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The ARISE® Intervention Overview

Using a compassionate Invitational Intervention®, the ARISE Model® is a three-phase process which is a Continuum of Care that leads your loved one into appropriate treatment and recovery. The addicted individual is invited to join the process right from the beginning with no surprises, no secrets, no coercion, and absolute respect and love. ARISE introduces the addicted person and the family to a new life of recovery and healing. The individual does not need to hit bottom before getting help.

The ARISE process breaks the cycle of repeated disappointment and failure without the blame, shame, and guilt that accompanies the disease. It brings healing to family, friends and co-workers who come together to build a solid recovery network. It works because the entire network is involved, and every decision is made by the majority. There is no opportunity for the addicted individual to pressure anyone "one-on-one" which would let the disease win. The focus of ARISE is on both individual and family healing and recovery. ARISE gets over 83% of addicted individuals into treatment, with 61% sober by the end of the first year.

  • Phase A:  The ARISE® Intervention is directed towards getting the addicted loved one into treatment with the least possible effort through a loving, compassionate and non-blaming First Call and First Meeting. The support system is mobilized to form a committed Intervention Network to motivate the addicted individual into treatment. Phase A has three levels and the goal is to stop at the first level that works:

Level 1, “The First Call,” starts when a Concerned Other calls a Certified ARISE Interventionist for a free phone consultation, and is coached to set up the First Meeting of the Intervention Network. 56% of addicted individuals enter treatment at Level 1.
Level 2, Strength in Numbers,” begins If they have not entered treatment during Level 1. The Intervention Network acts as a Board of Directors, so no one deals one-on-one with the addicted individual. By the end of 2 to 5 Intervention Network meetings, 80% of addicted individuals have entered treatment.
Level 3, “The Formal ARISE Intervention,” is held if treatment entry has not occurred during Level 2. At this meeting serious consequences are put in place if the addicted individual does not enter treatment. By this point, 83% of addicted individuals have entered treatment.

  • Phase B:  Support your Loved One through ARISE Treatment and into Recovery begins when the addicted individual enters treatment, and lasts for 6 months. The goals are individual and family healing and recovery. It includes, if possible, the family and individual becoming involved in 12-step program. The Certified ARISE Interventionist works collaboratively with the addicted individual, the treatment center, and the family to ensure treatment completion, relapse prevention, and the resolution of grief and other problems at the root of the pain and the addictive disease.

  • Phase C:  Living in Recovery focuses on the Certified ARISE Interventionist working with the Intervention Network and addicted individual to prevent relapse, initiate long-term recovery, and complete the work towards family healing and recovery. This includes ensuring that work, life style, social circle, family relationships and personal decisions made for personal growth in Phase B are happening for individual and family.

"Invitational Intervention" invites the addicted individual to participate in the intervention process. There are no secrets, surprises or ambush. Everyone involved is treated with dignity and respect. The ARISE model uses the addicted individual's support system to motive them into treatment. The ARISE model helps families, organizations and communities deal with issues such as: Addiction (substance abuse, alcohol, internet, sex, gambling), Mental Illness and treatment, Resistant Elders and long term care, and HIV/AIDS and Treatment.

A major concern in the U.S. addiction field is that, in any given year, 90-95% of drug-and/or alcohol-dependent persons do not get into either treatment or self-help (National Institute on Drug Abuse Research Monograph No. 105. DHHS Pub. No. [ADM]91-1753.) This disturbing finding highlights the need for improved methods for engaging substance abusers in treatment. The National Drug Czar, John Walters, recently stated, "We need to take the courageous step of helping people find successful recovery in greater numbers."

In an NIH study, the ARISE method for helping family members and concerned others get their resistant substance abusers into treatment with was undertaken in two upstate New York outpatient drug/alcohol clinics. ARISE proved successful in getting 83% of the resistant cases into treatment.

Additional Reading:

A Method for Engaging Reluctant Alcohol and Drug Dependent Individuals in Treatment (216 KB)

Outcomes with the ARISE Approach to Engaging Reluctant Drug- and Alcohol-Dependent Individuals in Treatment (273 KB)

Strength In Numbers (166 KB)