Alcohol Addiction Intervention
We understand how painful it is to cope when a loved one is struggling with alcohol dependency. Our qualified and caring interventionists have years of experience with alcohol addiction intervention. You are not alone. We are committed to helping your family heal from the wounds caused by addiction as your loved one begins the path to recovery.
Are you unsure if your loved one is addicted?
With the prolific use of alcohol in many communities, it can be difficult to identify when a person has a problem. We are trained to help you determine whether someone you care about is addicted. Some signs and symptoms of alcohol dependency include the following (according to the DSM–5):
- Increased tolerance: Does your loved one have to drink more than they used to in order to get the same effect?
- Withdrawal symptoms: Do they shake, sweat, or become restless when they haven’t had a drink for awhile? Do they have trouble sleeping without drinking first?
- Unsuccessful attempts to quit: Have they tried to “cut back,” stop drinking, or quit drinking for a day or two, only to begin drinking again?
- Inability to stop once started: Do they drink more than they intended to in one sitting? Do they say they’ll “just have a couple” but drink more than that?
Our Two Proven Alcohol Intervention Strategies
Johnson Model of Intervention
Created in the 1960s by Dr. Veron Johnson, the Johnson Model uses a surprise, non-invitational strategy and is intended to involve family and friends in the intervention process as much as possible. Loved ones have every opportunity to share their feelings and concerns, and participate in the planning and implementation of the intervention by writing letters to the addicted individual. The Johnson Model includes a 60-90 minute rehearsal to help prepare participants for the intervention meeting.
ARISE® Model of Intervention
The ARISE® Model was developed by Dr. Judith Landau, and is an Evidence Best Practice method designed to help people suffering with addiction achieve long-term recovery. It focuses not only on the goal of treatment entry and completion, but also on helping the entire family recover and heal. The ARISE® Model implements levels of intervention for the best chance of getting an individual to enter treatment and includes comprehensive continuing care, which lasts for six months.
What to Expect from the Alcohol Intervention Process
We have years of experience guiding families through the process of intervening and helping their loved ones decide to take the first steps on the road to treatment and recovery.
Here’s how the process works:
- Free phone consultation: We will discuss your loved one’s symptoms and help you determine if an intervention is right for your family.
- Initial assessment: We will listen to your hopes and concerns, and work with you and your family to determine how to proceed.
- Treatment referrals, recommendations, and travel arrangements: We will help you select the right treatment center for your loved one and make arrangements for their treatment.
- Family coaching and intervention preparation: We will explain the process and prepare you and all participants for the intervention; we may also hold a rehearsal the day before.
- Intervention meeting: Your interventionist will facilitate the meeting and implement the intervention strategy, with the help of your loved one’s closest family and friends, to help them make the decision to enter treatment.
- Transportation to treatment: We can act as a sober companion and help transport your loved one to their treatment facility.
- Continuing care (ARISE) or after care coordination (Johnson): We do more than just coordinate the initial intervention. Recovery is a process, and we are dedicated to being there for you and your family for as long as you need us.
Recovery Is Possible
Addiction takes a toll, both on the dependent individual and on everyone who cares about them.
We have helped countless families impacted by addiction intervene in a supportive, loving, and effective way to help their loved ones recognize the harm caused by addiction and make the choice to enter treatment and begin to heal.