The Johnson Model: When most people think of an intervention, they likely picture something similar to the Johnson Model. This type of intervention involves family and friends confronting the addict about their behavior. The intervention team members make it clear that they fully support the addict in their recovery; however, consequences are spelled out should the addict choose to not seek treatment. These consequences may include no longer providing the addict with housing or money. It’s important for team members to enforce the consequences if the addict does not seek treatment. While the Johnson Model is effective in many cases, it doesn’t work for everyone. Some addicts feel great shame and anger at being confronted in this manner.
The Systemic Model: This type of intervention works better for those who don’t respond to confrontation well. Rather than presenting the addict with consequences if they don’t seek treatment, this model focuses on positive encouragement. Team members encourage the addict to choose positive behaviors, such as sobriety, rather than turning to negative behaviors, like drinking or using.,/p>
The Invitational Model: Whereas the Johnson Model employs an element of surprise on the addict, the Invitational Model does the opposite. The addict is invited to a meeting with an interventionist but given all the information on what the meeting will entail. With this information, the addict can then decide if they wish to attend. Even if the addict doesn’t come to the meeting, team members still meet with the interventionist to discuss what to do next.
The Field Model: This type of intervention combines aspects of the Invitational Model and the Johnson Model. Ultimately, it’s a flexible format that is adapted to the situation at hand. Many decisions in this model are made “in the field,” allowing interventionists to choose what is best at the moment.
There are some types of interventions that don’t fit any specific model. A professional interventionist can assess the situation and then opt for a strategy that will work best. Since the ultimate goal is for your loved one to seek treatment, it’s important to approach them in the best possible way.
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