Much has been talked about the Johnson model of intervention in this blog which is similar to the A&E program Intervention. There are other options of intervention, one of them being the Family Systemic Model. A Family Systemic Model is a way that an entire family can truly heal from an addiction as a whole if the family is involved with the treatment. The ultimate goal of the Family Systemic Model is the entire family will become motivated to seek treatment for themselves and to teach them the following healthy traits:
Communicating in a healthy way
Family Systemic Model vs Johnson Model of Intervention
There are five basic points of a Family Systemic Model, which takes a regular intervention and gives a twist, focusing on the entire family along with the addict. A normal intervention has five points that basically describe what goes on. These five points include:
· All meetings prior to the intervention only involve the family members. The addict is not told about the intervention.
· The intervention occurs only once – this is strictly for effectiveness.
· An Intervention occurs in a controlled environment that includes a trained counselor.
· Once the intervention occurs, daily life must go on.
· An addict must choose whether or not they enter into rehab. Whether they agree to it or not, the family must stick firm to the consequences that were outlined during the Intervention.
A Family Systemic Model Intervention is completely different. The following points listed below show how a family systemic model is outlined as well as how it differs from a normal intervention.
· There are no planned meetings that are hidden from the addict. In fact, when a meeting is set up with a trained interventionist the addict goes to the very first one.
· During the meetings, all family members and the addict openly discuss the way the addict’s behavior has impacted each one’s lives. It is not a one way conversation – it can go back in forth in a controlled manner.
· Instead of having one big meeting for the intervention, there could be several meetings a week and the process can last months at a time.
· Both the addict and family members commit to entering some type of counseling. Most likely, the addict will attend an inpatient rehab to get over the addiction. Afterward, the addict will join the family therapy sessions that occur while he/she is in rehab. The family commits to therapy sessions while the addict is in rehab as well as afterward as one family unit.
The Family Systemic works best in a situation where the individual who’s suffering from substance abuse is still able to manage his/her own daily tasks with some efficiency. Going to work, paying bills and the ability to run errands are important for the family systemic. In short: the person has not hit “Rock Bottom” and can still engage in this session. They do not need medical assistance and do not need to be medically detoxed especially in the case of alcohol abuse. If the individual is using drugs or alcohol around the clock on a consistent basis, its best to consider the more formal approach (Johnson Model) to an intervention as this person most likely will not be able to participate in the Family Systemic approach and its sessions.