How to Have an ARISE Model Intervention for an LSD Addict

How to Have an ARISE Model Intervention for an LSD Addict

During an ARISE model intervention, family members encourage the LSD addict to pursue recovery

An ARISE model intervention can help an LSD addict break through denial. It can help an individual realize that his or her drug use is problematic. Most intervention models focus solely on securing treatment for the addict. The ARISE model allows family members to work together to promote healing for everyone affected by the addiction. This type of intervention has three phases. During an ARISE model intervention, family members encourage the LSD addict to pursue recovery. They also work on their own emotional recovery. Focusing on the entire family unit offers the LSD user ongoing support before, during, and after treatment.

Phase One of the ARISE Model for Addiction Interventions

During the first phase of an ARISE model intervention, family members work closely with an ARISE intervention specialist to plan the intervention. This planning stage involves the entire family, addicted individual included. The Association of Intervention Specialists[1] explains, “The ARISE Intervention invites the addicted individual to join the process right from the beginning with no surprises, no secrets, no coercion, and absolute respect and love.” All family members are aware of the plans for the intervention. All are welcome to participate in the planning process. An intervention will not feel overwhelming or like a personal attack when the family includes the addicted individual in the planning process. As the family meets with their ARISE interventionist in preparation for the event, they learn the following:

  • How the LSD user suffers due to his addiction
  • What happens in LSD addiction treatment
  • Why LSD addiction treatment is crucial to recovery

According the ARISE intervention model, the family holds a series of meetings with their addicted loved one. Some LSD addicts choose to enter treatment after the first meeting, while others attend five or six meetings before they agree to participate in a treatment program. If the addict is resistant to treatment, the family holds one final meeting that is more confrontational than previous ones. Family members may choose to give the addict consequences for not entering treatment. The family often secures a spot in a treatment program prior to this meeting. If the LSD addict agrees to enter treatment, she or he can do so immediately.

Phase Two of the ARISE Model of Interventions

Addiction changes families. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration[2] (SAMHSA) explains, “When one member of a family is affected by a behavioral health disorder such as mental illness or addiction, everyone is affected. As a result, family dynamics can change in unhealthy ways. Lies and secrets can build up in the family. Some family members may take on too much responsibility, other family members may act out, and some may just shut down.” Much like addiction itself, these addicted-based changes do not go away on their own. During phase two of an ARISE model intervention, the family moves forward with the healing process. This happens even if the addict is still resistant to treatment. Family members must cease all enabling behaviors. If they have established boundaries and consequences in response to continued use, they must maintain these. Family members can find support from their interventionist. Additional counseling sessions and participation in 12-step programs helps promote healing.

When a family member agrees to treatment, the family must still pursue healing as a whole. The family remains involved. They learn how to best support their loved one throughout the recovery process. They learn how to support themselves. SAMHSA continues, “Often a family remains stuck in unhealthy patterns even after the family member with the behavioral health disorder moves into recovery…Family therapy can help the family as a whole recover and heal. It can help all members of the family make specific, positive changes as the person in recovery changes. These changes can help all family members heal from the trauma of mental illness or addiction.” Through intervention family members provide encouragement and motivation. They support early recovery efforts. They find health for themselves and long-term healing for their loved one.

Phase Three of the Arise Model for Interventions

Recovery does not end when primary treatment ends. Phase three includes long-term involvement in recovery. Maintaining recovery requires daily dedication and a network of support. Treatment aftercare programs connect individuals to resources for long-term recovery. These may involve continued therapy and support group meetings. Individuals must practice the skills and use the tools they gained in treatment. Families can be essential sources of support when they have found support, treatment and education for themselves.

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[1]    http://www.associationofinterventionspecialists.org/arise-gains-more-ground/. “What Is Arise?” Association of Intervention Specialists. 29 Jan 2014. Web. 13 Aug 2016.

[2]    https://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content/SMA13-4784/SMA13-4784.pdf. “Family Therapy Can Help.” Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 2013. Web. 13 Aug 2016.