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The Intervention

September 14, 2012, 7:50 AM by Austin Hoffman

The Intervention

It doesn't matter how old you are, where you're from, or who you are, addiction can affect anyone.

On Monday night, KELOLAND News will air an hour-long special on the impact of addiction and how to overcome it.

Addiction is one of the few diseases where many people don't know or won't admit they have it. One way for a family to find the help they need and for a chance to recover from the addiction is through an intervention.

"An intervention is the orchestrated collection of concerned family members and friends to present an invitation to help a loved one suffering from addiction to accept a treatment process that will begin the road of recovery," Brad Patterson said.

Patterson, who is with the Carroll Institute, is in his fourteenth year of recovery and helps concerned loved ones with interventions through his twelfth step of the 12-step program.  He says there are three different methods of interventions.

The original and very confrontational method is called the Johnson Method. He says it's been criticized as the least effective intervention strategy. One of the two more modern and popular is called the Systemic Method. It revolves around the family and each member plays a relational role in inviting the loved one to treatment.

"The family ends up realizing that addiction is a family dynamic, a family problem and that the systemic methodology of intervention can help to be more engaging as a family unit," Patterson said.

The third is called the Arise Method. In both the first two methods, the addicted loved one is surprised by the family and friends. With the Arise Method, they're part of the planning process from the very beginning.

"What is interesting about this engagement is from the onset it allows for the resistance of the loved on to come out before the group actually makes the formal request. And it also gets the addicted loved one to start thinking that the family is very serious," Paterson said.

Patterson says no matter what type you use, the end goal is to get that person the help they need.

Click on the links below for more resources on overcoming an addiction.
Carroll Institute
Face It Together

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