried about his erratic behaviour. They began to notice his severe mood swings. Their denial around his addiction was finally broken when his mother *Denise* found a packet of white powder in his laundry. Denise sought advice from her husband as the missing pieces of the jigsaw began to slot together. They had noticed that he was drinking a lot but had put this down to stress in his job and his depression, but the discovery of the powder alerted them to the fact that their son was in the grips of addiction. On challenging Richard they were met with denial and anger that they could even think such a thing of him. He justified their finding as a one off, saying that he only tried it to see if it lifted his depression. Denise and her husband were not convinced, their son had changed dramatically in his appearance and his behaviour, it didn’t add up. Fearing that their son was destroying himself, they contacted Daniel for advice. Daniel assured them that his identity would be protected and that he would receive the very best treatment for their money. They worried that he would deny his addiction to Daniel also, but were advised that even if his cocaine use was denied that there was sufficient evidence to support him going to rehab for treatment of his drinking and depression. Richards’s parents agreed that even if he admitted that, that it would be a massive step forward if it meant him going to treatment. Daniel discussed with Denise and her husband treatment options that would be suitable for Richard, somewhere discrete overseas was agreed. Daniel also agreed that he would fly with Richard to the treatment centre to ensure that he arrived safely and without drawing attention. A structure aftercare plan would be set up with his own private counsellor for his return back home.

The intervention was booked, and on Richard being confronted with the undeniable evidence of his addiction and illness, he broke down and admitted everything right there and then. Having a professional involved had caught him off guard and there was no trivializing his parents fears and worry that was painfully apparent during the processes. Richard agreed to undergo treatment, he knew he was beaten. That was 2 years ago and now Richard enjoys a far more meaningful life. Rehab helped him to see that it was him that needed to change and that taking a career break whilst he accomplished this was for the best in the short term and in the long run. Today recovery is the most important thing to Richard and 2 years on he still sees one of our Counsellors on a monthly basis. He now uses his status to raise money for charities and feels a sense of peace and purpose in his life. He understands the importance of remaining true to himself and can see that he allowed his ego to dictate his career. No longer fighting with himself or his addiction, he enjoys meaningful relationships with his family and his friends.

*names and identifying details have been changed to protect client confidentiality*

This case shows that no one is exempt from addiction and that the same goes for treatment. In all cases, discretion and confidentiality is a priority. Seeking treatment for an addiction does not necessarily mean your loved one giving up a status or job that they love; in fact it is quite the opposite. Recovery allows your loved one the freedom of choice and confidence to be true to themselves. The gift of freedom in life is far more valuable than any amount of money or riches.