Holding a Johnson Model Intervention for a Lortab Addict

Holding a Johnson Model Intervention for a Lortab AddictDr. Vernon Johnson, an Episcopal priest and recovered alcoholic, developed the first intervention model in Minnesota in the 1960s. His model is essentially a confrontational intervention during which loved ones unite to express their concerns and to push for treatment. The model originally focused on alcohol abuse, but it quickly adapted to address any substance, including Lortab. If your loved one abuses this powerful drug, then seek professional help as soon as possible to encourage long-term recovery.

How to Prepare for a Johnson Model Intervention

The first step in holding a Johnson model intervention is to seek a professional interventionist who can determine the most appropriate model that you should employ. If you select a Johnson model, then you will take the following steps:

  • Choose a loved one or interventionist to oversee preparation and to moderate the event
  • Choose participants by excluding those who enable drug abuse or have conflict with the user
  • Plan a time and place for the intervention when the addict is unlikely to be high
  • Write and rehearse intervention letters that show respect for the addict while detailing specific examples of how the addiction caused pain

Since many people still stigmatize addiction, make sure everyone understands that addiction is a disease associated with neurobiological changes and a genetic predisposition. Likewise, Lorcet addicts typically develop a physical dependence that disrupts normal behavior and thought processes, so people are seeing an addict, not their loved one.

How to Stage an Intervention

During an intervention, addicts may become defensive, angry or even hostile, but participants must remain calm, controlled and supportive. Allow the moderator to lead the event in the following ways:

  • Explain that the intervention is being staged out of love and concern
  • Have participants read their intervention letters in a positive tone without judgment
  • Responds to any questions and rebuttals
  • Everyone resists attempts to argue
  • Loved ones ask the addict to get immediate help
  • Predetermined consequences are presented if the addict refuses treatment

Dr. Johnson advocated for an intervention before the addict hit rock bottom, and he also pushes for rapid admittance into treatment to avoid a change of mind. Likewise, the moderator should be prepared to provide the following information on treatment:

  • Supervised detox with options for tapered dosage
  • Integrated treatment for co-occurring mental health disorders
  • Behavioral, psychodynamic, individual and group therapies

Intervention participants should also express their intent to support recovery during and after treatment.

Help Finding Interventionists

Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to speak with one of our admissions coordinators about interventionists, intervention models, treatment options and any other questions you have. They can also check health insurance policies for benefits, so seek help now to begin treatment as soon as possible.