How to Have an ARISE Model Intervention for a Hydrocodone Addict

Hydrocodone addicts do not all put up the same amount of resistance to entering treatment. From day to day, a particular individual’s attitudes and readiness for change can vary dramatically. The Albany-Rochester Interventional Sequence for Engagement (ARISE) model of intervention incorporates flexibility into the amount of effort and risk used to bring hydrocodone addicts into treatment.

How To Get Started Planning an ARISE Intervention

For families and friends of hydrocodone addicts, one of the biggest advantages of the ARISE model is the ease with which the process begins. A simple phone call to a treatment facility gets things started. The process is directed by an intervention specialist at the treatment center. Participants are then familiarized with the three possible stages of ARISE interventions.

Stage 1: An Invitation from Family

An intervention specialist from the treatment program answers the call from the friend or family member who made contact. In the call, she instructs the caller to invite the hydrocodone addict and the key people in that person’s life to a meeting at the facility. It is important that the friends and family agree to attend the meeting even if the addict eventually chooses not to come. If the hydrocodone addict attends the meeting and agrees to begin treatment, the intervention is successful.

Stage 2: An Invitation from Family and a Therapist

If the addict does not attend or refuses treatment, the next phase begins. The therapist, friends and family at that initial meeting immediately begin exploring ideas and strategies for convincing the hydrocodone addict to accept treatment. A telephone call to the addict, while everyone is still present, is usually attempted.

Throughout this stage, the interventionist provides strategies that can be immediately implemented. It is important that all of the group’s actions convey concern and love for the addict. Three meetings or even more may be conducted in this second stage until the hydrocodone addict agrees to treatment.

Stage 3: A Formal Intervention

If these informal invitations to treatment are rejected, the intervention specialist will then lead the friends and family of the hydrocodone addict in the planning and staging of a formal intervention. This stage resembles the popular understanding of a more traditional intervention. Instead of inviting the addict to a meeting, the people taking part in the intervention confront the addict about his behavior.

Instead of invitations to treatment and simple expressions of concern, the intervention now has demands and consequences. Those taking part in the intervention ask the addict to change and promise specific consequences that will follow if he continues to reject treatment.

The tactics of Stage 3 can be painful, which is why the ARISE model begins with less confrontational and combative stages first. A formal intervention requires a great deal of time and energy. Plus, the promise of consequences can raise the level of tension in the family and even risk a counterproductive withdrawal from family and friends. Once the simpler methods of the earlier stages have failed, however, the need for the formal intervention has been demonstrated.

Help Hydrocodone Addicts Get Treatment

To learn more about helping hydrocodone addicts through ARISE interventions, call our 24 hour helpline. The call is toll free.