About The Johnson Model
The Johnson Model is one of the most common intervention methods. The purpose of this intervention is to help motivate the individual to seek treatment. Using a direct and confrontational strategy, The Johnson Model relies heavily on a caregiver, which is someone close to the person, such as a parent, spouse, or even a grandparent. This method is deeply entrenched in the belief that an individual must hit rock bottom before acknowledging and accepting they need help. To help the person seek treatment sooner, the intervention accelerates the process of “hitting rock bottom” by giving him or her ultimatums, including severing ties with family members if they choose not to accept the treatment. We strive to ensure the individual knows that although these ultimatums seem harsh, they are always loved, and it’s to help protect them from additional harm and motivate them to seek treatment. Brandon, Debbie, and their skilled team know how difficult it is to confront a loved one about their issues. We are honored to offer support and provide guidance throughout the entire intervention process.
Johnson Model Candidates
The Johnson Model works best for a chemically or behaviorally dependent individual who thinks they do not have a problem. This method can help individuals who realize their destructive behaviors, but they’re not ready to stop. Additionally, this model is especially helpful for individuals who have mental health disorders because many times, you cannot completely rationalize with them. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, 50 percent of people who suffer from severe mental illness are affected by drugs and alcohol abuse. Sometimes, caregivers accidentally enable the individual, and they might make excuses for the addict or fault it on the mental illness as the cause. Unfortunately, this might positively reinforce the addict to continue their behavior. Because of the strong focus on the caregiver role in this type of intervention, family members who regularly help the chemically or behaviorally dependent individual have the potential to motivate him or her to seek treatment.
The Johnson Model Steps
Before the intervention, the caregiver reaches out to the individual’s close friends, additional family members, or other important people who are a part of his or her social network. We can help the caregiver determine the best people to select. Once the caregiver has a few people, Brandon and Debbie will conduct private meetings the person at risk does not know about. During this training process, we educate the group about enablement, bring the behavioral facts to light, prepare the intervention statements/letters, determine the role of each member, and handle other details to orchestrate an effective intervention.
After developing a plan, everyone will meet in a safe location to confront the individual about his or her dangerous behavior. Debbie and Brandon make it easier by traveling across the U.S. to a location that works best for the family and the individual who needs help. The group will provide detailed accounts and evidence to show why the person needs help. Additionally, the account should not include information about other topics outside of the addiction. It’s very important to note that the individual is never shamed or yelled at during an intervention. In this process, we will guide the discussion while the person hears how their addiction, substance use disorder, and/or mental illness has impacted the people he or she loves.
What Happens Next?
After the intervention, we hope the individual decides to seek treatment. This means the person understands and accepts they have a problem. They no longer deny the severity of their situation. Once this happens, we can use our transportation services to safely move the individual to a treatment center of their choice.
Unfortunately, it is important to realize some interventions do not work. If this happens, the members of the group will have to uphold their boundaries, which includes cutting off all interaction with the individual. As hard as it is, this will prevent the family or employer from continuing to enable the individual. It’s vital to their recovery that you maintain these boundaries. Please remember, we will guide you through this difficult time.
""Debbie and Brandon (Wow, what a team) With their combined talents of strength, organizational skills, patience, kindness and passion; timeless efforts and persistence...when you thought that all was lost, they put it out to the universe to let the greater powers that be take charge..and take charge he did." - Michigan"- J.T. / Office Visit / Sep 26, 2019
""Debbie, words cannot express our gratitude for what you, Brandon, and the entire production staff has done for ...... and our family. Life truly is amazing, thru the power of prayer and the trust that we have in God he sent us you for help in one of our greatest times of need. We felt so powerless, and then somehow God sent you into our lives with a message of hope for our son, ........ I thought I was a strong guy until I met you, but I have truly met one of the strongest women I have ever met in my life. Thank God you took charge and forever changed the destiny of your son Brandon’s life. He is truly an incredible man to have overcome such odds and I know how much you love him and he loves you. Our prayers were truly answered this weekend as you took time away from your family to try and save our sons life and we will be forever grateful for that. Debbie you are a wonderful lady with a great message to the world that thru perseverance there is hope for everyone suffering from addiction. I have thru this process this weekend learned one more powerful lesson that was reinforced so strongly this weekend that the power of love is unstoppable, and always brings out the best in all of us. Love for one another has and will continue to be the greatest message of hope that we offer any one in a time of need. Thanks so much for your expression of love for our family. You were right I feel like I was hit by a Mack truck when I awoke this morning. I have been sitting at my desk this morning with my sunglasses on because my eyes look so bad. My door is closed and I have just been weeping from all that has happened. I feel relief, sadness, and happiness and have never felt like this before. I found myself this morning while unloading ....... golf bag, smelling his worn clothing, and I said to myself what is wrong with you. I look forward to the day I can smell him again in person because of your kindness. Debbie please don’t hesitate to call on me for anything that I can do for your organization, or your family I will be there for you just ask. May God richly bless you for the work that you are doing." B.P. - New Jersey"- B.P. / Office Visit / Sep 26, 2019
"I feel enormous respect for you Debbie and Brandon, and your work as specialists in the field of addiction and recovery. Your compassion and your expertise, to be calm in the eye of the storm, builds momentum. Together as a family you show what love is, and sometimes, love is courage. Brandon I'm glad you’re alive, and Debbie and Doug, I'm glad you took Brandon seriously and reached out to Dr. Phil. Brandon, I'm happy you are using you talents and dynamic personality to inspire and to lead others, especially for boys and men in our communities. As a mother against impaired driving and as a teacher, I wholeheartedly support your efforts. T. S. - California"- TS / Office Visit / Sep 26, 2019
""I just wanted to take a moment and thank both you and Brandon for all your help this past weekend. What you do is so amazing and I will be forever grateful for your help in getting my daughter the help she so desperately needed. Brandon is quite a remarkable man; he made a huge impact on my daughter! I still can't believe we were so fortunate to have you both with us this past weekend. From the way you just happened to pick up my sister's telephone call, to being available the weekend I was flying my family to ......, to getting ......on board - someone up there had a "hand" in all of this. .... Is not happy with me right now - she's angry because I pulled her away from her birthday and Christmas with the family. That's OK, I know it's not my daughter talking and at least I know by getting her to ...... now, she WILL be with me and the family next year." D.L. - Illinois"- DL / Office Visit / Sep 26, 2019
""Dear Debbie and Brandon, Please know how grateful our family is to have received your professional help for my brother. As you know, we as a family did not possess the tools necessary to effectively provide the support or roadmap he desperately needed to get onto the road toward recovery. Your ability to take an emotionally strained family, agonizing over the past and afraid of the future, and turn them into a group of people with purpose was impressive. Your knack with balancing sensitive family issues while treating people with dignity and respect is commendable. Your experience, organization, and passion made executing an effective intervention plan possible. Not only did our family leave the intervention feeling empowered that we can make a difference, but more importantly you were able to reach my brother and send him on his journey of recovery. "I can honestly say that after working with you I felt, 'now there goes two people who are on fire to change the world for the better.' Thank you for recognizing your gifts and talents and using them to help others. We appreciate all that you have done for us." S.H. - Arizona"- SH / Office Visit / Sep 26, 2019
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