An intervention is an organized attempt to confront a loved one about their substance use. Close family and friends can participate in the intervention and share in their own words what the addiction is doing to their lives. Interventions should be carefully planned – they should never be done on a whim. They should also include a professional counselor or interventionist who is trained in interventions.
In this post, we’re going to cover the most common intervention methods and how they can be used to get your loved one to admit their problem and accept help. If you need assistance, please contact Acceptance Recovery Center. We provide professional intervention services, as well as a seamless transition into treatment.
Johnson Model – Direct Intervention
The Johnson Intervention Model is the most popular intervention model and probably what you think of when you hear of an intervention for drug or alcohol addiction. It has been featured in TV shows and movies, including A&E’s Intervention
With this method, family members and friends meet with an intervention professional a few times in order to plan for the surprise meeting. Johnson interventions are scripted, so family members spend time writing down what they plan to say to their loved one. The letters include specific examples of how their loved one’s addiction is affecting them.
The purpose of the Johnson Model is to show the addict how their choices are negatively impacting others. Too often, addicts think that their choice to use drugs or alcohol only affects them, but this is not the case. Their substance use affects everyone in the family unit. When the intervention is complete, the hope is that the addict will admit their problem and agree to get help.
Systemic Family Intervention Model – Invitational Intervention
This method of intervention aims to educate and address addiction in relation to the entire family – not just the addict. Families sometimes unknowingly or unintentionally enable the addict by paying their bills or making excuses for their substance use. In order for the addict to be successful in their recovery, the family system also needs to change.
Family intervention models typically take longer to get the addict into treatment, but they tend to have better retention rates than traditional intervention models. Also, the family is learning and growing in this process through workshops, classes and/or therapy sessions. The hope is that they can reduce substance use by changing the environment.
ARISE Model – Combination of Direct and Invitational
The ARISE (A Relational Sequence for Engagement) Intervention Model combines direct and invitational methods for a collaborative approach. Once the addict agrees to treatment, the intervention is stopped.
The ARISE Model involves the whole family, and no secrets are kept. The family and the addict are aware of all planned appointments and are invited to attend. Even if treatment is refused, the family learns throughout this process, just as they do in the Systemic Family Intervention Model. Of course, the goal is to change the environment at home while encouraging the addict to enter a formal treatment program.
Love First Model
With this model, love is put first. This intervention model focuses on providing support and positivity to the addict and their family. It’s not for everyone, but some people do very well when given individualized attention. To make this intervention model work, you need to believe that addiction is a medical issue that requires treatment to get better – not tough love or consequences.
Here are some ways you can practice love in a Love First Intervention:
- Have family members prepare letters expressing love and concern
- Help the addict practice positive affirmations of what life will be like once the addiction is over
- Commit to walking through the recovery journey with your loved one
- Come together as a unified group – work together to share a common goal
While the Love First Model might not be aggressive enough to get your loved one into treatment right away, it is flexible and can be customized to your needs. For example, some people don’t like being alone during their therapy sessions while others feel more comfortable with a few of their trusted friends.
Do Interventions Really Work?
There isn’t much data on interventions because it’s difficult to “prove” their effectiveness. Would we consider a successful intervention to be one where the addict agrees to seek treatment? What if they drop out of rehab right away? What if they relapse? What if they don’t agree to get help right away but decide later?
While the research is lacking, addicts are more likely to seek treatment when they undergo an intervention. This is also a time for families to share their feelings with their loved one and perhaps get some closure themselves. So, even if an intervention doesn’t help get an addict into treatment, there are still benefits to holding this meeting.
Additionally, when addicts have a good support system, they are more likely to stay in treatment and sustain their recovery. Holding an intervention can help bring the family together so that they’re on the same page and avoiding harmful behavior patterns like enabling.
Where to Find Help with Interventions
It’s not always easy to find help with interventions, but you don’t have to look far when you contact Acceptance Recovery Center in Scottsdale, AZ. We formulate personalized intervention programs for those dealing with drug or alcohol addiction.
Not only can we help with the intervention, but also we provide a seamless transition into treatment. Rather than having to find a treatment center on your own, Acceptance Recovery Center can move your loved one directly into our program. We offer a full spectrum of care that includes detox, outpatient therapy and sober living.
To speak with a member from our team, contact Acceptance Recovery Center today. We look forward to speaking with you and helping you form a successful intervention that encourages your loved one to acknowledge their problem and agree to start treatment.