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San Francisco Interventionists: Intervention Models

Drug, alcohol and addiction intervention has come a long way since it was first developed by Vernon Johnson in the 1960's. Today, there are two basic models of professional intervention in use. They differ from each other in very significant ways.

The Johnson Model
This model is the one most people are familiar with; it is the model used on the A and E show, Intervention. It is also known as the "surprise" or "confrontational" model, or with some adaptations it is known as "motivational". It is very short in duration, usually no more than 2 hours. It is a complete surprise to the alcoholic or addict, who is the target of the intervention. There is usually little preparation and virtually no education provided about the disease of addiction or co-dependency. With this model, the addict is confronted and pushed into treatment. This can alienate the addict and further separate him or her from the family unit.

The Systemic Family Intervention (SFI)
SFI differs from the Johnson Model in two important ways, making it preferable in most every case. It is invitational and educational.

1. Invitational - Everyone is invited to attend the 2-day family workshop (SFI), including the addict or alcoholic. With SFI, you lead the way to recovery rather than pushing. There are no surprises, no hiding, no sneaking, no deception, no dishonesty. This difference is critical for everyone involved and a key to the beginning of recovery. Addiction has caused serious damage to family relationships; healing begins with the SFI workshop.

2. Educational - SFI is a 2-day educational and interactive family workshop wherein all participants learn about the disease of alcoholism, addiction, co-dependency, treatment, treatment options and recovery. All participants are helped into recovery thereby addressing their own specific needs and pain.

Intervention Model Comparison

Johnson Model

Focus on the Identified Patient
Focus on Individual
Goal of Treatment for Individual
Potentially Disrespectful
No Education
Professionally Directed at Intervention
Impact from Shock/Power of Group
Message: YOU Need Help
Fear of Failure

Systemic Family Model (SFI)

Focus on the Family System
Focus on the Disease
Goal of Family (Systemic) Health
Gentle and Respectful
Professionally Directed at Preparation
Impact from Change in System
Message: WE Need Help
There is No Failure (Win/Win)