About The Systemic Model
A chemically or behaviorally dependent individual’s harmful choices not only affect him or her, but they also impact the family. We know how hard it is to watch your loved one experience the pain of addiction, substance use disorder, or mental illness, and how it impacts the entire family. The Systemic Model of intervention focuses on including the whole family and changing the way they interact with the at-risk individual so they no longer accidentally reinforce the harmful behavior. To modify the behaviors of the individual, the family has to change how they interact and communicate with them, which will start helping everyone heal.
Ultimately, The Systemic Model is a collaborative effort to help the person overcome their addiction or substance use disorder problem and to motivate him or her to seek treatment. The family is heavily involved throughout the entire treatment process and offers support and encouragement. They also learn how to communicate in an effective way and hopefully, overcome residual resentment. If a family member is engaging in dangerous behaviors, please reach out to us as soon as possible. Brandon, Debbie, and their excellent team can travel throughout the U.S. to offer assistance during this complicated and 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
Systemic Model Candidates
Since the family is a critical component to the person’s recovery, The Systemic Model of intervention works well for an adolescent who is engaging in harmful behaviors. It may also help addicts who have not completely “hit rock bottom” so they can still engage in everyday things, such as work or school. However, they are still engaging in behaviors that impact the people around them. Additionally, couples who have strained relationships may benefit from The Systemic Model of intervention because it allows for an open conversation about feelings from all parties. To make it easier on the family and the addict, we will travel anywhere in the U.S. to perform the intervention in a safe location.
The Systemic Model Steps
For most families, it’s really difficult to discuss issues and admit that some of them start within the family. Addiction, substance use disorder, and mental illness are very challenging topics for most people. We want families to know that they shouldn’t feel ashamed of past behaviors or any stigma surrounding these topics. Past mistakes may have been made, but it’s vital for you to step forward. Using a multiple-step process, we will guide you through The Systemic Model, which differs from The Johnson Model in several ways. The Johnson Model uses a more confrontational approach and sets strict boundaries for the family if the individual chooses not to go to a treatment center. In The Systemic Model, the family is imperative to the treatment and recovery of their loved one. The family will learn how to support the individual without enabling them while also receiving counseling services themselves. These steps include:
Meetings – The person engaging in harmful behaviors knows about all of the meetings, which differs from The Johnson Model. For the first meeting with the interventionist, all of the family members and the addict attend. During the meetings, everyone, including the addict, will discuss the events and behaviors that have impacted their lives. As Brandon and Debbie lead this conversation, members can openly discuss issues in a back and forth manner instead of everyone individually taking turns, like The Johnson Model of intervention, which everyone takes turns speaking. Depending on the time needed to get your family member into treatment, meetings may continue over the course of a week or can last for several months.
Group effort – This model is a collaborative process. All members must have an active and continuous role in the recovery process for the addict.
Counseling – The meetings will end after the family commits to therapy and the individual acknowledges his or her problem and chooses to enter a rehab program. In some cases, the individual will need to attend an inpatient rehab to safely begin detoxing. After the rehab, the family and the person in recovery will attend group therapy sessions.
What Happens Next?
This type of intervention relies heavily on the family to help the person recover. Once the addict has decided to seek treatment, the meetings will end and he or she will enroll in a treatment center. In some cases, the individual may need to go to a detox facility to safely recover. To make it easier for your family and to ensure the safety of your loved one, we will transport them to a clinic. Throughout the individual’s treatment process, the family members will continue their own personal counseling and then start group therapy once he or she has completed rehab.
Start The Road To Treatment
Family members can have a huge impact on motivating their partner, son, or daughter to seek treatment and offer encouragement as they recover. The Systemic Model of intervention encourages healing for both the family and the chemically or behaviorally dependent individual because of the open communication between the two parties. If you have a member of the family who is engaging in harmful behaviors, please reach out to us as soon as possible. We can help you determine if The Systemic Model is the best type of intervention for your loved one. The team at VIP Recovery will travel throughout the United States to meet you and your loved one and lead the critical conversation.