I utilize the The ARISE Model developed by Dr. Judith Landau and James Garrett, an evidence-based, best practice model. This is an Invitational style of Intervention, meaning that your loved one is invited to participate in the process at all stages. There are no surprises and no “gotcha’s”, only clear communication and definite boundaries, executed with love and respect. The initial goal is to get your loved one motivated to accept treatment, with a secondary goal of family healing and recovery.
In this style of Intervention, it is my job as the Intervention Specialist to be an educator and a facilitator. As such, throughout the ARISE process, I:
- Provide important information and knowledge around substance abuse, addiction, and recovery to all involved individuals
- Coordinate, manage, and mediate the meetings
- Ensure a caring environment that avoids blame or shame
- Facilitate a focused discussion throughout the process
- Ensure clear and respectful verbal exchanges
A key piece of any Intervention is the Intervention Network. This is the group of individuals who are committed to helping to motivate your loved one into treatment AND, in the case of an ARISE Intervention, who are committed to both individual and family healing and recovery.
As the ARISE Intervention Network develops, it is critical that all group members attend all of the scheduled sessions. Regardless of what your loved one chooses to do, if the rest of the Network is committed to the process, the changes that the Network members make will change the responses of your loved one. The members of the Network are encouraged to act as a Board of Directors, dealing with the loved one as a group rather than one on one, to avoid any pressure or manipulation that may sneak into the process. The loving support and the coordinated responses assist in supporting your loved one and all members of the Network.
What are the Stages of an ARISE Intervention?
According to research, the ARISE Intervention method gets over 83% of addicted individuals into treatment, with 61% sober by the end of the first year(1). This statistic does show that not all Interventions meet the ultimate goal of getting your loved one into treatment, or ensuring that your loved one will maintain sobriety once they complete treatment. However, it does show a significant chance of success if the Network follows the process. There are two stages to an ARISE Intervention: the Intervention Stage and the Continuing Care Stage.
In the Intervention Stage, there are 3 gradually escalating phases that are used as needed. The goal of this stage is to motivate your loved one to agree to go to treatment. This is done through bringing the Intervention Network together to act as a supportive, cohesive group. Through a series of face to face meetings, Network members will express concern, set clear boundaries, encourage and support your loved one, and ultimately develop consequences for your loved one if they do not go into treamtment.
Continuing Care Stage
Once your loved one enters treatment, we move into the Continuing Care Stage. The goal of this stage is individual healing and recovery AND family healing and recovery. I will work with your loved one, the treatment center, and the Intervention Network in order to to ensure treatment completion, provide relapse prevention skills, and encourage work towards resolution of ongoing, pervasive issues that keep individuals stuck. Through scheduled weekly contacts, the Intervention Network members will continue to be ecouraged to act as Board Members with your loved one and to do their own work around employment, life style, social circle, family relationships, and personal decisions.
If you are interested in learning more from the ARISE founder, Judith Landau, here is her TED Talk from 2013.
If you are looking for specific family and Intervention resources, you can find some here. If you are looking for more information about the different types of Intervention methods, you can find that information here.