Getting a Loved One to Treatment
Convincing a loved one to accept help and enter treatment can be one of the most difficult experiences we face. Most of us have tried using love, fear, and bottom lines to deliver the message to family members suffering from addiction, alcoholism, or other difficult mental health issues. We may have even staged an intervention in the past based off what we learned from popular TV shows. This may work to curb the addictive behavior, but in most cases, the relief was only temporary. The loved one eventually slipped back into old behaviors. Failed attempts may have led to feelings of hopelessness and desperation.
When someone mentions intervention, we almost always think of the family coming together and presenting well thought out letters urging our fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters to accept help. To seal the deal, bottom-lines are given and clear boundaries drawn. This popular style of intervention is known as the Johnson Model.
- Team of family and friends assembled by qualified interventionist.
- Utilizes the elements of surprise and confrontation.
- Family, friends, and interventionist meet 2 or 3 times ahead of actual event.
- Letters focused on evidence, clear consequences should be provided.
- Focused on care, not meant to be condemning.
- Focused on addiction, nothing from the past.
- Primary goal is acceptance of treatment.
This model is highly effective in encouraging a loved one to accept help and enter treatment. In addition to the use of surprise and confrontation, the Johnson Model helps speed up the process of hitting “rock bottom” by providing firm bottom lines. The Johnson Model concludes once a person has entered a treatment facility.
Family Inclusive Model
Sabino Recovery understands that in most cases, a fundamental shift in the family dynamic needs to take place. The goal of the family approach is to help the family shift the focus from the addicted individual to the healing of the entire family. Utilizing evidence-based, best practice methods, the interventionist aids in creating and unifying the family and support system. The result becomes an intervention network.
- Utilizes an invitational, non-confrontational, and transparent approach.
- The loved one is invited to participate in every stage of the process, no surprises.
- The entire family is empowered as part of the Intervention Network.
- Intensity of meetings gradually increases until the loved one enters treatment.
- The network remains involved, having regular meetings to monitor progress and continue support before, during, and after treatment.
- Interventionist remains working with family for 3-6 months, offering continued support and guidance towards complete family healing.
It is important that loved ones remember that addiction is progressive and will continue to worsen. If your loved one is resistant to treatment or in denial about their situation, Sabino Recovery can arrange an intervention to best suit the needs of the family, please call us to find out more about how interventions work and how it might benefit your situation.