ARISE Intervention Conference

I had the pleasure of attending the ARISE Intervention workshop at Cumberland Heights Lodge in Nashville, Tennessee last week along with about 50 other people from all over the US. Louise went with me to get re-certified since she did the workshop about this same time last year. The key workshop presenters were Dr. Judith Landau, Sarah Hills, and Kevin Keefe. The neat thing about the ARISE model, which stands for A Relational Intervention Sequence of Engagement, is that it involves the whole family and is done with no shame, blame, or guilt. The ARISE Model is different from other intervention models because this model is built on the supposition that the family is key to a person achieving treatment and long term recovery.  This model encourages each family member to get the help they may need but also educates all family members in addiction. At the initial meeting, the development of a genogram draws the focus on the entire family and each family member is encouraged to stay positive as they share their wants for the Person of Concern (PoC). Typically their success rate of getting a client to agree to go to treatment after this first meeting is very high. The family then works together to improve the overall family health, including overcoming mental illness, physical illness and substance use. By developing a genogram, family recovery message, and focusing on family resiliency, the family begins to stop the patterns of addiction in future generations.

There were some wonderful sponsors there who had tables set up and who did a short presentation about their programs. These programs are highly respected by the staff who run the ARISE workshop. Bringing Real Change, Driftwood, Westbridge and Capstone were our conference sponsors.