Johnson Model Intervention


The effects of addiction can be felt by an addict’s loved ones almost as much as the addict himself or herself.  These effects vary in severity, but they are long-lasting and life-changing for both the addict and his or her loved ones.  Addicts may refuse to believe the existence of a problem, but the symptoms of addiction will push their loved ones and friends to believe otherwise and encourage them to seek treatment.  With most addicts, the support and assistance of loved ones is required to convince them to face their problem and start treatment as soon as possible.  The Johnson model intervention method is one way in which family, friends, and loved ones can show their full support.

Confrontation InterventionThe Johnson model intervention method uses a confrontational approach, in which a close friend or family member set up a meeting with the addict and make him or her realize the damage addiction has done and encourage him or her to get help and enter a treatment center immediately.  Of course, all interventions must be supervised by a professional interventionist to ensure that proper procedure is followed and that everything goes according to plan.  The Johnson model intervention method is widely used and accepted as effective, but is also shunned by some due to its confrontational nature.  This model may result in conflict that may complicate the intervention process.

The Johnson model intervention method was founded by Dr. Vernon Johnson in the late 1960’s in an effort to address psychological disorders and serious personal problems.  Dr. Johnson was an advocate of using interventions to treat addiction and other psychological disorders.  Because of this, the Johnson Institute, of which he is a co-founder, has dedicated more than 40 years in the research and development of substance dependence treatment and recovery methods.  The institute continues Dr. Johnson’s legacy and is, therefore, constantly at the forefront of addiction treatment technology.