Our guest on this episode of the Addicted Mind podcast is Jack Bloomfield, a specialist in the ARISE model of interventions. This model is an alternative to the “traditional” form of confrontational interventions created in the 1960s by Dr. Johnson. In this confrontational model, the focus is very much on the addict, usually involving an ambush-type situation where several family members trick the addict into coming to a certain location where they are presented with some type of “go to rehab tomorrow or else…” ultimatum.

Due to the heartfelt emotions in this situation, addicts are likely to agree to go to rehab, but 70% of them will leave rehab within 2 weeks because they didn’t make the decision to enter on their own terms.

They usually feel anger and resentment towards their family which proves to be counterproductive to the family’s original desires and plan.

The ARISE model of intervention is different and successful in 3 areas:

It is an invitation model.

The addict is invited to a “family meeting” where they likely know what will be discussed.

The dialogue changes from “you have a problem” to “we, as a family, have a problem.”

80% of addicts will come when they are invited.

50% of those happen because they recognize that they have a problem

50% will go because they don’t think they have a problem and want to defend themselves

The focus is on the family.

The family indicates that they recognize that they all have things they need to work on in themselves, and they have reached out to someone who can help them all as a family.

The addict does not feel singled out.

The interventionist works with the family for 6 months.

By committing to continuing care, the family creates a safe place for all of them to work on and discuss their issues and their progress during weekly accountability phone calls.

This timeframe empowers the addict to make their own choices and not feel forced or pressured into action.

They may decide that rehab, intensive outpatient treatment, or just consistent AA meetings are their best option.

During and after the addict addresses their issue, the family is all on the same page and speaking the same language because they have all been on a healing journey together.

The incredible statistic is that while 70% of addicts who enter rehab as a result of a confrontational intervention will leave within 2 weeks, only 2% of addicts who enter rehab as a result of an ARISE intervention will disappear within 30 days.

This gives so much hope to the families waiting for a breakthrough in the life of their loved one who struggles with addiction.

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For more information about the ARISE intervention model, visit www.arise-network.com.