Discover the Invitational Model of Intervention
Addiction is a devastatingly deadly disease. In fact, more people die yearly from addiction than in car crashes despite the fact that addiction is treatable. You don’t have to wait until your loved one hits rock-bottom to get help. With our guidance, your family can heal and overcome the disease of addiction.
While you may be concerned about the confrontational nature of interventions, we never ambush, force, or shame people into treatment. Our interventionist has been trained in the ARISE Invitational Intervention model. This process is designed to help families strengthen their relationships and come together rather than point blame at one person. From the start, we build family unity through respect — no surprises, no secrets, no coercion.
The mentality and behavior of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and unless they have structured help, they have no hope.
The ARISE® Invitational Model of Intervention
The ARISE® Invitational Intervention is an evidence-based method of getting people into treatment and on the path to recovery. ARISE® gets over 83% of addicted individuals into treatment. And, by the end of the first year of treatment, 61% of individuals are sober. In addition, Red Willow Counseling has the only certified ARISE® interventionist in the state of Utah.
The ARISE® Invitational Intervention isn’t just one meeting. It is a continuum of care that starts with the initial intervention meeting and gradually escalates until the addicted individual engages in treatment. Afterward, the family continues to meet weekly with the interventionist to change unhealthy family habits. Through intervention your family can break the repeated patterns of relapse and disappointment while creating renewed hope.
The First Call: To get started, call our certified ARISE interventionist for a free phone consultation at 385-313-0055. After collecting information and determining if an intervention is necessary, you’ll be guided to invite others into this process, set up the first meeting, and invite the addicted family member with compassion. The ARISE interventionist facilitates all of the intervention meetings.
Level 1 – First Meeting: In this initial meeting, we explore family dynamics, including healthy and unhealthy ways of connecting. Family and friends form an intervention network to express concerns and invite the addicted individual into treatment. After this step, 56% of individuals enter treatment.
Level 2 – Strength in Numbers: The intervention network continues to meet as a group to motivate the addicted loved one to get help. The intervention network also works on improving their individual and collective health. After two to five Level 2 meetings, 80% of addicted individuals enter treatment.
Level 3 – The Formal ARISE Intervention: If the individual has not yet entered treatment, we facilitate a formal intervention. Families establish consequences as a unified group and continue to work together toward healing. After this step, 83% of addicted individuals enter treatment.
After the individual struggling with addiction enters treatment, the family enters the ARISE continuing care process, which lasts for six months. We provide ongoing education and support and also encourage families to participate in a 12-step program or other support group. Our interventionist works collaboratively with your family to overcome the disease of addiction, prevent relapse, and create a promising future defined by resilience, solidarity, and hope.
Myths About Addiction
- People with addiction are bad, crazy, or stupid
- People with addiction show lack of willpower. They should “Just say No”
- Addiction is an individual problem
- People with addiction are disconnected from their families
- People with addiction won’t get help until they hit rock bottom
- A person has to want addiction treatment for it to be effective
- If people intervene, it will push the addicted individual away
- Using drugs and alcohol is a private and personal issue
- There is a single method of treatment to help all people with addiction
- Treatment doesn’t really work
- 28 days in treatment is usually enough for people with addiction to be healed
- If a person strongly desires to get sober, that’s all that is needed for long-term recovery
Ways for Family Members to Help Their Addicted Loved One
- Learn All You Can About Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. Utilize community resources such as Al Anon, USARA, NIDA, SAMHSA
- You can’t force someone to stop using. It’s not your job, and it’s impossible to do
- However, you can set boundaries with your loved one
- You can ask him/her to stop using and if he/she agrees, set up accountability to rebuild trust
- Balance compassion while not protecting the addicted person against consequences of their addictive behavior
- Codependency and Enabling are really families trying to connect and protect
- Don’t negate the impact the addiction has on you as a family—Denial
- You can reach out to others to get help—talking about how it impacts you is healthy and is not a betrayal
- Eliminate shame and guilt by addressing the issue without judgement
- Don’t wait for the addicted person to hit “Rock Bottom” before you intervene
- Balance the concepts of both Justice and Mercy as you interact with them
- Realize that, in all our lives, growth only happens through pain
- Find support for yourself in your own spiritual practice
- Don’t take over their responsibilities, leaving them with no sense of importance or dignity
- Don’t do something for your addicted loved one that he/she can do for themselves
- Don’t hide or dump bottles, throw out drugs, or shelter them
- Don’t cover up or make excuses for the alcoholic or problem drinker or shield them from the realistic consequences of their behavior
- No more keeping secrets
- Don’t argue with the addicted person when they are impaired
- Don’t try to drink along with the problem drinker
- Address addictive behavior with firm and non-shaming boundaries. “I won’t support you staying sick, but I’ll support you getting well”
- Come together as a unified family to address the issue
- Don’t attempt to punish, threaten, bribe, or preach
- Don’t try to be a martyr. Avoid emotional appeals that may only increase feelings of guilt
- Above all, don’t feel guilty or responsible for another’s behavior
- “Is what you are doing helping them on a long-term basis”?