In 2014, only 7.5 percent of the 20.2 million adults who had a past year substance use disorder received treatment at a specialty facility. One way of bridging this treatment gap is by offering the direction and support of a guided intervention.
Successful Interventions Overcome Denial
Many people with addiction struggle to admit that they have a problem with drugs or alcohol. If not properly addressed denial can delay treatment.
An intervention opens the door to recovery by giving a person an opportunity to identify that a problem exists. This knowledge then helps the person to develop motivation and incentive for positive changes within their life which support sober, healthy living.
The ARISE Intervention
The goal of an intervention is to make a person aware of their drug use or alcoholism and the issues it’s creating within their life and health. Within a successful intervention an individual recognizes that change is needed and that treatment is the best way to obtain these changes.
ARISE Interventions are designed to help not just the individual, but their family. Addiction is often called a family disease because of the way it harms the family dynamic. Providing family members with an opportunity to have an active role within their loved one’s recovery helps both parties to heal and build more positive behaviors.
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As these relationships grow stronger, all parties involved continue to build hope and resilience so they’re better able to overcome the challenges of the recovery journey.
In ARISE, the individual in need of help is referred to as a “Person of Concern (PoC).” Family members, close friends, coworkers, or any other individual who wishes to begin and take part in the intervention process is called a Concerned Other. Once the intervention begins this group of active loved ones forms the Intervention Network.
ARISE focuses on a mind-body-spirit approach. During intervention, each person’s mental and emotional needs are addressed so they can heal more deeply on a physical and spiritual level.
What makes an ARISE Intervention different from some is that the Person of Concern is aware of the ARISE Intervention right from the start. In ARISE, it’s important that there are no secrets and no surprises. The goal of this transparency is to build trust, respect, and a commitment to a sober life.
By inviting the PoC to take place in the intervention, it gives the addicted individual the opportunity to feel a sense of ownership and control over their life and health. According to ARISE, this approach produces favorable results for many individuals.
As found on their website, “ARISE gets over 83% of addicted individuals into treatment in three weeks. 96% enter treatment in six months. 61% sober by the end of the first year, with 10% more using less.”
During this intervention it’s important that blame is absent, so that the PoC doesn’t feel attacked or pressured into treatment. To accomplish these goals, ARISE encourages communication and meeting people where they are, through both their Family Invitational Intervention and Family Motivation to Change.
ARISE Interventions are specialized to address the needs of all ages, ranging from adolescents to the elderly. To meet this level of service, each ARISE Continuing Care with Intervention includes personalized case management.
Working Through The Intervention
Many people mistakenly (and dangerously) think that a person has to hit rock bottom before they’re able to accept help for the treatment of a substance use disorder. This is not true. The sooner you get a person help, the greater the opportunity for a successful recovery and the smaller the chance that drug-related adverse health effects continue.
Though an ARISE Intervention is facilitated by a Certified ARISE Interventionist, family involvement is necessary to obtain the maximum benefit. As a family accompanies a person on this journey they learn how to best support their loved one in achieving their recovery goals.
The intervention begins at Phase A, which is made up of three levels. It’s not necessary for a person to progress through each of these levels. This stage of ARISE stops at the first level which obtains results (getting a person into treatment).
Level 1: A Concerned Other contacts ARISE on their loved one’s behalf. This is termed the “The First Call.” At this point the First Meeting of the Intervention Network is arranged. ARISE asserts that “56% of addicted individuals enter treatment at Level 1.”
Level 2: No one individual confronts the PoC on their own, instead this step relies on a “Strength in Numbers” approach. “By the end of 2 to 5 Intervention Network meetings, 80% of addicted individuals have entered treatment.”
Level 3: The severe consequences of continued substance use are detailed during what begins “The Formal ARISE Intervention.” “By this point, 83% of addicted individuals have entered treatment.”
While the goal of these interventions is to get a person into treatment, the ARISE method also addresses any underlying issues within the family which may have contributed to the addiction, such as grief or trauma.
ARISE Continuing Care
While getting a person into treatment is a major goal of ARISE, the ultimate goal is to keep a person enrolled in their program and centered within their recovery once they leave. ARISE Continuing Care supports a person and their loved ones as they transition through this process.
Once a person enters treatment, ARISE Continuing Care supports them for six to 12 months. A Certified ARISE Interventionist will continue to work with the Person of Concern and loved ones for six months after treatment ends. Even if the individual did not enter treatment, family work through this program will still be accessible.
Once a person is permitted visitors within treatment, these meetings generally occur once a week, for one hour. In most cases there are two meetings a month during months two and three and one every month thereafter. The frequency of meetings may be adapted to a person’s unique needs. For instance, if a person is contemplating relapse, the number may increase.
Once the PoC is better stabilized within their recovery, education and therapy sessions begin. Psychoeducation works to teach the individual and family more in-depth information about addiction.
ARISE Continuing Care will also help PoCs and family members build a relapse prevention plan and healthy habits which support a sober, balanced life. During this time emphasis will be placed on growth and healing through a bio-psycho-social-cultural-spiritual health model.
This approach focuses on:
- communication skills
- coping with life changes
- educational retraining
- establishing sober support networks
- grief management
- healing dysfunctional relationships
- a healthy diet and eating habits
- job support
- learning how to spend quality family time together
- reaffirmation of any spiritual beliefs
- renewing social lives
- resolving disagreements in a positive way
- stress management
The life skills and accountability gained within this program may increase an individual’s odds of long-term recovery. It also helps the family to have more fulfilling, stable relationships. Research shows that individuals who have a solid support network are more apt to stay engaged in treatment and have a more successful recovery.
ARISE encourages all parties to seek the support and guidance of self-help meetings during recovery, whether they be Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous for the PoC, or Al-Anon for the loved one.
ARISE Interventions Provide Help In Other Ways
ARISE Interventions have been designed to provide stability, healing, and an incentive for change for individuals who struggle with behavioral addictions or mental health disorders.
Compulsive behaviors and a lack of control over a person’s actions accompanies other conditions besides drug and alcohol use. Referred to as behavioral addictions, or impulse control disorders, these repetitive, negative patterns may also cause harm to a person’s health, life, and their family. Some people encounter these in addition to an SUD.
Mental health disorders, like anxiety and depression, can also be very damaging to a person’s health and disruptive to their life. These often accompany substance use disorders, to the extent they may cause an SUD or worsen one. When both occur together it’s termed a co-occurring disorder or dual diagnosis.
Like addiction, a person struggling with a behavioral addiction or mental health disorder may not fully see how their condition is negatively impacting their life.
To address these concerns, ARISE Interventions may be specialized to include interventions for:
- compulsive shopping
- eating disorders
- gambling addiction
- gaming addiction
- internet addiction
- mental health concerns (including dual diagnosis)
- sex addiction
Individuals who struggle with mental and emotional health issues may benefit from the mental health case management plan provided within ARISE Continuing Care.
When the Person of Concern admits they have a problem and that they need help, it’s important to have a treatment plan in place. Many moderate to severe addictions, especially those which require detoxification, are best treated within an inpatient drug rehabilitation program. These residential programs are quite often the most effective options when a dual diagnosis is present, too.
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