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Addiction Interventions – Recovery Solutions

There are many recovery models for the intervention and recovery process which may include the following.

  • 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 addicted person about their behavior. Loved ones are educated on the risks of their enabling behaviors, desired outcome of the intervention, exploration of their needs, and a plan to conduct the intervention beforehand.

  • The Systemic Model – This type of intervention works better for those who don’t respond to confrontation well. The addicted person is involved in all meetings with the interventionist and loved ones, where all participants, including the addicted person, speak about how the addict’s behavior has affected them, allowing for a discussion rather than a confrontation.
  • The ARISE Model – This type of intervention is still aimed at getting the addicted person into treatment, but is less confrontational that the Johnson Model, does not incorporate the element of surprise, and takes into account the needs of the loved ones along with the addicted person’s needs. This model has three stages, the first of which is a call from a loved one to a specially trained ARISE interventionist.

Understanding the addicted person’s personality and understanding what approach to implement is the job of a good interventionist. This is where education and experience are important in choosing the right interventionist. 

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My experience with interventions began in the early 1980’s participating in crises interventions in the healthcare field.

I am a Board Registered Interventionist through the Association of Intervention Specialist Credentialing Board (AISCB), a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Recovery Specialist II (Certified Addiction Specialist-CAS II), a Nationally Certified Addiction Counselor (NCAC) and a Registered Nurse.  I am trained and experienced in the Johnson, Systemic, and Arise model’s of intervention and I am also a Certified Arise Interventionist (CAI).

I am a member of the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC), the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC), the Network of Independent Interventionists (NII) and The Association of Arise Interventionists (AAI). In addition I serve on the boards of NII and PALM (Problems of Addiction in Labor and Management)

I have worked in state licensed inpatient addiction treatment centers and detoxification facilities as a nurse, counselor, program developer, educator and director of admissions. My experience and knowledge of the intervention, treatment and recovery process has given me the resources and skill needed to implement comprehensive, effective recovery plans for addicts and their families.



What is an intervention? Intervention is a professionally directed, education process resulting in a face to face meeting of family members, friends and/or employer with the person in trouble with alcohol or drugs. People who struggle with addiction are often in...