Making the decision to confront a loved one about their addiction is a brave, loving act. Many of us witness the destructive habits of the ones we care about and we either feel helpless, unheard, or rejected in our efforts to prevent their addiction from worsening. Interventions are an excellent way to generate a serious discussion amongst friends, family members, and co-workers, along with the addicted loved one so they can recognize the impact of their decisions on themselves and others. There are, however, a few successful techniques that have been used for interventions.

ARISE Intervention Model: Combining both a combination of direct and indirect intervention, this model focuses on the entire family and seeks to educate both the family and the addicted person, and encourages all to seek treatment and education. A study conducted by researchers in New York found that of 110 substance users, ARISE found an 83% success rate, with 95% of participants choosing treatment and 5% choosing self-help.

The Systemic Family Model: This serves as a toolkit for the entire family, and only happens once. The family may meet in secret to gain more education about addiction, or they may include their loved one to facilitate a family discussion on how addiction is impacting everyone and what needs to happen next. This model can be continued even if the person accepts to seek treatment, as family members can continue to learn more about what they can do to help themselves and each other.

Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT): A skills based program, the Center for Motivation and Change states that several skills can be learned by family members to help address a loved one’s resistance to seeking to help. Skills include understanding a loved one’s triggers to use substances, positive communication strategies, positive reinforcement strategies (rewarding non-using behavior), problem solving, self-care, domestic violence precautions, and getting a loved one to accept help. This technique takes more time as family members learn behavioral and motivational strategies for interacting with their loved one.

Varieties of interventions involve direct, indirect, and forcible. As one can guess, forcible interventions should be considered a last resort, as the best option is for our loved ones to choose treatment for themselves. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) reports that 90% of interventions are successful when family and an intervention specialist are involved.

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