What styles of interventions are used?

An intervention can occur several different ways and with a variety of approaches. The Johnson Model and the Invitational Intervention are two common methods. Regardless of the model, interventions should not be rushed and should include of at least one planning session. Aspen’s interventionists will help you plan the intervention and determine what model would work best for your family and loved one.

The Johnson Model
The Johnson Model is the intervention style that is most publicly known. This model was developed by Vernon Johnson and is the first formal method for intervening on individuals with substance use disorders.  This model focuses on the positive aspects of the addict’s personality and the negative changes that occur as a result of his/her addiction. Specific examples of the individual’s behavior are presented in a loving, caring approach with the intent of breaking through
the addict’s denial mechanism and encouraging him/her to seek help.

On average, more than 90% of those with addictions accept treatment using this model. Should the addict decline, the group is prepared to provide serious consequences that will make a considerable negative impact on his/her life. This leverage often is sufficient to convince them.

The Invitational Intervention
In the Invitational Intervention model, the addicted individual is invited to participate in the intervention process from the beginning—with no surprises, no secrets and no coercion but with respect and love. This method also is commonly called the ARISE Intervention and Continuing Care.

The individual does not need to hit bottom before getting help.  The ARISE process breaks the cycle of repeated disappointment and failure without the blame, shame and guilt that accompanies the disease. It brings healing to family, friends and co-workers who come together to build a solid recovery network. It works because the entire network is involved and every decision is made by the majority.

The focus of ARISE is on the individual’s and family’s healing and recovery. With ARISE, more than 83% of individuals with addictions enter into treatment and 61% remain sober by the end of the first year.