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The Johnson Model Intervention

The Johnson Model Intervention is a popular intervention strategy, used by friends and family members to encourage a loved one to seek treatment for an addiction to substances.

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The Johnson Model Intervention

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports “In 2015, an estimated 2.3 million people aged 12 or older who needed substance use treatment received treatment at a specialty facility in the past year. This number represents 10.8 percent of the 21.7 million people who needed substance use treatment in the past year. It is clear that methods such as the Johnson Model Intervention are necessary to get those that need treatment into the right recovery program.

Understanding the Johnson Treatment Model

The Johnson Model Intervention and treatment model is oppositional in an effort to get a person addicted to substances into treatment. The main goal is to get the person into a treatment program where they can begin the process of recovery. It is the most commonly used intervention model and one where a meeting with providers, friends, family members, and the addicted person is set up to confront the individual with what is going on. In most cases, the individual who needs help is not aware that a meeting is going to occur.

The Johnson Intervention Model is designed to reach the person addicted to substances before they hit the bottom and need help. This is a planned approach to force the bottom to occur. Those involved with the intervention state to their loved one why treatment is necessary, and that they are not going to participate in their addiction any longer. Family and friends state that they want the loved one to receive treatment and that if treatment is refused, they are going to part ways.

The Johnson Treatment Model involves seven components. There is an intervention team led by a counselor that is a drug intervention specialist. Family, friends, and co-workers of the person addicted to substances create the rest of the team.

Planning is then done to discuss the challenges of getting the individual to accept treatment and to prepare for the upcoming intervention meeting. A focus on care is vital to the success of the intervention. At no time should the addicted individual be condemned for their actions.

The Johnson Treatment Model is focused on the addiction only. The discussion is important, and it must stay focused on the addiction. This is not the time to bring up past behaviors that have nothing to do with the addiction. The cause of the addiction and when it started are good places to begin when having this discussion.

Any evidence of the addiction should be talked about and provided in letters written to the addicted person. This will help uncover the truth surrounding the addiction, and provide a basis for a solution to the addiction.

The overall goal of the Johnson Model Intervention is to get the individual who is addicted to substances to accept going to treatment. It is not seen as punishment, but as a way to get their life back from addiction. Treatment options will have to be identified and be readily available if the person addicted to substances is willing to go to treatment.

Why Choose the Johnson Model Intervention?

Many people who are addicted to substances do not see a problem with their addiction. While the Johnson Model is a confrontational approach, it is one that lets the person know that the people that love and support them know what is going on. In the intervention, loved ones are able to share their concerns about what is going on in the life of the addicted person.

This type of intervention allows the family and friends of those impacted by an addiction to confront the problem with the help of professionals and the support of each other. It isn’t easy to stage an intervention, and many people who struggle with an addiction are angry when an intervention is planned. It is a way for the family and friends of the individual to create clear boundaries around what behaviors they are no longer going to accept. An intervention can help:

  • An addicted person realize their loved ones know about the addiction
  • Motivate a person to seek the treatment they need
  • Strengthen a support network for a person that needs to seek addiction treatment
  • Clarify the cause of addiction and the resources available

Staging an intervention is done with the help of a trained individual that provides support for everyone during the process. The focus is on getting the person with addiction into treatment, and not getting mad about their past. For family members and close friends, this is an opportunity to encourage a loved one to seek the help they need to fight an addiction. It takes planning for the intervention to occur, and those involved will take a look at their feelings around why they want the person to seek treatment. It is designed to be a personal approach, giving the person addicted to substances a way out of their addiction. It isn’t easy to break free from an addiction, but it can start with an intervention planned by loved ones.

When a loved one is in need of an intervention, it’s time to call Addiction Interventions to get a free consultation from a trained interventionist. Using the Johnson Model Intervention technique, it is possible to heal from an addiction one step at a time. Healing is possible once treatment is in place.

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