The Intervention

Interventions are a proven process to separate an individual from the disease of

addiction. Each intervention is carefully crafted to match the process with the

individual, and create the treatment placement, on-going planning, case

management, and family changes to obtain best outcomes. Research shows length

of time in treatment is the number one indicator of treatment success, our seasoned

interventionist work side by side with families and their affected loved ones to

develop long term treatment plans that require recovery



The most well-known approach is the Johnson Model of Intervention. This type of intervention puts the addict in direct “Carefrontation” with an interventionist and a group of loved ones, often without the individual’s prior knowledge. It can either be Invitational, as a consensual gathering, or Non-Invitational, depending on the addict’s situation.

There are five basic components:

  • Planning is kept secret: a team of friends, family, and other loved ones is organized, to be the only ones involved in meetings before the intervention. The intervention is kept a secret from the sufferer until all preparations are made.

  • Preparations include, Determining insurance benefits, appropriate treatment placement, and transportation arrangements, including escort to treatment.

  • A safe and controlled setting is important, led by a highly trained interventionist, in which evidence for the addiction is presented, and the goal is to get the loved one to agree to treatment.

  • Everyday life must resume for the intervention team, once the meeting is complete.

  • Explanation of consequences are given to the loved one by the intervention group, in the event that the addict turns down the need for treatment. The interventionist will help the family to stand firm, and carry out the natural consequence of addiction, if rehabilitation is not accepted, along with counseling the family in making appropriate changes within the family that support recovery.


The Engagement is a less confrontational and more gradual approach to getting the addict into treatment. It has a few notable differences from the Direct Intervention strategy:

  • Planning is transparent: every planned meeting is known by the person battling the addiction. He or she is present at the very first meeting.

  • Meetings are open but controlled: Guided by the trained interventionist, all members of the intervention team, together with the addict, take part in the discussions. Everyone is allowed to discuss how the loved one’s addiction has affected their lives.

  • Multiple meetings instead of one big event. An Engagement approach requires time and patience, and can continue over a period of many months.

  • Everyone commits to counseling, not just the addict. While the sufferer will often enter a treatment center for more intensive rehabilitation, her or she will also be included in family therapy sessions alongside the individual treatment. Family counseling continues even after the initial rehab program is complete.

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