The Johnson Model of Intervention Throughout the U.S.

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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.

The Johnson Model 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.

Take The Next Steps

At VIP Recovery, our outstanding clinical team will consult and collaborate with families or businesses using information from each unique situation in order to recommend the appropriate level of treatment. Please call us today to schedule an appointment. Help your loved one or employee take the first step on their road to recovery.

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