Interventions are increasingly common as a tool to obtain the willingness of an addict or alcoholic to begin treatment. As more interventionists enter the industry, they bring new ideas, some of which are effective while others are not. At Family First Intervention, we use our own intervention model, SPARED or Systemic Process of Accountability, Repair, Education, and Direction. Our goal is not to force or coerce the addict or alcoholic into treatment, but to have your love one accept accountability for the addiction by directing him or her and the family onto a new path. As the intervention model suggests, we also strive to educate and repair the family and the family system that have been broken by the addiction, all while striving toward the goal of making the addict or alcoholic accept responsibility for the addiction. Almost everyone says an addict has to want help or hit rock bottom in order to get well. There is some truth to that. However, unless the family, the existing boundaries, and the platform in which the addiction exists are to change, your loved one will never want help. Our process is similar to the traditional systemic model. We make changing the entire situation and family system our first goal. Until the family gets healthy, it is almost impossible for the addict or alcoholic to follow suit and get well, too.
In addition to the models described above, the Johnson Model is rarely, if ever, used by Family First Intervention. The focus of any intervention should always have a systemic component so that the family can get on a healthy path as well. Intervention is not about a motivational speech to convince temporarily the addict or alcoholic to change; it is about setting healthy boundaries so families and their loved ones don’t have to keep going through the endless cycle of insanity. The addiction is not the fault of the family; however, it is almost always the family’s responsibility for allowing their loved one to take control of the family’s emotions and decisions in order to make the addiction more comfortable for the abuser. Family First Intervention is able to help you and your loved one come together, get well, and increase the chances for sobriety and long-term success.