Family Matters When It Comes to Addiction Recovery
Addiction ruins lives, and not just the addict’s life, but it affects everyone that is close to the addict, especially the addict’s family. Not only does the addict need treatment, but the entire family needs treatment. Many families think that everything will be “OK” if they can just get their addicted family member “fixed” not realizing that they too need help. The entire family as a whole unit needs to be restored, not just the addict.
Many times the family members are resentful toward the addict, and this resentment just doesn’t go away when the addict comes home from treatment and is no longer using. There are many groups available for family members to join to help them overcome the distrust, resentment, and pain caused by the addicted family member. Some include Al-Anon, Nar-Anon, and Adult Children of Alcoholics to name a few.
One model that gets the entire family involved in the recovery process is called the ARISE intervention model. This model was founded by Dr. Judith Landau and James Garrett along with other clinicians. The ARISE Model is an invitational intervention where the addict is invited to take part in the intervention rather than surprised. Whether the addict chooses to attend the intervention or not the family still will seek treatment together. Many of times the addict will want to be a part of the healing process, because the focus isn’t just on them, but rather the entire family. There are three levels to the ARISE Model and the goal is to stop at the first level that works. Below are the three levels.
- Level 1, “The First Call”, starts when a Concerned Other calls a Certified ARISE® Interventionist for a free phone consultation, and is coached to set up the First Meeting of the Intervention Network. 56% of addicted individuals enter treatment at Level 1.
- Level 2, “Strength in Numbers”, begins if they have not entered treatment during Level 1. The Intervention Network acts as a Board of Directors, so no one deals one-on-one with the addicted individual. By the end of 2 to 5 Intervention Network meetings, 80% of addicted individuals have entered treatment.
- Level 3, “The Formal ARISE® Intervention” is held if treatment entry has not occurred during Level 2. At this meeting serious consequences are put in place if the addicted individual does not enter treatment. By this point, 83% of addicted individuals have entered treatment.
The ARISE Model even has a continuing care program to ensure that both the individual and the family continue to get treatment and attend meetings for up to 1 year after the addict enters a treatment program.
It’s important to break the cycle of addiction. Addiction can be passed from one generation to the next within a family. By addressing key issues within a family without the blame, shame and guilt of the disease the ARISE model begins to put families back together.