Holding a Johnson Model Intervention for a Marijuana Addict

Holding a Johnson Model Intervention for a Marijuana Addict

Seeking to intervene for a loved one struggling with marijuana addiction can often be difficult as marijuana use is typically not taken seriously or underestimated for its addictive nature. Marijuana addicts tend to not acknowledge that they have a problem or that the problem is causing any harm to anyone. A Johnson model intervention can be beneficial for a marijuana addict when the family members are unable to adequately generate change or effectively broach the topic. The family members and other participating members of the intervention directly confront the addict. The Johnson model intervention typically consists of the following steps that seek to lead the addict into treatment:

  • A professional interventionist gathers together a specific group of family, friends, and sometimes co-workers to come up with a personalized plan to get the addict into treatment.
  • During planning, the members of the intervention write down what they want to say and include specific examples of how the addiction has negatively affected them, the addict, or other people, such as children who are not present during the intervention.
  • The professional interventionist will ensure that all the information written by the members of the intervention is presented in a caring and supportive way that does not cast blame, but rather encourages healthy change.
  • Statements made by the participating members during the intervention should be strictly factual and followed by evidential instances of when the drug use had a negative outcome.
  • Once all of the letters have been read by the members of the intervention, the addict is given a few different treatment options and is told to choose one.
  • If the addict accepts treatment, he or she is immediately taken to the treatment center with a previously packed bag. If treatment is not accepted by the addict, then the aforementioned consequences are enforced until the addict agrees to be treated.

The Johnson model can take careful planning and extensive training sessions for family members to learn the ins and outs of addiction and how it is caused. It can be a beneficial step to take for marijuana addicts who are in denial of their addiction and unwilling to seek change.

However, in some cases a Johnson model intervention may not be the best way to intervene in a marijuana addiction. Many addicts can develop an overbearing sense of isolation as a result of a Johnson model intervention and may have trouble recovering from the experience. They may want nothing to do with the family members after the intervention and become worse off than before. Some marijuana addicts may respond better to an intimate and planned meeting that with just one or two close family members. This approach can be especially beneficial for addicts who are aware of their problem and desire to change. A professional interventionist can often help in deciding whether or not a marijuana addict will benefit from a Johnson model intervention.

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