Drug & Alcohol Interventions – Family Interventions2023-04-27T18:33:50-04:00

Intervention FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the ARISE Model for Interventions?2023-02-15T21:45:34-05:00

The ARISE model was developed by Dr. Judi Miller, who is a world renowned expert in addiction interventions. Dr. Miller has been working in the addiction field for over 30 years, and her research has shown that interventions using the ARISE model are much more successful than traditional confrontational interventions.

Taken from The ARISE® intervention and continuum of care by José Luis Martinez:

ARISE® Intervention and Continuing Care is a process developed to help individuals and families dealing with addiction (either substances or process/behavioural addictions) or any chronic, relapsing mental or physical illness. ARISE® is a process, not an event, and the primary goal is long-term recovery and healing for individual and family. Results of a clinical trial in the United States through the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) resulted in 83% of addicted individuals entering treatment in three weeks and 96% in 6 months. Several real world replication studies showed 61% sober by the end of the first year, with an additional 10% using less.

What if the subject of my intervention refuses to participate?2023-02-15T21:45:35-05:00

Almost every caller tells us that they think that their loved one is not willing to get help. Outwardly, many addicts act as if they don’t need anyone and don’t want help. This is a deception. They are attempting to protect their addiction and to hide their shame. Addicts actually crave support from family members and will work with family members to seek out help with the right supports.

Can you force someone into rehab like the interventions on TV?2023-02-15T21:45:35-05:00

The best way to encourage an addicted person to go into treatment is to surround them with love and support, then give them the resources they need to make the decision for themselves. For both legal and ethical reasons, we would never take a client anywhere against their will, nor would we begin treatment without their consent. While we understand the frustration that families feel by the time they call for an intervention, but there is no safe or ethical way to force someone into treatment.

What if the subject of my intervention refuses to go to treatment?2023-02-15T21:45:35-05:00

An intervention is much more than just a one shot meeting with the addicted person. It is very likely that an addicted person will say no at the first attempt at talking them into a program of recovery. In fact, most of the clients we work with say no at first. We have to let go of the pressure of the first NO, that is where our work begins. We adopt an attitude of ‘we will do what it takes to help the addicted person’.

Does someone who’s a “functional alcoholic” need an intervention?2023-02-15T21:45:36-05:00

“Functional alcoholics” are often the people who would benefit the most from an intervention. When someone defines themselves as a functional alcoholic or addict, they usually mean, “My addiction doesn’t impede my professional life.” This statement is another justification, or a “hall pass” given to justify addiction. Most addicts hold a portion of their life together, and maybe even excel in one aspect (think rock stars and celebrity addicts). However, when someone is in active addiction, their life will not function at a high level for long–the time spent drinking or using is robbing from other areas of their life.

Here’s another way of thinking about “functional alcoholics”: if a person is able to maintain the illusion of control while addicted to drugs or alcohol, think about how successful that person could be without drugs and alcohol stealing focus from the important areas of life.

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